Our skin care routine runs something like this - cleansing, toning, moisturising and a weekly face mask, right? You may think that is enough, but you are missing on one crucial step that can make all the difference - herbal steam for dry skin, combination and oily skin!
Your skin produces sebum that protects and lubricates the skin. This sebum, when trapped in the follicular opening (that is pores), leads to breakout and acne.
Steam makes your face sweat, which in turn opens the pores, loosens the surface layer of dead cells, and releases dirt.
Not just that, it dilates blood vessels, which stimulates blood flow, and helps skin absorb nutrients and oxygen better, giving it a radiant glow.
However, when talking about herbal steam for dry skin, people have a lot of questions. Should they take steam after cleansing? How long should it last? Which herbs to infuse? Will all herbs react the same way for different skin types?
This is precisely why we are here. Steam for not more than 5 to 10 minutes. Restrict herbal steam once a week. If you have an acne-prone skin, consult with a doctor first.
If you have dry skin, use hydrating steam blend and vice versa for oily skin. Other than that, here is step-by-step method on how to remove skin impurities naturally with steam!
Cleanse your face with a mild face wash. If you take steam without rinsing your face first, all the dirt and makeup residue will further embed themselves deep into the pores.
Scrub. Use a mildly granulated scrub in a circular motion, focusing on the area around your nose and forehead. Do this for a minute and then rinse your face with plain water. Pat dry.
Add 3 cups of distilled water in a pot and bring it to a boiling point. Reduce the flame and add 3 drops of rose oil. Rose cleanses and tones skin. It will lighten any scars and keep your skin from turning red.
Add half a teaspoon of lemon peel powder to the water. Lemon in this steam removes the dirt from skin, detoxifies it, making it baby soft and lightening any dark spots
In the end, add 3 drops of chamomile oil, it has anti-inflammatory properties that will kill bacteria and hydrate dry and irritated skin.
If your skin is too itchy, add half a teaspoon of dried lavender leaves to the water. It will relieve itchiness, calm and soothe irritated skin. Plus, it is super gentle.
Transfer the hot solution in a big bowl and set it on a table. Pull your hair away from your face with a headband. Take your face close to the bowl, but not so close that it will scald your skin. Keep a few inches distance from your face and the steaming bowl. Cover your head with a towel and take steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
At any point if the steam feels too hot, draw your face further away. Later, splash your face with cold water a few times.
Take a few drops of apple cider vinegar in a cotton ball and rub it all over your face and neck. Astringent properties of vinegar will further cleanse the pores and tone the skin. Let it sit for a minute and then rinse your face. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Massage your face with a nourishing face cream. Massage in circular movements for a couple of minutes for the cream to seep in well.
What To Expect?
This hydrating steam blend will give your skin a dewy glow, make your skin super soft and clear. However, to be on safe side, make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients mentioned in the article. Also, if you have excessively dry skin, take herbal steam not more than twice a month!