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DIY: Aromatherapy Steam Facial

by | Oct 5, 2015 | Healthy Skin | 0 comments

A DIY steam facial is a great way to practice self-care, but add pure essential oils and you have stepped up your game.  You can now put the kids to bed and step into the bathroom where you can be swept away to a luxurious spa experience, even if it is just for a short period of time, all from the comfort of your own home.

October 5, 2015 | the WELLTODO Lifestyle, photo credit:donnakerfoot.com



With only a pot of hot water, a towel, and essential oils, you can easily create your own aromatherapy steam facial that can greatly benefit your skin and sense of well-being. A steam facial can work magic on your skin. The steam helps to increase circulation and draw blood to the surface of your skin, giving it a nice warm, healthy glow. It also helps to deep clean your pores of any dirt and debris and adds moisture to your skin. Not only is it great for your skin—it is also very relaxing and therapeutic as well.


What you need:                   

Large pot or kettle to heat water in
Large bowl
Towel
5 drops of essential oil


What essential oils:                

 Use a combination of essential oils that can help benefit your skin:

For oily/troubled skin: use Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemongrass or Melaleuca

For dry skin: use Lavender, Geranium, or Frankincense

For normal skin: use Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood, or Ylang Ylang


Directions:                  

1- Wash your face with a gentle face wash to remove any makeup, grease, or dirt.

2- Bring a pot of water to a boil (about 5 cups).

3- Once the water begins to boil, transfer it to a large bowl.

4- Add essential oils to the water.

5- Take a large bath towel and drape it over your head and bowl. This will create a “steam tent.”  Position your face 12-18 inches away from water so the steam can go into your nose and skin.

6- Relax and enjoy for 3-5 minutes.

7- Once done, wash face to remove any dirt from pores that may have surfaced, and use a toner, to help further cleanse your pores.

8- Pat skin dry with a clean towel. Repeat once a week.

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What are essential oils?:                    

For more information on essential oils. 


Where can I purchase essential oils?:

Essential oils can be purchased here.



Editor’s note: The steam can also be helpful if you are congested or have the flu. Use essential oils such as Eucalyptus to help open airways and soothe discomfort.

 

 

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