Try an at-home facial steam for a self-pampering treatment that will have you feeling like you’re at a luxurious spa!
Try a combination of the ingredients found in Numi tea with fresh flowers and herbs for a relaxing and cleansing experience with lots of benefits:
1. Facial steaming can help keep blemishes at bay! Blackheads and whiteheads are formed when dirt and hardened sebum (an oily, waxy substance produced by glands in your skin) plug up your pores. Steam softens these deposits and makes it easier to cleanse the pores.
2. Steaming can fight dullness and wrinkles by increasing circulation. Your skin reacts to the warm steam by thermoregulation, causing blood vessels to constrict and blood flow to the face to increase, along with the delivery of extra oxygen and nutrients.
3. You can remove toxins from your skin through facial steaming, too! While steaming, your face will produce more sweat than usual. Sweating helps toxins to be released through the pores. Your skin is your body’s largest organ.
Lemon Peel and Chamomile Tea
The citric acid found in lemon peels helps to cleanse and brighten skin. You might even notice smoother and tighter skin after bathing your face in lemon-scented steam. Chamomile has similar lightening benefits to citric, reducing the appearance of dark spots and blemish scars. Chamomile is also known as a relaxation agent, inducing sleepiness through a flavonoid called chrysin. Use this facial steam before bedtime, or any other time you need to relax.
Basil and Black Tea
Wonder-herb basil isn’t just great for cooking! When applied on the skin it has soothing and calming properties. Basil also helps reduce inflammation, making it a great choice to reduce puffiness. Black tea is an astringent, helping to fight oily and dirty skin. It’s also a good source of antioxidants, which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Green Tea and Rose Petals
Green tea has the same astringent and antioxidant powers as black tea, but comes with an invigorating and energizing boost. Don’t forget that your facial steam session is an aromatherapy session as well! Rose petals have been used for skin care since the time of early civilizations due to their ability to soften and smooth skin (the natural oils in rose petals help your skin retain its moisture.
Make sure that your face is clean and free of any makeup or products. Boil approximately 6 cups of water. Transfer to a bowl and add tea and fresh or dried herbs or flowers. Place the bowl on a table and let it cool for a few moments before placing a large towel over your head to form a “tent” which will keep in the steam. Be extremely careful to hold your face about 18 inches away from the steaming water. If your face gets too close to the steam, it could burn your face! Let the steam bathe your face for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water and follow up with a light moisturizer.