Facial steaming opens up your pores to release dirt, oil, bacteria, and other toxins. The process also softens your skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin, though, you should avoid facial steams, because the heat can irritate your skin.
What you need
- 4–5 cups water
- Tea kettle or large pot
- 2 large towels
- 1 large ceramic bowl
- 1 mint tea bag
- 1 chamomile tea bag
How you make it
1. Bring the water to boil in a large pot.
2. In the meantime, set up a steaming station at your kitchen table. Fold one of the towels and place it on the table. Set the bowl on top of it. Place the tea bags in the bowl.
3. When the water is boiling, carefully pour it into the bowl.
How you use it
1. Sit down at the table and lean over the bowl. Drape the second towel over both your head and the bowl to trap the steam.
2. Steam for about 10 minutes. Keep your face close enough to the bowl that you feel the steam, but not so close that the steam burns you. The steam should feel relaxing, not painful.
3. When you’re ready, take off the towel and go splash cool water over your face.
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This recipe has been adapted from Girls’ Home Spa Lab.