Facial Steam Baths
To prepare your skin for further treatment, you can open and cleanse your pores with facial steam baths. Rejuvenation and nourishment can be added by infusing herbs into the water so their benefits can be felt and enjoyed.
Method For Herbal Facial Steam Baths
- Pour boiled water into a ceramic, stainless or plastic basin.
- Sprinkle a few pinches of your choice of dried herbs and leave to infuse into the water for a few minutes.
- Place basin on a table, sit down, keeping your head at a comfortable distance lean over basin with a large towel over your head.
- Continue for 5 – 10 minutes allowing for the herbs and vapour to do their work.
- Splash face with cool water and pat dry.
- Finish by applying an astringent to close pores and use a serum / moisturiser unless you are following the facial steam with another spa treatment.
Tips for Herbal Facial Steam Baths
Essential oils can be used instead of herbs.
You can use the bathroom sink, sit comfortably on a chair whilst steaming.
A boiling infusion can be used to make a stronger steam simply replace the herbs in step 2.
|Calendula (Marigold Petals)||Used for healing and tissue generating properties for all skin types, including sensitive and babies. Anti-inflammatory action, treatment of sunburn, varicose veins, wounds, spots, acne and boils. Relieves itchiness.|
|Chamomile flowers||Soothing and relaxing, also for the treatment of eczema|
|Chickweed (aerial parts)||A classic herb that relieves itchiness and treats all manner of skin rashes, inflammation and breakouts.|
|Comfrey roots||For treatment of eczema, skin problems, also has anti wrinkle and skin rejuvenation properties|
|Horsetail||Known as the ‘beauty herb’ great for strengthening connective skin and tissue. Reduces psoriasis|
|Lady’s Mantle (Whole plant)||For soothing itchiness, inflamed skin, eczema and psoriasis. Great for balancing dry, sensitive chapped or large-pored skin.|
|Lavender flowers||Another ‘beauty herb’, relaxing, soothing and sedative. Good for skin rashes, inflammations, irritations and stings etc.|
|Nettle leaves||Helps circulation, soothes eczema, sensitive and dry skin. Cleanses and clarifies oily skin|
|Peppermint leaves||Revitalising, clarifying ans stimulating. Reduces swelling and its coolness calms itchiness. Good for Large-pored skin.|
|Plantain leaves||Great treatment for some skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis|
|Rosemary leaves||Stimulates and warms aids blood circulation great for treating gout and / joint muscular pains. Good for skin problems e.g. blackheads, spots and oily skin.|
|St John’s Wort herb||Reputable calming properties perfect for calming/soothing irritated, inflamed skin, aids rheumatic and muscular pains also good for cleaning wounds and burns etc.|
|Wild Pansy||Heals, cleans, soothes and rejuvenates. Exceptionally good for large-pored skin also problem skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema and rough skin.|
|Yarrow leaves||For management of varicose veins, haemorrhoids, healing sores and wounds. Alleviates itching and also eczema|