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HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A STEAM FACIAL

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I have been giving myself steam facials since I was little.  Here’s how it started, one day I was at my babysitter’s home (yes, I was that young) and I saw her under a towel over a hot pot of water.  I asked her curiously what was she doing and that was the beginning of my beauty education at such an early age. When it works it works! I love it and here’s why… A steam facial acts as a detoxifier that opens your pores for a deep clean. It releases oil, dirt, bacteria, impurities and toxins from your skin. In addition it increase blood circulation and stimulates perspiration. to loosens blackheads and whiteheads. A steam facial also opens your sinuses and leaves your skin glowing! Here’s my process of an at-home facial and products to help you beauty routine.

STEP ONE – THE PREP

Boil a few cups of water on the stove. While the water is boiling gather a face towel and larger towel, like a bath sheet. I like to add a few drops of essential oil to my bath sheet while steaming.  You will need a glass or ceramic bowl and a heat plate to rest your bowl.  I don’t recommend that you steam right out of the pot, but rather transfer to a heat-safe bowl on a table. Next, wash your face. This step in preparation for your steam facial is essential.  The steam will open up your pores and you do not want dirt and make up to seep into your pores and cause irritation and acne, so a clean pallet is a must. Pat your face dry with your face towel. Now you are ready for your facial.

STEP TWO – THE STEAM

Transfer your water into your glass bowl.  To enhance your steam facial you can add herbs and essential oils directly to the water.

Use lemongrass or peppermint for an energizing steam.
Use chamomile or lavender for a relaxing steam.
Use peppermint or eucalyptus for a cold-conquering steam.
Use sandalwood or bergamot for a stress-relieving steam.

I also read that you can add an herbal tea bag to your water. I’ve never  tried it, but it sounds nice!

Drape a towel over your head so that it creates a tent over your face.  Keep your face over the steam for about 10 minutes– no longer than that. Be careful not to get too close to the water, extreme heat can cause inflammation.  Close your eyes and breathe deeply, allowing the heat and essential oils to pamper your face and open your pores.

STEP THREE- THE MASK

Mix 1 part clay to 2 parts apple cider vinegar, mix until smooth.

Apply the mixture to the face and neck. For sensitive skin, let dry for 5-10 minutes. For normal/oily skin, let dry for 15-20 minutes. The mask will tighten as it dries. The thicker the application the longer it will take to dry, so be sure to apply a thin layer.

Rinse off with warm water. Don’t forget toner.  Toner closes your pores so that a dirt doesn’t get into your pores.  Using a toner after steaming will help your face look toned and fresh. Use a cotton ball to apply the toner of your choice to your nose, forehead, cheeks and chin. You can use your favorite toner or just add apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball– it serves as a toner too!

Murad Hydrating Toner

Lastly, moisturize! Steaming it can actually dry it out, so this is an important step. Smooth on your favorite moisturizer, or try a face-softening oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil or argan oil.

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 

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