An herbal facial steam is the easiest and most accessible cosmetic treatment with the most immediate effect. The humidity and concentrated temperature of the steam purges impurities from the skin, then softens and prepares it for the immediate application of an herbal moisturizer. (Caution: Steam facials should not be used for those with very dry skin, or whose veins are close to the facial surface; nor asthmatics, or those with heart trouble.)
1 Ounce of fragrant botanical tea.
Good for dry, irritated, red, sore, damaged skins, but suitable for all skins.
Tie back your hair, then wash your face thoroughly. Measure ½ cup dried facial steaming herbs, and place them in a large ceramic bowl. Bring 4 cups of distilled water to the boil, then pour it over the herbs. Cover your head with a large towel to form a tent over the bowl. Holding your head about 12 inches over the bowl, allow the steam to surround your face for approx. 10 minutes, or as long as you feel comfortable. Your face and neck will be flushed, SOFT, HYDRATED, SMOOTH and supple. Cool the face down by sponging it with tepid water, or an infusion of cool lavender or chamomile hydrosol. It is best to remain indoors for about an hour to let your skin adjust to its normal temperature.