How to Do a Steam Facial at Home

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No need for trips to an upscale spa or salon; you can treat your skin to a spa-style facial in the comfort of your own kitchen. A relaxing steam facial benefits the skin in several ways, and it costs nearly nothing. The steam improves circulation, hydrates dry skin, deep-cleans clogged pores and loosens blackheads. For an extra-special home steam treatment, add a handful of aromatic dry or fresh herbs.

Wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm water. If you have long hair, tie it back to keep it out of the water.

Pour approximately a quart of water in a large saucepan, then bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from the burner and let the water cool until it is still hot but not boiling.

Pour the hot water into a large glass or ceramic bowl, then place the bowl on a countertop or another safe, sturdy surface.

Add a small handful of fresh or dried herbs, if desired. Mint or lavender is effective if your skin is oily, while calendula, comfrey or chamomile soothes sensitive skin. Dry skin benefits from mint. A piece of licorice root is an all-purpose herb that opens the pores and cleanses any skin type. For a relaxing, sweet-smelling facial, add a handful of organic rose petals or orange blossoms.

Lean over the bowl with your face at least 12 inches from the steam. Create a steam tent by draping a large bath towel over your head.

Steam your face for 5 to 7 minutes. Stop sooner if your skin feels uncomfortable or if you have sensitive skin or acne.

Wipe your face with a cool washcloth to remove loosened impurities and close your pores.