Temperatures can be all over the place with the changing seasons. In my experience, this reflects in our skin and our health. They don’t call it “cold season” for nothing. Regarding the visage, I start to notice dry patches and general flakiness. Steaming your face with warm, herbal vapors soothes your skin, your respiratory system, and your nervous system. This ritual is the perfect way to unwind, and as you breath in the purifying steam, the herbs will brighten your complexion. The steam softens your skin and provides the perfect opportunity for deep penetration of a moisturizing mask.
Make sure to first gently cleanse your skin. Take a half tablespoon of honey and spread onto dry skin. Let sit for a while while you head to the kitchen and put a small pot of water on the stove to boil. Make sure it’s a pot for which you’ve got the lid. Once the water is boiled, turn off the heat and place your choice of herbs in the pot.* Replace the lid and let steep.
Rinse the honey from your face with lemon water and a wash cloth. On moist skin, apply a thick layer of a moisturizing mask. My favorite is the Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Cream Mask. Take the pot of hot water over to a table or counter at which you can sit comfortable and grab a blanket or towel. Put the towel or blanket over your head to create a sort of tent over yourself and the pot; this will trap the steam. Pull the lid away partly to let a little bit of the steam escape slowly (caution: it will be very hot). Breath deeply and enjoy. After 10-20 minutes, place a cool washcloth over your face and wipe gently. Mist with your favorite floral water.** Peace!
*Lots of companies sell herbal mixtures specifically for steaming, like Chagrin Valley and Rebecca’s Apothecary. You can use any dried or fresh herbs that you have, though, like thyme, rosemary, mint, chamomile, or lavender, to name a few!
** Rose water is especially hydrating.