Warm steam unclogs pores and moisturizes your face, so you'll find it an effective remedy for oily or dry skin. One steam session can cost a fortune at a salon or sauna, though. If you're on a budget, save some cash by setting up your own herbal steam treatment. Hot water, dried herbs and fragrant essential oils are all you need for a relaxing facial steam.

Step 1

Fill a large saucepan or teapot with 2 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil on the stove, then remove the pan from the heat.

Step 2

Add 1/3 cup of dried herbs, such as calendula, lavender, rose petals or lemongrass, to the water. Let the herbs steep for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Fill a sink halfway with hot water. The water should be just hot enough to make you perspire. Pour the herbal water into the sink.

Step 4

Add four or five drops of essential oil to the water. Use any scent you like. Germanium, lavender and rosemary oil work well.

Step 5

Sit or stand in front of the sink. Drape a bath towel over your head, shoulders and the sink to trap steam inside.

Step 6

Hold your face about 12 inches away from the sink. Close your eyes so the essential oil vapors don't irritate them.

Step 7

Steam your face for one or two minutes, then remove the towel and take a breath of fresh air. Replace the towel, and continue steaming for up to five minutes.

Step 8

Remove the towel when you're done steaming. Rinse your face with lukewarm water, then pat dry with a washcloth.


  • If you have a skin condition, such as rosacea or eczema, ask your doctor if it's safe to steam your face.


  • If you don't have time to set up a full steaming session, steep a few herbal tea bags in a mug of hot water. Cover your head with a towel, and hold your face over the water.