How to Steam Your Face With Essential Oils

Refresh your face with an herbal steam treatment.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.