This is a double-duty treatment that’s perfect for these freezing days. It’s a steam facial that also helps clear your sinuses! If you’re feeling a little under the weather and your skin is looking dull or irritated, try this rosemary-mint steam treatment.
Using steam as a facial is a long-used technique. The steam opens up your pores, unclogs them and removes toxins. Don’t use more than once a week, however, as it can actually dry your skin out. This is a great step to take before applying a face mask, and we have a few fantastic ones on the site. Check out our Greek yogurt face mask, exfoliating blueberry mask, and face mask with pumpkin.
The combination of steam, rosemary and mint can also loosen mucus and help clear your nasal cavities, making it easier to breathe. It works with colds and general stuffiness, but don’t expect it to work if you have a sinus infection, however. Get to a doctor to clear those up!
Oh yeah, and did I mention that it smells sooo good?? You’ll be instantly transported to a spa. Throw a few slices of lemon in for an extra-invigorating facial.
What you’ll need:
4 sprigs rosemary
a small handful of mint leaves
3 cups of water
a medium pot
potholders, a trivet or an extra towel (something to place the hot pot on)
a large towel
Put the herbs and water in a medium pot on the stovetop and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
Meanwhile, wash your face with your normal cleanser (but don’t exfoliate). Gently dry your skin.
When the water comes to a rolling boil, remove from the heat and place the pot on the potholders on a table. Sit at the table and lean over the pot, placing your face a 6-10 inches above the pot (or farther away if it’s too hot). Place a towel over your head and create a tent above the pot, so the steam is directed at your face. (Need a visual? Check this out.)
Steam your face for about 10 minutes. Your pores will be very open at this point, so don’t apply makeup! Now is a great time to use a face mask to further pull out impurities, or you can apply toner to close pores (one with salicylic acid will benefit acne-prone skin). Be sure to moisturize your skin as well to prevent drying.
One year ago: Nutella & strawberry crepes, pin now for an impressive Valentine’s Day dessert. (Side note: strawberries have a second season here in Japan! Greenhouse strawberries make an appearance from late December through mid Feburary.) Also, there’s some pretty big football coming up and you should totally make this delicious caramelized onion goat cheese dip.