Saturday, December 20, 2008
Beauty Tip: Steaming
My favorite part of a professional facial is the steaming (I fall asleep every time). Steaming deep cleans the skin, brings impurities to the surface, and improves circulation. Time and money don't always allow for a spa appointment, so steaming can be incorporated into your home skin care routine. Before steaming, I like to mask. Lately I have been using Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask. (Thanks for the recommendation, Kelley!) While the mask is drying, take a medium-sized pot and boil some water. After the mask dries and you've wiped it off with a warm washcloth, it is time to steam! You can use plain water, or if you like, you can use lemon slices (rub the slices on your face, then squeeze the rest of the juice in the water and drop the lemon in) or essential oils. I have used both, but the essential oils aren't as messy. Be careful with the oils, as I used eucalyptus oil the last time and cleared up sinus issues I hadn't even gotten yet! Lavender oil is fine, too. (If you use too much oil, pour some of the water out and refill.) Cover your head with a towel and sit over the steaming pot for about ten minutes with your eyes closed. Then cleanse, tone, and moisturize for your skin type. Do this once or twice a week and I promise you will see results. Have fun!