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As well as being incredibly soothing and relaxing, an at home facial steam has many skincare benefits, it is also completely free!

What is a facial steam?

Facial steaming is the process of using water vapour to hydrate and warm the skin, opening pores and deeply cleansing skin by loosening dirt and blackheads. It is not advisable to steam you face regularly, rather to enjoy as a monthly ritual.

Is facial steaming suitable for all skin types?

If you have very sensitive skin or are prone to rosacea, then facial steaming is not advisable as it can cause you skin to flush and feel irritated.

The benefits of steaming your face...

Deeply cleanse

The warm steam helps deeply cleanse your face by opening your skin’s pores, loosening up any build-up of dirt. As well as releasing any sebum trapped beneath your skin’s layers, steaming also aids the release of dead skin cells, bacteria, and other impurities that clog pores and contribute to acne.

Promote circulation and blood flow

By using the warm steam to dilate blood vessels and increase oxygen flow, your skin will be left with a natural, healthy glow. The increased blood flow experienced during a steam facial also promotes collagen, helping skin elasticity and texture.

Hydrate and enhance your skin’s absorption abilities

The steam encourages sebum production, naturally moisturising the skin. A facial steam also increases skin permeability, allowing for better absorption of skincare products.

By following your facial steam with 3-4 drops of Phoenix & Providence Nurture Face Oil, you can lock in the extra moisture produced during the treatment. You are also allowing the benefits of the organic cold pressed oils, infused with vitamin rich seaweed, to work at an even deeper level in your skin. Seaweed is packed with vitamins K, B, A, and E, that help improve skin tone, texture, and elasticity. High in Vitamin C, these natural antioxidants promote collagen production which help plump skin and smooth fine lines. 

Packed full of humectants seaweed is beneficial as it helps skin hydrate and retain moisture. You can head over to this journal article to find out more about the benefits of seaweed for different skin types.

How to create a DIY facial steam at home

  1. Make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sit at table level and that you have a clean towel to hand.
  2. Fill a large (mixing sized) bowl two thirds full with boiling water.
  3. If you would like, add your choice of fresh or dried herbs or flowers, see below for more details. Allow a couple of minutes for the natural plant oils to be released.
  4. Drape your towel over your head and the bowl, holding your face six inches above the water.
  5. Steam your face for 5 to 10 minutes, lifting the towel to cool off as needed.

What to do after you have steamed your face…

Gently dab your face with your towel and whilst still damp, apply 3-4 drops of Nurture Face Oil

Choosing herbs and flowers to enhance your facial steam

Adding herbs or flowers to the boiling water allows the plant oils to be released by steam distillation, meaning you can benefit from the aromatic and skin enhancing properties of the botanicals.

Rose- known for its wellbeing enhancing qualities, rose can increase feelings of vitality as well as taking the edge off stress- related conditions. Rose also supports skin cell regeneration which helps maintain skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Rosemary- also known as ‘dew of the sea’, rosemary helps improve focus as it stimulates the nervous system, as well as having a reviving effect if you are feeling tired. Rosemary is both antiviral and anti- inflammatory so a good choice if you are feeling a little under the weather or suffering from an acne breakout. 

Eucalyptus- the sharp aroma of eucalyptus helps increase concentration and lift feelings of depression. A facial steam with eucalyptus can help cleanse and tone oily or acne prone skin.

Lavender- popular for its calming qualities, lavender is a lovely choice for a facial steam in the evening as it helps promote a restful sleep. The healing effects of lavender can help ease acne, eczema, or psoriasis.

Geranium- calming and uplifting, geranium can help reduce restlessness and anxiety. The reviving effects of geranium can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and blemishes.

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