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Soothing Lavender Facial Steam

Soothing Lavender Facial Steam

Holidays can be exhausting. Why not shut out the world for a while and breathe deeply of this relaxing and hydrating herbal steam facial?

Steam opens the pores while deeply cleansing and rejuvenating all the skinís layers. Using lavender in your facial steam is a wonderful way to nourish your skin.

All you need to make your own natural facial is a pot of water, a method of heating the water, and a towel. The lavender is infused in the water so that its emollient, softening, lubricating, and moisturizing benefits will become part of the steam and reach deep into your pores. The scent is aroma-therapeutic, too–relaxing and anti-stress. Another benefit of lavender is that it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Here are the simple steps to make your own facial steam:

1. Place a handful of dried lavender in a pot of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes, adding water as needed.

2. Secure your hair back from your face.

3. Wash your face as usual.

4. Place the pot with the steaming water on a trivet or potholder on a table or countertop. Make a tent over your head with a towel, and hang your head over the steaming pot. Make sure not to lean close enough to the steam to scald yourself.

5. Keep your face in the steam tent for about 5 minutes.

6. Rinse your face with cool water.

7. Follow with an astringent (for example, witch hazel) to close the pores.

Read more: Beauty, Skin Care

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:02PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Useful face treat

7:14AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Sounds wonderful

9:20PM PDT on May 27, 2011

When you're done your facial, you can pour the lavender water into a spray bottle and use it as a room/pillow/clothing spray!

8:18PM PDT on May 16, 2011

thank you again annie :)

4:55AM PST on Feb 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:57PM PST on Jan 26, 2011

This sounds refreshing! I love facial saunas, never tried lavender with it. My home made facial sauna far out performs the one that was purchased from the store. Thank you for sharing about witch hazel, had no idea it closes the pores

4:49AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Thanks for the tip!

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