benefits of essential oils and steaming facials

5 Benefits of steaming face with essential oils

Interested in using essential oils as part of your skincare routine? Check out the benefits of steaming face and neck areas plus 10 amazing recipes you can try at home.

What are the benefits of steaming face?

  • Removes trapped makeup. If you regularly wear makeup, you really need to be steaming your face at least once a week. This is because a build-up of makeup can occur in your pores which cleansing sometimes won’t completely remove. Steaming with open you pores and help flush out the build-up.
  • Releases blackheads. We all get the odd blackhead but some are more difficult to remove than others. They can be painful if they aren’t quite ready to pop. By steaming, this will lossen the pore allowing for easier extraction.
  • Keeps pores open. Through steaming regularly, your pores will remain open and allow for the flow of natural oils. This will prevent blockages and grime to build up.
  • Removes dead skin. When we steam our skin it encourages the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin to shed. This will give you a healthy complexion and younger-looking skin.
  • Improves blood flow. Steam helps to open up the capillaries and allows increased blood flow to your skin. This helps the skin to regenerate and improves the surface structure giving a smoother, more supple appearance.
Essential oils for facial steaming

Why use essential oils when steaming your face?

Essential oils are a great addition to the process of facial steaming. Why you may ask? Well, with the skins pores being open and the skin being warm, the essential oils are absorbed more rapidly.

Also, it makes the oils themselves more volatile, allowing them to evaporate faster causing them to become more aromatic. This does, however, mean that some essential oils are too potent to be directly inhaled in such a small space.

Steam facials are not recommended for anyone with a history of asthma or respiratory complaints.

When should I use a steam facial?

The best time to carry out a steam facial is in the evening, just before bed. You can use a steam facial in place of a dry mask and should ideally be used once a week.

How to steam your face with essential oils

How to steam your face with essential oils

  • Wearing an off the shoulder top, cleanse your skin. Boil some water and pour 1 litre/ 2 pints into a large bowl.
  • Place the bowl on a table that is the right height for you to lean over.
  • Have a large towel ready to place over your head to trap the steam.
  • Add the essential oils to the water.
  • Stay under the towel until the steam cools, then add more boiling water to evaporate off the remaining essential oil.
  • Pat dry your skin and immediately apply your moisturiser to trap the extra steamy water in your skin.

10 recipes to use when steaming your face

Deep Cleansing Facial

Dry Skin

2 drops lavender + 3 drops violet

Normal / Combination

2 drops mimosa + 3 drops geranium

Oily / Blemished

3 drops juniper + 2 drops bergamot

Mature

3 drops frankincense + 2 drops galbanum

Deep Moisturising

Dry Skin

3 drops chamomile + 3 drops jasmine

Normal / Combination

2 drops rose + 3 drops sandalwood

Oily / Blemished

2 drops chamomile + 3 drops geranium

Mature

2 drops neroli + 3 drops rose

Relaxing Facial

2 drops ylang-ylang + 3 drops jasmine

Invigorating Facial

2 drops peppermint + 3 drops lavender

So as you can see there are lots of benefits of steaming face, especially when you add essential oils to the treatment.

What’s your favourite combination?

10 essential oil facial recipes
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