Happy to introduce this week's guest blogger, Esther Rosemarie.
Ever since I hit my adolescent years, I have been obsessed with at home skincare treatments. I have vivid memories of picking papaya from the neighbour's garden, for my anti-acne face treatment, and stealing my mother’s pumpkin for a glowing body mask.
Sure, part of my affinity for “skinfood” and beauty recipes with ingredients from our backyard, had to do with the fact that I wasn’t able to afford much other than a simple affordable cleanser from the neighborhood beauty store.
But even to this day, I still love incorporating natural organic homegrown ingredients into my self-care practices.
Facial steams are one of the most effective way to remove dirt & impurities that are clogging your pores.
Induced sweating from the heat and water vapor causes sweating which further flushes out pores. This allows for the benefits of the face mask, serum or moisturizer you use after steaming to truly sink into your clean pores.
The addition of herbs to a facial steam makes for a truly relaxing experience.
Herbal steams can improve circulation, hydrate and calm the skin, leaving you refreshed, with super dewy, glowing skin.
- Place about 3-4 cups of water to boil in a small pot.
- Remove any makeup, apply cleanser and gently wash face, while waiting for water to
reach boiling point.
- Place water into a bowl.
- Place desired herbs and essential oils (optional) into bowl.
- Keep face about 7 – 10 inches over bowl, for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Apply toner or a nourishing mask to your face.
- Apply serum or moisturizer with light upwards strokes from neck to forehead.
Note: You can place a towel over your head to intensify the steam, but I do not recommend this if you have sensitive or dry skin. If you feel your skin being burned, pull your face further away from the bowl and lessen the time spent to 5- 8 minutes.
Herbal additions such as leaves and petals from botanicals are widely used in the beauty industry. You can add fresh and or dried herbs, as well as infused oils, essential oils, and or, herbal extracts.
What an effective, simple and affordable way to incorporate and experience the benefits of herbs in your at home spa treatment!
Some of my favorite herbal combinations are:
Aromatic: Peppermint, Rosemary and Sage
Calming: Nettle, Lavender and Chamomile
Dry Skin: Rose and Hibiscus Petals
Acne Prone Skin: Lemon Peel and Tea Tree Oil
Make this a regular addition to your beauty routine allows your mind to unwind while at the
same time facilitating greater absorption of your skin products. Try this once per month and
you will enjoy clarity of mind, renewed energy and healthy, clear glowing skin!
My name is Esther Rosemarie, a Beauty Blogger from Trinidad and Tobago. I love everything organic, herbal and DIY.