Steam has been the oldest method that helps to open pores, soften skin, stimulates circulation and encourages better product absorption. Many estheticians use the steaming method on their clients during facials. However, you don't have to visit the salon every time to get a facial steam. You can easily make it at home. To make steaming beneficial, instead of plain water, add various herbs like chamomile, rose, lavender, calendula, fennel to treat your skin.
Every skin type has different needs. Take a look on which herbs suit your skin the best. Also, if you don't have herbs, you can use essential oils in replacement.
Tea Tree and Parsley for oily/ acne prone skin
According to Sangita Vij, Head Beauty & Makeup VLCC wellness services, while tea tree essential oil gives an anti-bacterial effect on oily and acne prone skin, parsley acts as a natural astringent and heals acne.
You can easily DIY at home. All you need to do is add a few drops of tea tree and a few fresh parsley in a boiling water. Drape a towel around your head and steam your face for 10-15 minutes. Then follow with a mask, serum or moisturiser while your skin is still damp.
Sandalwood & Chamomile for Dry/mature skin
To replenish dry skin, Sangita Vijbelieves chamomile works best as it has hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. It instantly makes skin look healthy and glowing. If you have mature skin, you can also add sandalwood with chamomile essential oils or dried flowers to treat your skin.
Put the ingredients in the boiling water and steam as usual. Do not forget to moisturise your skin post steaming your face.
Fennel for mature/ageing skin
Fennel has anti-ageing antioxidants which are again great for mature and ageing skin. It not only unclogs pores but also makes skin glowing.
Lavender for normal/combination skin
Lavender has antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use a few drop of lavender essential oil to fight free radicals. This is great if you skin is irritated or need some pampering.