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Facial steam

A simple and cheap, useful and effective facial treatment. Here are a few tips and the ideal ingredients for oily, combination, and dry skin.

Vapour dilates the pores of the skin encouraging the elimination of blackheads and allowing a deeper and more delicate facial cleansing, mostly for those who live in the city or in polluted areas. It also let creams and lotions penetrate deeper in the skin, thus boosting its beneficial effects. And, again, it improves blood flow, oxygenating the skin.

 

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To benefit from all its properties it is sufficient to expose your face to warm steam of boiling water with a fistful of dehydrated herbs. It’s the perfect treatment to have before applying a beauty mask. But it is beneficial even when used alone and can even replace the mask for those who have little time. And the water left, once filtered and cooled down, can be used as a tonic: you just need to keep it in the fridge and use it within two or three days.

 

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How to do it

It is sufficient to put half a litre of water in a pot and bring it to a boil, then pour two spoonful of herbs among those more suitable for your type of skin; after two minutes remove from heat. Then, being careful not to get burned, cover your head with a towel and expose during five minutes to the steam.

 

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Which plants to choose

It depends on the type of your skin but, in any case, you should use plants that contain essential oils and volatile ingredients that can evapourate easily. If you have oily or combination skin you should use balancing and astringent herbs that help disinfect and get rid of blackheads, such as lavender and rosemary. Lenitive and delicate plants, on the other hand, are suitable for those who have dry or sensitive skin. These include chamomile (two bags if you use it in this form) and calendula.

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