You know when your vacation is over and you realize you need another vacation just to relax from the first one? My recent trip to Asheville was supposed to be full of hiking, reading and getting in touch with my inner Goddess but…nope. I crashed with my awesome friend Kara and it quickly became apparent that this would be more of a drinking, eating, shopping, non-sleeping kind of vacation. Suffice it to say that my body is still recovering.
Fortunately, I have learned over the years to build in time post-vacation to gently ease back into regular life, and yesterday I took full advantage of this by performing one of my favorite, simple self-care rituals: the steam facial.
This easy practice is relaxing and great for your skin. Facial steaming has several benefits:
- Increases circulation in the face
- Increases perspiration, which helps to release toxins from the skin
- Softens debris in pores and lifts it to the surface of the skin, where it can be more easily removed
- Feels really indulgent
- Can also help loosen up gunk in your sinuses and lungs
Do-It-Yourself Steam Facial INSTRUCTIONS
The hardest part about this is gathering the ingredients.
3 parts comfrey
2 parts rose petals
2 parts chamomile
2 parts calendula
1 part lavender
I have most of these things laying around the house or in my garden, but if you’re not a secret witch then you may need to buy them. I collected mine from various health and/or whole foods stores and co-ops. Mountain Rose Herbs is an amazing resource for all things natural. I like to keep a jar of steam facial herbs on hand for emergency self-care sessions.
Something to listen to
Comfortable place to sit with your face over a pot for 15 minutes
- Set water to boil in a medium pot, something large enough to put your face over comfortably.
- Mix steam facial ingredients. You can mix a small amount for one batch, or a larger amount for future use. Store in an air tight glass jar.
- Find a good playlist, mantra or podcast. I highly recommend Jordan, Jesse, Go!, a comedy podcast with which I am obsessed.
- Once the water has come to a boil, remove it from the heat, add herbs and cover for a few minutes so they can steep.
- Bring the pot over to your comfortable sitting place. Sit. Turn on music. Place your head over the pot and a towel over your face and let that sweet, hot steam dissolve all your problems for the next 15 minutes.
- It can get really hot under there, so you may need to come up for some cool air or lift the towel every now and then. That’s cool. Don’t burn your face!
- When you’re finished, splash your face with cold water or apply a face mask of your choice.
Feel great? I hope so! I know I do.
What is your favorite way to recharge when you need a vacation from your vacation?