A How To Guide: Facial Steaming

A How To Guide: Facial Steaming

Homemade Steam Facial with Herbs

As Big Sean raps in Kanye West’s song Clique, “I’ve been up straight for nine days/I need a spa day.” And while we don’t know anyone who has actually been up straight for nine days, we are sure that many of you are, in fact, in need of a spa day.

Unfortunately, for many of us, the luxury of taking a spa day isn’t financially feasible or doesn’t fit into our schedules. That doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge and give your skin some much needed TLC with an at home steam facial. 

5 Benefits of an at Home Steam Facial for your Skin

Increased Circulation

The steam helps dilate blood vessels which allows more blood to flow to the skin which delivers nutrients and oxygen to the surface of your skin. This is what causes your otherwise dry, tired looking skin to suddenly seem rosy and youthful!

Editors Tip: Try an Organic Coffee Scrub to Improve Blood Circulation

Hydration Boost

This is an obvious one but still worth noting; all that moisture from the steam has nowhere to go but your face while you’re doing a steam facial. Your skin is soaking up all that H2O which will plump up your epidermis (and take a couple years off in the process!). 

Softens Skin for More Effective Treatments

The steam softens the outer most layers of your skin, making your skin open and more receptive to any additions you’ve put into your steam as well as any serums, moisturizers, face masks or treatments you may want to use once you’ve finished your facial. 

Removes Toxins from the Skin

Steaming your face for acne is a gentle, effective way to help keep your skin clean and clear. The steam helps open your pores, dislodging dirt and bacteria without any harsh chemicals or abrasives.

Encourages Relaxation

One of the major benefits of a spa day is the rejuvenated, relaxed feeling you get after spending time pampering yourself. An at home steam facial will give you the same blissed out vibes, especially if you add lavender, chamomile or any other soothing essential oils to your treatment.

How To Steam Your Face

At it’s most basic level, an at home steam facial is so easy and requires zero investment of time or money on your part.

Simply fill your bathroom sink with hot water, tie your hair back, lean over the water-filled sink and put a towel over your head to catch the steam. Keep your face a few inches above the water for a full minute before taking a break; repeat up to five times for maximum benefit.

Be sure to thoroughly wash your face before starting the steam treatment and follow up with a light moisturizer afterwards (a heavy cream will undone all that wonderful pore opening you just did!).

You can also upgrade your at home steam facial with a few simple ingredients added to the water. You can either add the ingredients straight into the water or tie the solid pieces together in a cheesecloth sachet for easy clean-up. You can also substitute the herbs for their corresponding essential oils if you feel you’d get more use out of the oils!

Note: It's important to mention, if you have extremely sensitive skin or have bad acne a facial steam may aggravate your skin.

DIY Stem Facial Recipes

If you're looking for an at home facial for a specific skin type we got you covered. We've included a recipe for dry skin, acne prone skin, oily skin, normal skin and sensitive skin. 

Depending on your skin type you're going to want to add different herbal ingredients for the best results. 

At Home Steam Facial for Dry Skin 

Mind Body Green


  • Dried rose petals, fennel seeds, lemon verbena, elderflower and calendula

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and add to the water. Add a few drops of lavender, chamomile, calendula or rosewood essential oil if you’d like to amp up the hydrating effects of this steam facial!

At Home Steam Facial for Acne Prone Skin 

Mother Earth Living 


  • Water
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh chopped mint
  • Lemon  

Directions: Put water, herbs and lemon into a large pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and steep for five minutes and then proceed with the facial!

At Home Steam Facial for Oily Skin

Angela’s Skincare


  • Rosemary, lemon balm, basil, lavender, green tea, thyme and sage
  • Tea tree oil

At Home Steam Facial for Normal Skin

Michelle Phan


  • Dried chamomile
  • Fresh lemongrass

At Home Steam Facial for Sensitive Skin

Beauty Madness

  • Fresh rose petals and fresh mint leaves

At Home Facial Steamer Device

And if you’re looking to totally trick out your at home spa experience, you may want to invest in an at home facial steamer. The Conair facial steamer runs around $30 and is outfitted with a facial mask and sinus cone so that you can use it for both beauty and health.

The system regulates the amount and temperature of the water so you don’t have to worry about accidentally burning yourself or overdoing it with the steam— it’s the best face steamer, especially for the price.

To round out the at home spa experience, add a DIY face mask for oily skin or for blackheads. Like we mentioned earlier, the steam will leave your skin primed for soaking up any vitamins, nutrients or herbs you follow up with!

Facial Steaming Schedule by Skin Type

This a super handy schedule put together by the duo behind All Things O'Natural, you can find them over at Natty Naturals

Dry skin: Every other week for 10 minutes

Oily or acne prone skin: Two times a week for 5-10 minutes each time

Normal skin: Every other week to once a week for 10 minutes.

Sensitive skin: If you have extra sensitive skin, be sure to consult a dermatologist before trying any of these at home facial steamers as they can cause more irritation.

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