Herbal steams have been used throughout history to purify the skin and renew the spirit. Ancient Greeks and Romans built expansive bath houses dedicated to the practice of self-care, in which facial steaming and steam baths were a popular practice.
Aromatic herbs were either picked fresh or dried and added to steaming water. Adding the plants to the hot water releases their nutrient-rich aromatic oils, which are then absorbed by the skin.
Aside from nourishing and toning the skin, here are my top three reasons why I include herbal steaming in my signature facial treatments.
1. They are cleansing. Warm steam induces perspiration which allows impurities, bacteria and dirt to be purged from the pores. Herbal steaming also softens the upper layers of the epidermis freeing blackhead and whitehead plugs so they can be gently released from the skin.
2. They are hydrating. Steam is great for increasing the permeability, elasticity and suppleness of the skin. The moist heat revives tired skin and plumps skin from the inside out by restoring essential water levels.
3. They will give you a glow. Good circulation is key to a healthy complexion. Increasing your perspiration helps your skin's blood vessels to dilate, improving blood flow. The blood feeds and oxygenates the skin. The boost in circulation and blast of hydration to the surface of your skin will leave you with a beautiful, healthy glow.
Haven't experienced facial steaming before? Would you like to give it a try? Schedule your first treatment with me today and see the difference gentle, herbal steaming makes in your skin's health.