Pamper your complexion, lift your spirits, and enjoy the beauty and wellness benefits of green tea with a soothing, reparative green tea steam.
Those of us who love facials know how wonderful a facial steam can be for the complexion - softer, firmer skin; smaller, cleansed pores; and more relaxed, stress-free facial muscles.
Steaming with green tea offers additional benefits for skin wellness, thanks to the effective anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties found in this amazingly healthful tea. (You can learn more here about green tea benefits for skin.)
After a green tea steam, your skin will glow, and it will look and feel smoother and softer. If you're ready to treat your complexion to a spa-like tea steam, try this simple recipe for a soothing and beneficial green tea facial steam.
Place the bowl on a stable table or countertop, where you'll be able to sit comfortably and relax during your facial steam. Pour in the hot water, and then add the loose green tea or teabags. Cover the bowl and leave the tea to steep and cool for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare your skin for the tea steam by removing any makeup with a gentle cleanser. And, if you have longer hair, you may want to pin it back from your face.
When the tea is steamy and still quite warm (but not so hot that it may burn your delicate facial skin), set the timer for 5 to 10 minutes. Drape the towel over your head and form a tent around the bowl to trap in the steam. If you find the steam feels uncomfortably hot on your skin, let the tea cool for a few more minutes first.
If you're using a facial steamer, you won't need to use a towel to trap in the steam. You can simply strain the tea, pour the recommended amount into the facial steamer, and then enjoy your beauty steam according to the instructions provided with the steamer.
Close your eyes (and keep them closed) and relax over the steam, keeping your face a few inches away from the tea. If you need a breath of cool air during the steam, simply lift the towel, take a couple of deep breaths and let your skin breathe for a moment or two, and then lower the towel again. You may find, as well, that you need to lift your head occasionally to blow your nose, as the steam releases any nasal congestion.
You can continue steaming until the timer goes off or, if you begin to feel too hot or uncomfortable, either remove the towel and continue with your facial steam, or end your green tea steam early. If your skin is delicate or sensitive, you may find that a shorter steam is better for you.
Rinse your face with cool, fresh water, and gently pat your face dry. Apply your favorite toner to ensure any residual dirt or debris is removed from your pores, and then gently apply a soothing, nurturing moisturizer.
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Why not include a spa-like green tea steam in your at-home skincare regime once or twice a month? You'll enjoy all of the benefits of a facial steam, without having to leave home (and so much better for your pocketbook than a trip to the spa, too).
And, choosing all-natural products (such as green tea) when caring for your skin can help to minimize the risk of reactions and side effects, and protect you against harmful ingredients found in many skincare and body-care products today.
Although we tend to think of teas and herbal tisanes first as delicious, refreshing, healthful beverages, their benefits don't end there - teas can provide amazing topical benefits, too. You'll find more topical-tea inspiration on our Tea Skincare Pinterest board, and visit our Topical Tea Recipes section for more ideas for tea baths, foot soaks, steams, compresses, and more.