Treat your skin to a fragrant rooibos facial steam, and your complexion will thank you! A rooibos tea steam is not only a relaxing way to pamper yourself after a stressful day, but it can also be incredibly good for skin wellness and beauty.
Many of the benefits of rooibos tea can be enjoyed not only when sipping hot or iced rooibos tea, but when using this tea topically, too (in a facial steam or tea bath, for example). Steaming with this healthful herbal tea will leave skin looking and feeling firmer, brighter, and more youthful. A natural exfoliant, rooibos tea can also help to smooth and soften the complexion.
Rooibos' anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties may also alleviate the discomfort of inflamed or irritated skin (such as blemishes, eczema, rashes, or mild sunburn).
This facial steam can also help to reduce and cleanse pores, soothe rosacea or sensitive skin, and manage excess oil. A tea steam is also an effective way to relax stressed or tense facial muscles.
If you're ready to treat your complexion to all of these wonderful benefits of a spa-like rooibos facial steam, try this simple, soothing recipe.
Place the bowl or pot on a table or countertop (somewhere where you can relax comfortably while you steam). Pour the hot water into the bowl, and then add the loose rooibos or teabags. Cover the tea, and let it steep and cool slightly, for about 10 - 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, to prepare skin for the facial steam, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, removing any makeup. And, if you have longer hair, you may want to pin or clip it back from your face.
When the rooibos tea is steaming slightly and still quite warm (but not hot enough to burn your delicate complexion), set the timer for 10 minutes. Drape the towel over your head and tuck it around the bowl, as well, forming a tent to enclose the steam. If the steam is uncomfortably hot, let the tea cool a bit more, and then try again.
Close your eyes (and keep them closed) and let yourself relax. Keep your face about 8 to 10 inches away from the tea, and enjoy the facial steam's benefits for about 10 minutes. Lift the towel whenever you need to take a breath of fresh, cool air. And, if you begin to feel uncomfortable or overheated at any time, simply remove the towel and carry on with the steam, or end the rooibos facial steam early. If you have delicate or sensitive skin, you may find that a shorter steam is better for you.
Sometimes a tea steam can release nasal congestion, so you may want to keep a box of tissues nearby.
Once you've finished the facial steam, rinse your face gently with cool, clean water and pat it dry with a soft towel, and then apply a favorite floral water or toner, followed by a nurturing moisturizer.
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We can enjoy so many of the wellness benefits of teas and herbal tisanes when we drink these amazing beverages... but don't forget that teas can be incredibly good for us in other ways, too!
A spa-like rooibos tea steam, for example, can refresh and enhance the complexion and ease the discomfort of irritated or inflamed skin. Another simple, enjoyable way to nurture our bodies with tea.
If you love using tea topically for its many cosmetic and wellness benefits, be sure to visit our Tea Skincare, Baths, Steams, and More board on Pinterest.
And, drop by our Topical Tea Recipes page for all sorts of lovely tea recipes for baths, foots soaks, and more. Are you a rooibos tea lover? Please share your rooibos tea comments with other visitors to our site.
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