I thought it would be fun to share something that I’ve been doing since 2016 I think. Okay, a confessions first. I used to be a little, read heavily, addicted to doing this. So addicted that in the summer of 2016 I did it almost everyday, which I am disclaiming right now is not recommended at all. So don’t do that however there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a lovely facial steam once in a while or like me once a week. I’m sharing my favorite recipe which is really dead simple and you probably have the ingredients in your house.
Before I get to share the recipe I first have to reveal some googling that I did, which is not about the recipe but about not calling my facial steam aromatherapy. According to various sites on google the difference between a ‘’simple’’ facial steam and aromatherapy is the fact that the latter contains ingredients such as essential oils. I have been calling it a facial steam forever so I’m probably not going to change it but I did want to clear up that confusion. Let’s get started.
What you need:
- Water heater
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- Green Tea Lipton
- Cutting board
Here’s what you do. Fill the boiler with water and let it do it’s thing. While that is busy take your lemon and cut a thin slice from one of the sides to make sure that you can see the fruit, if there is fruit in the part you cut off, squeeze it in the bowl. Slice two slices from the lemon and put them in the bowl as well. Do the exact same thing with the lime. Once the juices and the slices lime and lemon are in the bowl take a tablespoon of honey and put it in the bowl as well.
By now the water must have boiled and it is time to set up your space. I always do this at the kitchen table. I put down a placemat as I have a glass table, which needs a little protection, I put the bowl on the placemat, put the green tea bag in and start pouring the hot water in. Also, while I pour I stir with the spoon I used for the honey to make sure it doesn’t stay stuck to the bottom of the bowl. All there’s left to do is to set your timer, I set mine for 13 minutes and put a towel over my head and relax for 13 minutes straight, while enjoying my facial steam.
I have something weird with the number 13 therefore I set the timer to 13 minutes.
Important PSA, whatever you do, do NOT and I repeat do NOT open your eyes while under the towel. Close your eyes put the towel over your head, enjoy, and when you’re done pat yourself dry then open your eyes. Also you can change the type of tea you use I just like green tea as it has antioxidants. I would stay away from tea using spices though, but that is personal. The last time I did this I used lemon-ginger which left my skin feeling super dewey and moisturized so that tea has been added to the rotation.
I can’t help but admit that I thoroughly enjoy doing this and the fact that it is so simple. Sometimes I also but on spa music to enhance the experience. Those 13 minutes really consist of pure peace and relaxation. I use this time to also work on my breathing and do some meditation.
All in all, I can say I enjoy this facial steam or aromatherapy, depending on what you prefer to call it.