Facing Fall: 10 min Spa
We have fallen into autumn, which means our skin might need an extra dose of TLC to recover from the summer’s scorching rays. Let’s be honest though, most of us millennials don’t have a lot of time to work with. Still, the health of our skin shouldn’t have to be comprised. So what do we do? We MAKE time!
In this method, we use steam as a deep-cleaning tactic to cleanse and clear out our pores. Steaming also promotes better blood-flow and overall smoother, brighter skin. If you want to take this spa treatment up a notch, add a few essential oils. The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil will help keep your bacteria at bay, while oils like peppermint and eucalyptus oil will aid in soothing your skin. You can even add vanilla or lavender essential oils for scent and calm.
Try it out and you’ll thank me later. Let’s start!
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:
1 pot and/or glass bowl
1 facial cleanser
1 towel or paper towel
3 essential oils (tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus) and/or a scented essential oil of your choice
1 toner of your choice
Step 1Bring a pot of water to a boil by covering the pot with a lid.
Step 2While the water is warming up to boil, take the time to wash your face with you’ your preferred facial cleanser.
Step 3By now your water should be boiling and good to go. Turn off the stove and let your water cool down for about two minutes (with the lid still on; we don’t want the opportunity for any steam to be released from the pot).
Step 4Once the water is cool, you can either choose to keep the water in the pot or transfer it into a big bowl. If you choose to transfer the water into a bowl, make sure it is a glass bowl, as a plastic bowl will melt from the heat. Personally, I recommend keeping the water in the pot—it’s safer and more convenient.
Step 5Remove the lid from the pot and proceed in adding 3 drops of each essential oil to the pot—tea tree oil, peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil.
Step 6 Place your face over the pot (not too close) so your face can absorb the steam. Please be careful not to burn yourself. Use your better judgment about how much heat you can handle. Do this for about 5-7 minutes, total.
Step 7 After steaming your face, use your toner to help close your pores. This ensures that dirt will not enter your pores and clog them back up.
Step 8 Add your moisturizer of choice.
That’s it—your 10-min spa treatment on a budget. If you really have time and want to take this spa treatment to the ultimate level, add a mask to your face before steaming!