March 9, 2015

brighten your complexion with a herbal facial steam

herbal facial steam

I’ll be the first to admit that my skincare regime covers off oil cleansing, exfoliation, clarifying/moisturizing masks and powerhouse oil serums and balms, but sadly lacks in one important step that is nature’s simplest offering to deep clean the skin.

Facial steams.

An herbal facial steam can eliminate toxins, increase blood circulation, hydrate the skin and in the process brighten your complexion. Pus it allows you 10 minutes of pure zen for the mind.

I was reminded of the power of an herbal facial steam by Julie Clark of Province Apothecary last week when her website listed the different herbs to use for various skin conditions and I vowed to dedicate time on Sunday to this skincare practice.

Since I have dry skin I opted to mix chamomile, lavender and fennel and after 5 minutes of steaming my skin was glowing and more importantly felt hydrated.

If you know how to utilize the powerful plants, flowers, roots and seeds around you then your skin will truly thrive.

herbal facial steam_close up

For optimal results steam your face once a week after cleansing, but the skin guru (Julie) recommends that if you have extremely sensitive skin, severe inflammation, infection, sunburned, windburned, rosacea or extreme acne skin that it’s best to avoid it altogether.

Don’t have dry skin like me?

Here are the herbs Julie recommends for all skin conditions:

  • Normal skin: Chamomile, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon balm or Calendula. Steam for 10-15
  • Irritated skin: Chamomile Steam for 5-10 minutes.
  • Dry skin: Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, fennel. Steam for 3-5 minutes.
  • Oily skin: Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint or Sage. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Combination skin: Chamomile, Calendula, Lemon or Rosemary. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Congested skin: Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon. 10-15 minutes.


  • Fantastic post! I do facial steams but mostly to relieve sinus congestions, I should try to do it more regularly too. I will try the version for oily skin 🙂 xx

    • Thanks so much Liz! Be sure to let me know how you like the blend for oily skin 🙂 xo

  • I’ll have to try a facial steam! Especially the ones for Combination and Congested. Lovely post!

    • Yes it was just lovely! Apart from how relaxing it was my skin truly did feel softer 🙂

      Let me know what you think if you try it out! xo

  • These are perfect recipes. Julie is fantastic, and I can’t wait to see where Life in Blush is going with all your rewild health and beauty topics and recipes.

    BTW I have a somewhat old book about “aging graciously” (sweet title, huh) and the author shares a lot of advice also in regards to herbs and essential oils. She was my first (holistic) beauty influence and thankfully she came before the glossies could strike! 😀

    • Aww thanks love! I have a few posts in my back pocket that is very much centered around rewidling and I’m just waiting for the right time to use them.

      I just tried looking up your book and couldn’t find it. Is there a link you could send me or tell me who the author is? I’m intrigued!

      I’m also going to start reading this book to continue my education and I have to say I’m super excited about it!