In truth, this is simply a new name for a facial steam, but I quite like the idea of calling it face tea. It is not only easy to make, but in the dead, dark of (this Nordic) winter, there's no better time for a little skin pampering treat.
Let's make Face Tea!
Choosing HerbsYou can pretty much combine dried herbs and plants to your hearts content, but do keep in mind that you will be enjoying the steam of your blend at a close distance, so choose herbs that will not sting eyes or irritate the air passages. Also, choose herbs that have something to offer in the way of benefits from an aqueous infusion. Some herbs have more oil-soluble than water-soluble actives, while some offer both.
MethodGather your desired dried herbs.
For this gentle face steam, I combined chamomile, elderblossom, rose, orange blossom and calendula in equal parts.
Mix the herbs together thoroughly, then package.
Experiment several different blends as holiday gifts, and every one seemed to be a hit.
How to Use a Face Tea
- In a large bowl, pour boiling water over a tablespoon of tea.
- Wash face, then hold face over bowl for 5-10 minutes.
- Place a towel over head to keep in steam. The steam will open pores and refresh.
- Rinse face with lukewarm, then cool water.
- Finish with skin tonic and moisturiser.
Note: If you have a tendency to rosecea or extremely sensitive skin, face tea might not be for you. The hot steam might exacerbate the condition, so proceed with caution.