Astringents and toners provide a good foundation for healthy, clean skin. The point is to penetrate the pores, remove excess dirt and oil and then tighten the pores. As is the case with most beauty care products and cosmetics, commercial astringents are loaded with synthetic chemicals.
Many natural plants and herbs possess amazing astringent properties. This is an organic herbal facial tea made with herbs and botanicals known to help tighten pores and tone the skin.
- Helps balance facial oil
- Helps to reduce pimples and black heads by deeply cleansing the pores
- Can be used as a facial steam or as an astringent tea toner
- Adding a bit of apple cider vinegar can enhance the toning process and help clear up blemishes
- 1 bag contains about 3/4 cup of tea, enough for at least 3 facial steams
- Reusable cotton muslin bag included!
If organic raspberry leaves are unavailable we often substitute organic strawberry leaves
How to Use
Directions for Facial Steam:
- Place ¼ cup of herbs into muslin bag
- Place bag in a pot or heatproof bowl about 3-quart size
- Pour 2 quarts of boiling water over herbs
- Cover and steep 10 minutes
- Wait a few minutes to allow the water to cool slightly--be sure steam is not too hot
- Place bowl on a heatproof surface where you can comfortably sit
- Holding your head 12 inches from bowl, drape a large towel over head and bowl to capture steaming herbal water
- Allow the steam to bathe your skin a minute or two and then raise your head a bit and take a few breaths of fresh air
- Repeat the process for a maximum of 5 to 10 minutes
- If at any time it gets too hot under the towel--lift a corner to let in a little cool air
- As the herbs steep, the rising steam will open your pores and carry the aromatic herbal oils your skin
- Splash face with cool water, to close your pores, and pat dry
For TONER recipes please visit our How To Use Herbal Facial Teas page
Although many people benefit from facial steams, they are not appropriate for everyone.
Steam facials should not be used for those with cystic acne or rosacea and heat and sweating can often irritate eczema. For folks who have extremely sensitive, damaged skin or who are prone to developing tiny broken veins or capillaries, herbal steams can be irritating and should be avoided unless suggested by a health-care provider.
People with health conditions such as asthma or heart trouble should consult their physician before doing facial steams. If you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, you should always do a skin patch test before using any new herbal product.
Just like you should not sit too long in a steam room, you do not want to facial steam too long or too often. Listen to YOUR skin! A word of caution-- If you feel light-headed or woozy during steaming, stop at once.
I heard about facial steams and found them on your great website (lots of info). I’m not sure why I bought this maybe just to try something new. I didn’t expect much and was a bit overwhelmed with the whole boiling water and making a tea idea. I followed the directions to a tee (HaHa) and sat with a towel over my head and feeling very silly for about 7 minutes. I really don’t know about the opening pores thing, I couldn’t see anything that looked different but my skin felt very soft and the next day I noticed that my 30 something skin looked fresher and smoother. I am not really sure how to describe it but I just loved the way my skin looked and felt enough that now I’m doing facial steams one a week and my face is loving them. These things are a great little secret you should spread the word more. Thanks, Melanie, Colorado