Spring is in the air, and so is the desire to have fresh, clean skin. Botanical facial steamers are perfect for enhancing the complexion until it is as bright as the beautiful flowers that bloom. This recipe uses botanicals and essential oils in conjunction with steam so your skin can reap the benefits.
Using a botanical facial steamer is great for a spa quality treatment. Steam releases the benefits of essential oils and botanical elements as it opens pores to allow the impurities to release. Your customers can easily use these within the comfort of their own home. All you need is a bowl, hot water and a towel.
How To Use Botanical Facial Steamers
- Take a large bowl and place it at a table that you can comfortably sit at.
- Heat up enough water to fill the bowl. The water should be hot, but not boiling.
- Quickly and carefully pour the hot water into the bowl, stopping one inch from the rim. Drop the face steamer into the water.
- Drape a towel over your head and shoulders to make a tent like structure and carefully lower your face to at least 6 inches over the steaming bowl. If the steam is too hot, raise your face so it is further away from the bowl. Be careful not to scald your skin and keep your eyes closed.
- Steam for 5 minutes or less if the steam is too much for you. But definitely let your skin soak up all of that botanical goodness.
- Finally, pat your skin dry and apply a light moisturizer.
Recipe For Botanical Facial Steamers
You will need four key ingredients: Sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, corn starch and essential oil. You can add extra botanical elements such as lavender buds, rose petals, dried eucalyptus leaves, or marigold petals. Use small amounts of mint to avoid burning the eyes.
These are made the same way bath bombs are made, Just mini versions.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
- Mix your essential oil of choice thoroughly into the dry mixture.
- Spray the whole mixture with alcohol and incorporate with gloved hands until it is the consistency of damp sand. It should keep its shape when squeezed.
- Press the damp mixture into small molds. Depending on the mold type, you may be able to remove the steamer from its mold immediately, or you may have to wait 24 hours.
- When you remove them from the mold, let them set out in a dry environment so all the alcohol will dissipate.
If you plan on adding dried flower petals, leaves, or any other dried botanical elements, add them to the mold before adding the wet mixture and pressing it in. See some ideas for botanical add-ins below:
- Rose Petals
- Eucalyptus Leaves
- Lavender Buds
- Hibiscus Flowers