A facial steam bath is an often-requested treatment at spas. It loosens dirt and debris lodged in the pores, and it moistens the skin and evens out skin tone. You don't need to spend a lot of time and money at a spa for a facial steam bath. With some essential oils or herbs of your choice, you can treat yourself to a refreshing facial steam bath at home.
Boil 4 cups of water in a pot and then add either six drops of lavender or another essential oil, or 1 cup of fresh or dried herbs. Cover the pot and allow the herbs or oil to steep for five minutes.
Pour the water into a large ceramic or glass bowl that is set securely on a table. Sit at the table with a towel draped like a tent over the top of your head and the steam bath bowl. This tent traps the moisture on your skin.
Hold your face 8 inches from the bowl of hot water and keep it under the tent for six minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and then use an astringent. A simple astringent such as witch hazel is fine.
Gently splash cool water on your face and pat the skin dry with a soft towel.