How to Make a Facial Steam Bath

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.

A woman is receiving a steam bath and facial at a spa. (Image: Brian Pamphilon/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Gently splash cool water on your face and pat the skin dry with a soft towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot

  • Large ceramic or glass bowl

  • Lavender essential oil, or oil or herbs of your choice

  • Towel

  • Astringent


Essential oils can be purchased at health food stores and in many department stores. Herbs can be bought fresh or dried.

Lavender oil, according to the experts at the Organic Facts Directory, has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes relaxation.


If you have asthma, speak to your doctor before beginning any treatment that involves breathing in oils or herbs.

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