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Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam

Part 1: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam 

Hygge (pronounced hue-ugh) is used by the Danish to describe a feeling, a feeling of coziness, of being present and enjoying the moment. It’s creating simple moments during these dark cold months to bring a cozy feeling and sense of sanctuary in our home. It’s not about buying more things, instead to take the time to do little things to bring comfort into our life and home. It’s as simple as lighting a candle and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or covering up with a cozy blanket and reading a good book or placing a flower or sprig of rosemary by your bedside or doing beauty rituals.

I like doing beauty rituals because they help to slow me down and relax, recharge and revitalize. Herbal facial steams are one of my favorite skin rituals to bring a sense of well-being by taking a moment to inhale the healing and revitalizing properties of flowers and herbs. I follow this up with a facial and hair mask and a bath. I apply the masks and then soak in the bathtub. In the bath water I add sea salt like Red Hawaiian Alaea sea salt and my homemade bath bomb filled with herbs and scented with essential oils.

Herbs have incredible beneficial properties for the skin. A facial steam is a great way for the skin to soak in the herbs. You can use tea bags and dried spices if you don’t have any herbs growing. Try green tea, hibiscus tea, lavender tea, dried thyme, dried, peppermint, dried oregano or dried parsley. I use whatever fresh herbs I have in my skin care garden plus some dried herbs. In this facial steam I’m using fresh parsley, rosemary, peppermint and thyme and dried roses, calendula and elder flower.

Basil Ocimum basilicum
Basil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and an excellent treatment for blemishes and acne.

Calendula Calendula officinalis
Calendula is known as the skin healing herb. It is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and highly nourishing for the skin. It promotes healing of minor cuts, soothes and softens the skin. It is soothing for irritated, chapped and dry skin, rashes, bruises, burns and sores. It is said to have life force enhancing properties. Calendula supports the skin and connective tissue. Use for most skin types, irritation, rashes, and eczema. Dried or Fresh

Elder Flower Sambucus canadensis
Elderflower cleanses, soothes and softens the skin. It is astringent and anti- inflammatory and helps to smooth wrinkles and soothe sunburns. Dried or Fresh Flower.

Parsley Petroselinum sativum
Parsley is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and contains vitamin C, vitamin K and chlorophyll. It is soothing for blemishes, psoriasis and eczema. Parsley also helps to tighten the skin and lighten dark circles under the eyes. Dried or Fresh

Peppermint Mentha piperita
Peppermint is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent. It is cooling, refreshing, revitalizing, stimulating and soothing. Peppermint detoxifies and clarifies the skin. It is good for hand and foot balms, butters and creams and in facial steams. Dried or Fresh

Rose petals Rosa
Rose creates a feeling of love, beauty, the feminine, warmth, romance, safety and peacefulness. Roses harmonize, soften and soothe the skin and are a mild skin astringent and anti-inflammatory. Use for all skin types. Dried or Fresh Flower

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary is antiseptic and purifies, cleanses, tones, stimulates and rejuvenates. Use for most skin types. Dried or Fresh Leaf

Thyme Thymus vulgaris
Thyme is a great antiseptic and purifies the skin. Use for blemished and dull skin. Dried or Fresh Leaf

HOW TO DO A FACIAL STEAM

  1. Heat up 6 cups of water (best to use purified or distilled water).
  2. Add a handful of fresh herbs or 3 tablespoons of dried herbs to a glass bowl and pour very hot water over herbs.
  3. Let herbs steep for 5 about minutes; cover the bowl with a plate to keep the steam and properties of the herbs in the water.
  4. Sit comfortably in front of the bowl and drape a bath towel over your head and the bowl creating a tent. Be careful with the hot water. Hold your face 8-10 inches above the water.
  5. Keep your eyes closed, relax and breathe in and out slowly. If it gets too hot under the towel, open the sides of the towel. Steam your face for about 10 minutes.

For a more therapeutic effect, make a stronger tea on the stove with the herbs and pour the tea into the glass bowl.

FACIAL STEAM HERBS FOR SKIN TYPE

Normal to dry skin
chamomile, horsetail, lavender, rose petals, sage

Oily skin
lavender, orange peel, rosemary, sage

Blemished skin
calendula, chamomile, elder flower, lavender, lemon balm, thyme, yarrow

 

HYGGE BEAUTY RITUALS SERIES

Read Part 2 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Foot Bath here

Read Part 3 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Balm

Read Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath (coming soon)

 

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Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Now that we figured our your skin type and learned about some plant oils, essential oils and herbs that are best for your skin type, lets put it all together for some easy DIY skin care recipes.

Natural Cleansers

Cleansing is very important for vibrant skin. A facial cleanser should gently lift dirt and make-up and should never be harsh.

A very simple and pure way to cleanse your face is to use a plant oil as oils absorb dirt and make-up. Some great oils to use for your cleanser are olive oil, sesame oil, and castor oil. These oils are thick and take longer for the skin to absorb. Add in a few drops of lemon essential oil for a refreshing cleanser.

Facial Steam

Facial steams are a great way to open your pores while releasing toxins from your skin. When you add in herbs to your facial steam, the nourishing properties of the herbs will be absorbed by the skin. Facial steams are great for congested, oily and normal skin. Facial steams may aggravate the skin for those with acne or sensitive skin and should only be used with care. You can try reducing the temperature of the water and only steam for a few minutes.

For an herbal facial steam you simply combine hot water with dried or fresh herbs in a large heat-resistant bowl. Use a combination of herbs that are personalized towards your skin type. Allow the herbs to steep in the water for about 5 minutes and then hover your face over the bowl with a towel draped over your head. Make sure to take care not to be too close and burn your skin from the steam! If it gets too hot, simply lift up the towel to allow air in. Steam for 10 minutes.

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are important to nourish and protect the skin. Plant oil serums are some of the best products for your face and some even have a natural sun protection (such as sesame, jojoba, avocado, etc.). You only need a few drops for your face. Even those with oily skin can use plant oil serums, as the oil communicates to the skin to stop producing too much skin.

DIY Plant Oil Serum

Choose your plant oil and essential oil from the list here or from a more extensive list in How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products eBook that is personalized to your skin type.

  • 1 ounce of plant oil
  • Add 1-3 drops of essential oils
  • gently roll or swish around the ingredients together to blend

Our eBook, How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products has more in-depth information on plant oils, essential oils, and herbs for your skin as well as specific recipes for facial products. This eBook goes into more detail on natural ingredients for skin care, steps for radiant skin, and recipes for cleansers, exfoliants, toners, and moisturizers.

Don’t forget, our 8-week course on Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making is starting up in March. This course will be mentored by Joan Morais. Sign up by February 12th to receive a free 30 minute one-on-one private phone consultation with Joan!

Relax

Relax - Joan Morais Naturals

If you are looking for an excuse to relax (even though you never need an excuse to relax) here it is, today is National Relaxation Day! What better way to celebrate then by relaxing?  Here are a few ideas for you to get to relaxing.

Take 15 minutes to do one or more of the following:

Do a facial steam – Use dry/fresh flowers and herbs you have on hand (herbal tea bags can work) such as rose petals, lavender, chamomile, rosemary. Learn how to do a facial steam here.

Take a foot bath– Try this coconut sea salt foot bath here. Free foot care eBook available to download here.

Make a tea – Try this delicious chai tea recipe here.

Take a bath – Add your favorite essential oils and epsom salt (also see: play relaxing music)

Snuggle with your pet – Your pet will appreciate the love just as much as you.

Play relaxing music – Pandora stations such as Ocean Waves, Solo Piano and Yoga are great.

Meditate – Sit still and clear your mind.

Sit outside in nature – Sit and just be, take in the scents and sounds of nature. Observe the beauty of what is.

Aromatherapy – Lit your favorite candles, burn incense, sage your home. Learn about the benefits of essential oils here.

Read – Take time to sit and read, whether it be a magazine that you love or a great novel.

 

Let us know how you choose to relax and how you felt doing so in the comments below!

Share with us on social media how you choose to relax!

 #NationalRelaxationDay

DIY Brightening Facial Steam

facial steam3

A facial steam brightens the skin and adds a radiant glow to the face. The steam helps the pores to open and breathe while releasing toxins. The steam also carries the nourishing properties of the herbs into the skin. Facial steams are excellent for congested, oily and normal skin. For acne, sensitive skin and broken capillaries use with care as it may aggravate the skin. You can try it when the water has cooled off and not so hot.

DIY FACIAL STEAM

1. Heat up 6 cups of water (best to use purified or distilled water).

2. Add a handful of fresh herbs or 3 tablespoons of dried herbs to a glass bowl and pour very hot water over the herbs.

3. Let herbs steep for about 5 minutes (cover the bowl with a plate to keep the steam and properties of herbs in the water.

4. Sit comfortably in front of bowl and drape a bath towel over your head and the bowl creating a tent. Be careful with the hot water. Hold your face 8-10 inches above the water.

5. Keep your eyes closed, relax and breathe in and out slowly. If it gets too hot under the tent, open the sides of the towel. Steam your face for about 10 minutes.

For a more therapeutic effect, make a strong tea with the herbs and water in a pot and pour the tea into the glass bowl and proceed with the facial steam.

 

facial steam and flowers

How To Do A Facial Steam

HOW TO DO A FACIAL STEAM

A facial steam brightens the skin and adds a radiant glow to the face. The steam helps the pores to open and breathe while releasing toxins. The steam also carries the nourishing properties of the herbs to the skin. Facial steams are excellent for congested, oily and normal skin. For acne, sensitive skin and broken capillaries use with care as it may aggravate the skin more. You can try it when the water has cooled off and not so hot.

1. Heat up 6 cups of water (best to use purified or distilled water).

2. Add a handful of herbs of fresh herbs or 3 tablespoons of dried herbs to a glass bowl and pour very hot water over herbs.

3. Let herbs steep for 5 about minutes (can cover the bowl with a plate to keep the steam and properties of herbs in the water.

4. Sit comfortably in front of bowl and drape a bath towel over your head and the bowl creating a tent. Be careful with the hot water. Hold your face 8-10 inches above the water.

5. Keep your eyes closed, relax and breathe in and out slowly. If it gets too hot under the tent, open the sides of the towel. Steam your face for about 10 minutes.

For a more therapeutic effect, make a stronger tea on the stove with the herbs and pour the tea into the glass bowl.