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A good facial steam has all kinds of great benefits; it opens your pores, stimulates your skin, and your face will feel fresh and glow with health. It also does wonders for the eyebrows and eyelashes. There are so many kinds of different herbs and oils that you can use in a steam, if you drink herbal tea, that’s already a good few options to flavour your steam with. Lemon and Ginger is my favourite combination.
I love lemon and ginger because it’s invigorating and fresh, you can buy lemon and ginger teabags from pretty much anywhere, although not all teabags were created equal. I add fresh lemon to bring out the fresh citrusy tang in the tea, it’s so refreshing and leaves your face feeling incredibly clean. I first started using ginger when I did steams to ease a sore throat or blocked nose, and I’ve used it ever since. The ginger really clears your system, and the warm spiciness stimulates your skin so that your cheeks glow. The best part is that there are no expensive products or equipment needed to do this steam, whenever you feel like it, you’ll probably be able to find these things in your cupboard and fridge.
You will need:
A large bowl
A wooden spoon
A tea-towel (optional)
Lemon and Ginger teabags
Fresh sliced lemon
Ground ginger or fresh grated ginger
1. Place three teabags in the bowl, fill midway with boiling water. Make sure the bowl is already placed in the area you’ll be performing the steam, you don’t want to be carrying around a bowl full of boiling water.
2. Add a few slices of lemon and a pinch of ground ginger or your fresh grated ginger, stir gently with the wooden spoon.
3. Lean over the steaming bowl of goodness so that you can feel the warmth of the steam, you may wish to drape a tea-towel over your head to catch as much of the steam as possible. Be careful, it goes without saying that this can get really hot, wait until the heat of the steam is comfortable enough for you.
4. It’s up to you how long you steam for, I usually stay until the steam subsides, usually 5-6 minutes.
5. Voila! Rinse off, splash with cold water, pat dry and then slather with moisturiser.