Yerba Maté Face Steam With Guayaki
Spring is starting to make serious strides as we start to see green in more abundance, and we are all reminded that warmer days are on the way after a very long winter. As the seasons change however, so do our bodies right along with it- especially the largest organ: our skin. After months of brutally dry winter air, our skin is more than ready for a change in pace, but change doesn’t often come without struggle. Typically these seasonal transitions can be the hardest on our skin. That is why it is crucial that we help assist our bodies in anyway we can during these times as we shed our old into the new.
That is why today I am here to share with you one of my all time favorite at home DIY’s for helping our skin with all of the major issues- inflammation, acne, dryness, ect. If you’re a fan of Saunas, this is right for you. At home face steams have become one of my staples to aid my skin through all of its toughest battles. I recently started adding Guayaki Yerba Maté to my weekly steams to help draw out environmental pollutants, provide antioxidant support, and help heal any UV damage. Combining maté into your steam with other beneficial herbs like chamomile, lavender, or rosemary will leave your skin feeling healthier than ever.
Some Benefits of At Home Face Steaming:
Steam pulls dirt + toxins out of your skin to provide an overall deep cleanse.
Helps prevent + heal acne.
Provides deep moisture to your skin by helping your other skin care products soak into your pores.
Helps with sinus problems. Perfect to clear up your pathways during allergy season or the common cold.
Provides a relaxation period for you to not only clear your skin, but your mind.
This is the basic formula for creating an herbal face steam, I will be sticking to no more than 3 herbs with the maté, but feel free to do your own research on herbs that will work for your skin type and adjust to your preference.
1 TBSP Loose Leaf Guayaki Yerba Maté or 1 Maté Bag
3 TSP Dried or Fresh Herbs of Choice (1 TSP per herb)
2 Cups Steaming Warm Water
For mine I used Rosemary, Chamomile, and Juniper
Make sure before beginning that you have washed your face. Start heating up your water.
Combine all plant matter that you’ve chosen into a medium sized heat-safe bowl.
Fill bowl halfway with warm water, make sure that the water is warm enough to produce steam, but is not boiling hot. If you boiled your water make sure to give it time to cool down properly. Allow plants to steep for a few minutes before beginning.
Using a small towel that can draped over your head and the bowl, carefully find a comfortable seat and platform to set your bowl. Put on some music to help you keep the time (or set a timer if you’re more into quiet time).
Now that your ready to begin your steam, cautiously place the towel over your head and the bowl to create a tent like sauna atmosphere. Keep your face a safe distance away from the direct steam (about 12 inches), and if you find it is too hot pause and let the water cool a bit before staying under. Steam burns can do serious damage and you must use the utmost caution. Do not exceed 20 minutes.
Once the steam is at a comfortable temperature, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing and the properties of the Maté and other plants you have chosen.
You may come in and out of the steam as necessary for personal preference- never push yourself if you are uncomfortable.
When your time is up or the steam is no longer present, pat your face dry and follow up with a hydrating agent of choice.
It is recommended to never do an at home face steam more than once a week.
Steam burns can be very serious. Please handle this DIY with extreme caution and keep steaming water away from children or pets to prevent injury.
This DIY face steam is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any disease. Please check with your physician before using it to make sure it is safe for you to use.
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*Creativity is always encouraged*
Guayaki’s loose leaf yerba maté can be found in most health food stores. Use their store locator here to find products near you. http://bit.ly/GuayakiStoreLocator