I love winter as much as the next person. Snow days, cute scarfs, hot cocoa, all great. But one aspect that tends to be a bit more unfavorable is the dry winter air. The lack of moisture just wreaks havoc on my skin, but one regiment that I found helps is a botanical facial steam! Its super easy to make your own and much much more affordable than buying them in the store. Here’s how!
– Rose petals/buds
– Marigold (calendula)
– Container for storage
You could buy all of the dried flowers separately, but I also found them bundled together as a kit on Amazon. There’s about two cups of each kind inside so you can make a container for yourself and for all your friends! If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, please skip this project and have wine instead.
Time: 5 minutes
Okay so here’s what you do. After combining equal parts together, place a spoonful or two of the botanical mixture in a large bowl. You want the water to be hot enough to produce steam so bring about 3-4 cups of water to boil– it doesn’t have to be an exact science. Pour the water over the mixture (you’re basically making a face tea).
I know it may sound goofy, but I promise it works. Grab a towel and drape it over your head to create a tent over the bowl. This will keep the steam concentrated on your skin. Keep a distance from the water to not burn yourself, but be close enough where you’re able to feel some steam on your face. I usually do this for about 12 minutes, taking a breath outside every now and then. If it gets too hot, please take a break. Your face will sweat and be gross because you’re unclogging your pores, but after you rinse off, it’ll feel so nice!
When you’re done, drain the flowers from the water and either compost them or toss in the trash. If you’re hooked like I am, just remember not to do this more than once a week. I really only do it once or twice a month depending on how my skin is feeling.
So that’s it! I hope it helps some of you with winter skin. And if you have any other go-to methods, please do share!