Beauty DIY: How to Give Yourself an Aromatherapy Steam Facial

If you’ve had a professional spa facial, you know that most of them start with steaming. That’s because applying warm steam to your skin opens up your pores, releasing bacteria and dirt from your skin. Moist heat also hydrates your skin, giving it a healthy glow. The other great thing about steaming is that it’s one part of a facial that you can easily replicate at home (leave the extractions to a professional, ladies!). All you need is some hot water, a towel, herbs or essential oils, and toner to follow the steaming. It is great for your skin, and the fragrant herbs will work to relax you through soothing aromatherapy, too.

How to give yourself an aromatherapy facial at home!

Here’s What You Will Need:

  • boiling water
  • clean towel
  • toner (or make your own using equal parts water and apple cider vinegar)
  • cotton balls

Optional Herbs or Essential Oils:

  • lavender – calming and helps with insomnia
  • parsley – acts as a natural astringent and heals acne
  • geranium – acts as a natural astringent
  • eucalyptus – relieves nasal decongestion and acne
  • fennel – contains anti-aging antioxidants
  • chamomile – soothes irritated skin
  • rosemary – balances oily skin

DIY aromatherapy facials.


  1. Start with clean skin. Boil water and then transfer it to a mixing bowl. Mix in your choice of herbs and/or oils. Set your mixing bowl on a table or other place where you can sit comfortably with your face over the steam. Put on some relaxing music if you like!
  2. Lean over the bowl of hot water, keeping your face about a foot from the water. Drape a towel over your head like a little tent to keep in the steam. If at any point the steam feels too hot, move your face a couple inches further back. The steam should feel soothing, not burning.
  3. Sit over the steam for 10-15 minutes, until the water cools.
  4. Gently pat your face dry with a clean towel. Follow up by applying toner with a cotton ball, to wipe away all the dirt that has been loosened from your pores.
  5. Apply your regular moisturizer to lock in moisture.

An at-home steam facial is an easy and inexpensive technique to add to your skincare routine. It’s a great way to relax or a fun girls’ night activity.

Are you going to give this beauty DIY a try?

Let me know what types of herbs you end up using!

XO Lauren

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