It's long been known that tea has many health benefits, like strengthening your immune system and ridding your body of toxins. In that same vein, tea helps give you beautiful, glowing skin too, so we weren't overly surprised when we heard that "teas for your face" were the new beauty trend. What we were surprised by, however, was that these aren't teas that you drink—instead, they're more of an herbal steam facial. Say what?
Annie Tevelin, founder of skincare brand Skin Owl, says that her herbal system does wonders for your complexion: "Through my research, I found that when you heat the skin and steam it, it acts as an enzymatic exfoliator," she says. Her Beauty Steam, a mixture of chamomile, rose, lavender, calendula, fennel, nettle, and comfrey, is to be used twice a week after cleansing. She suggests placing a facial oil on the skin first so that the ingredients can penetrate better. As a result, the herbal steam helps hydrate the skin, leaving a fresh, dewy glow.
Thinking of giving this herbal treatment a shot? For those with sensitive skin, it could be a great alternative to creams and serums that otherwise irritate the skin, since it's more of an infusion process than a direct application. However, Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, warns that while it does have hydrating and skin-softening effects, it could trigger "facial flushing," so if you're prone to redness (rosacea, acne, etc.), you may want to consult with a dermatologist beforehand.
We're also intrigued by Fig + Yarrow's Organic & Wildcrafted Herbal Facial Steam ($27), which comes with four different steams, for each season. Pretty cool, right?
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