From my stories on Instagram and my blog posts as of lately, you guys may have noticed that I’ve been dabbling in homemade apothecary goods and hardcore skincare (if you haven’t noticed, check out my recipe for eucalyptus bath bombs). In the wake of recent health issues I have been fighting the past few months and an all-around stressful time of year, my face has broken out and my pores have felt dirty all the time. While investing in high-end moisturizers and creating an exfoliation routine have done my face a lot of good so far, sometimes my face just needs fifteen minutes to rejuvenate, hydrate, and detoxify. Especially with the fact that I live with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, it is always healthy to take a bit of time out of the day to ground myself and clear my head.
So I am sharing my eucalyptus and lemon steam facial with you!
What I love the most about this practice is that it costs me next to nothing to do. I purchased a bundle of eucalyptus at a discount florist warehouse near my apartment for $5 and it has lasted me months. I had so much, in fact, that I ended up taking a third of the bundle and trimming off the leaves to store in a mason jar for future apothecary “experiments” — when I realized that making my own eucalyptus essential oil was a bit of a bust, I was left with this enormous jar of leaves. They keep extremely well and hold their scent for a long time when sealed in a jar, and I realized that they were perfect for steaming. Adding lemon oil is optional, but I happened to have it laying around and I added a couple of drops.
The benefits? The steam is helpful for opening up the pores while the eucalyptus soothes and the lemon oil detoxifies the skin. It smells amazing, it is calming, and it is a great way to treat yourself when you are short on money and time.
what you need:
- 3 cups boiling water
- large bowl
- stem of eucalyptus
- lemon oil (optional)
- soft bath towel
- relaxing playlist – like this one
- add boiling water to bowl
- remove eucalyptus leaves from stem and sprinkle in water; allow 30 seconds for them to relax
- add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to the water
- slowly relax your head 6-10 inches above the water and cover your head with the towel, creating a tent
- allow yourself some air if breathing is uncomfortable
- enjoy for 10-15 minutes
- pat your face dry (be gentle!) and follow up with your favorite serum and moisturizer (my favorite daily moisturizer is Dr. Jart+ Water Drop hydrating moisturizer)
I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial! Make sure to treat yourself — the week before thanksgiving is always a hectic one.
Until next post. xx