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June 9, 2010

A Fresh Herb Facial Steam

Summer has officially arrived: I’m wearing white pants, I’ve spilled on my white pants. I’m experimenting with self-tanners (more on this next week!). And, I’ve planted my herb garden. It’s nothing fancy, really, but it’s mine. Very soon I’ll be plucking fresh sprigs of herbaceous goodness for mint juleps, caprese salad, my semi-famous grilled lamb, and . . . a totally invigorating facial steam. Nothing opens up pores, increases circulation, preps the skin for a deep-cleansing mask (love this one), and imparts a healthy glow like a good steam. You don’t need to go to the spa to treat yourself. Simply:

  1. cleanse face per usual
  2. boil a pot of water
  3. carefully transfer the water to a large bowl
  4. toss in a handful of fresh herbs into the bowl – basil, rosemary and mint are v. refreshing
  5. cover head with a towel and hold face over steamy water for 5–10 minutes

That’s it! A slight addiction to steaming may ensue—just go with it. Summer will be over before we know it.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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