Beauty, SkincareBudget Spa Idea: Green Tea Steam Facial by Alyson November 11, 2016 How To: Green Tea Steam Facial At Home It’s pretty obvious that I love facials. I don’t get them very often, but when I do, I try to hold on to the post-facial glow as long as possible. In fact, I just got one the other day and if you followed me on Snapchat, you would have seen snaps of me getting a microdermabrasion treatment, ha! More on that in a future post. I take pride in my skincare routine. Like many women, as I’ve gotten older, the more obsessed I’ve become with skin care. We all want to look young and age gracefully, which is why I double cleanse, use a face brush, apply toner, put masks on, etc. But for some reason after every facial I’ve gotten, I’ve been told to have a lot of blocked pores. Extractions and steaming help with this problem, but I know I can’t expect clog-free pores if I get professional facials every 4 months or so. At many day spas before getting a facial, my face is usually steamed for 10 minutes. Just like going to a steam room or drinking a cup of hot tea, facial steaming is so relaxing (read how I use tea to relax here). The steam hydrates and softens skin to draw up buildup (aka whiteheads and blackheads) and promote healthy circulation to help your skin absorb skincare products better. I have an at-home spa day every week, so I got to thinking, why not do a steam facial at home? I got the idea to do a DIY steam facial while drinking a cup of Pure Leaf hot Green Tea with Mint after my facial the other day. There are so many beauty benefits in green tea! I could go on and on, but green tea basically has a ton of antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals, which could potentially prevent aging and cancer development. With a green tea steam facial, the antioxidants are shot straight into the pores to detox and hydrate your skin. But you can totally reap the benefits by drinking green tea too! To do a steam facial at home: Choose a high-quality green tea Before we get on with the DIY steam facial, be sure to pick a high-quality green tea that you enjoy drinking. I chose the Pure Leaf hot Green Tea with Mint because it’s almost like loose tea – you can visibly see the rolled green tea leaves from Indonesia and pressed green peppermint leaves. I also chose this one because the peppermint scent also acts like aromatherapy, which adds to the whole at-home steam facial experience. Prep your face Make sure your face is cleansed properly. Steep the tea Begin boiling the water. Once it’s boiled, transfer the water to a heat safe bowl and I suggest letting the water sit for a little bit before beginning your facial. You don’t want it too hot! Cut open your tea bags and add to the water. Steam your face Grab a towel and drape it over your head and shoulders while your face is over the bowl. Keep your face about 10-18 inches from the steam for about 5-10 minutes. Take in the whole experience as your skin soaks up all the antioxidants and breathe in the peppermint scent. Consciously breathe in and breath out. Add skin treatments With your skin softened and moistened, add your favorite serum and moisturizer and say hello to beautiful glowing skin! Get started on your budget spa and save $1 by getting the Pure Leaf tea at your local Albertson’s here!