DIY Facial Steam for Any Kind of Skin

Steam is one of the best tools available for opening pores, softening skin, increasing circulation, and enhancing the benefits of serums and moisturizers. Maybe you’re thinking that all those benefits would only be available at a spa. Well, we’re happy to report that you can create your own mini spa experience with our DIY facial steam recipe.

Facial Steam 101

Before starting, it’s a good rule of thumb to have freshly washed skin to ensure the steam has maximum effect. Also, be sure not to steam for more than 10 minutes! Steaming too long can cause the opposite of the desired effects on your skin!

Customize Your Facial Steam Recipe

Adding essential oils or herb combinations to your facial steam is a wonderful way to enhance the experience and boost the benefits for your skin type. Use our guide below to select the best ingredients for the ultimate steam. (Note: Do not add more essential oil to make stronger, three drops of many of these oils will be plenty powerful for your personal steam session.)

Mature/Aging Skin

We recommend using a combination of rosemary and chamomile for your steam.

  • 1 tablespoon of rosemary herbs, which can be fresh or dried
  • A drop of frankincense essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers (fresh or dried).

Oily/Acne Prone Skin

We recommend using a tea tree and basil steam.

  • 3 drops Melaleuca, or tea tree essential oil
  • A few fresh basil leaves

Normal/Combination Skin

Use a geranium and lavender steam.

  • 3 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lavender (fresh or dried)

DIY Facial Steam Recipe

Let’s start the DYI facial steam process. 


  • A pot or kettle to boil water
  • Heat-safe bowl (ceramic or glass work well)
  • Towel (big enough that it can cover your head, shoulders, and the bowl)


  1. Boil several cups of water
  2. Add your choice of herbs and oils.
  3. Transfer mixture to a heat-safe bowl and set it down on a flat countertop.
  4. Drape the towel over your head and shoulders, and lean over the bowl. Keep your face about 10-18 inches from the steam.
  5. Breathe deeply and slowly. Enjoy for about 5-10 minutes*
  6. Follow with a mask or serum moisturizer while your skin is damp.

 *Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

Complete your skin care routine with our Skin Care Guide for Sensitive Skin.

Try our other recipes for glowing skin:

Honey Exfoliator
Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub
Coconut Honey Face Mask

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