Herbal Face Steam for Oily, Dull, and Dry Skin

Herbal Facial Steam Screen Shot Whether you’re dealing with major pore congestion or your skin needs some extra care, an at-home DIY herbal face steam is just what the doctor (or esthetician!) ordered!

Top 3 Benefits of steaming:

  1. Softens dirt and oil that’s hardened and built up in pores
  2. Stimulates circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin
  3. Super relaxing and uplifts mood as you breathe in the herbal infused steam

Here’s what you need:

  • large heat proof bowl
  • large towel
  • boiling water
  • herbs and essential oils (see below for recipes)
  • time (to chill ooooout!)

Herbal Face Steam for Oily/ Acne Prone Skin

  • 1-2 sprigs of pine (use your old christmas tree or wreath!)
  • 2-3 whole, dried bay leaves
  • 1-2 tsp of whole cloves

Herbal Face Steam | elodiebeauty.com

Herbal Face Steam for Mature/ Dull Skin

  • 2 sprigs of fresh (or dried) rosemary
  • 1 TBS of green tea leaves

Herbal Facial Steam for Dull Skin | elodiebeauty.com

Herbal Face Steam for Dry/ Sensitive Skin

  • 1-2 TBS dried chamomile
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil

Chamomile Herbal Face Steam for Dry Skin | elodiebeauty.com

How to Steam:

  1. Cleanse your face
  2. Fill a heat proof bowl with boiling water
  3. Add your customized herbs and essential oils
  4. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl, trapping the steam
  5. Sit for 5-10 minutes, breathing deeply (avoid steaming for too long since heat can dehydrate the skin)
  6. Dip a cloth into the (cooled!) water and tone your skin with the herbal-infused ‘tea’. If you wish, you can save the water in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days to use as a toner later.
  7. Follow up immediately with your serum, moisturizer, and/ or oil.

DIY Herbal Face Steam | elodiebeauty.com

Watch the video!

DIY: Clay & Poppy Seed Face Polish

Exfoliating Poppy Seed and Clay Face Polish | elodiebeauty.com Healthy skin starts with exfoliation!

Exfoliating is the number one habit you can start today that can dramatically improve the texture and appearance of your skin.

Exfoliating your skin 2-3 times per week will:

  • help clear congested pores of dirt and dead skin cells
  • help moisturizer penetrate better (therefore making it more effective)
  • smooth rough and textured skin
  • help with makeup application

Try making this DIY exfoliator at home!

Clay & Poppy Seed Face Polish

1 Tbs poppy seeds
5-8 drops of essential oils (tea tree for oily skin, lavender or geranium for dry skin)
1 Tbs kaolin clay
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs dried and ground chamomile flowers
1 Tbs dried and ground lavender flowers

First, add drops of essential oils to poppy seeds. Mix together. 

Exfoliating Poppy Seed and Clay Face Polish | elodiebeauty.com

Next, add all other ingredients and mix together. Exfoliating Poppy Seed and Clay Face Polish | elodiebeauty.com

Pro tip: If you want a very fine and even texture, use a mesh sieve to sift clay, baking soda, and herbal flowers. Once you’ve done this, go ahead and add the poppy seeds.

Exfoliating Poppy Seed and Clay Face Polish | elodiebeauty.com

To use: Mix 1 tsp of polish with some water to create a paste. Gently massage onto skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse off and follow up with a serum, moisturizer, and oil.

Store dry face polish in an air tight container for up to 6 months.

How to Make a Soothing Herbal Tea Bath

How to make a soothing herbal tea bath for pregnancy and postpartum | elodiebeauty.com via Joyous Health

Photo and video via joyoushealth.com

After the whirlwind three weeks I’ve just had, relaxing and soothing my body with an herbal tea bath is just what the doctor ordered!

My little man (aka baby Isadore) decided to arrive 5 weeks early — well, it was actually because I had preeclamia. He probably would have stayed in there, nice and cozy, if he had the choice. As a result of these unfortunate circumstances and my symptoms persisting even after birth, I stayed at the hospital for a week and little Izzie was in the NICU for 2 weeks.

Now that we’re both home and getting into a new routine, these herbal tea baths are incredible for soothing my tired and sore (!) body, and calming the little guy. I actually filmed this video with Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health a few weeks before giving birth, but obviously was a bit delayed in sharing it with you!

These tea baths, made with soothing herbs like lavender, chamomile, and calendula, aren’t just for mom and baby but can be used by anyone. They are perfect for calming irritated, itchy skin, and relaxing both the body and mind. For the full recipe, head on over to the Joyous Health website.

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide + Giveaway (closed)

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide Review on elodiebeauty.com Beauty starts from within!

Here at Elodie Beauty, we certainly talk a lot about how to beautify this and how to beautify that, but as I’ve always stressed, it’s not all about what we put on our body that makes us beautiful. I believe that beauty starts with how we take care of ourself, from the food we eat to the thoughts we think.

” When you focus on feeling beautiful, you’ll find that there’s nothing you need to cover up, laser off, Botox, or sacrifice to the surgeon’s knife.” – Joy McCarthy

That’s why I love Joy McCarthy’s newest online book, the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide.
Joy, who is a Holistic Nutritionist (and so naturally beautiful herself!) follows this philosophy. She says, “I know that it’s the food I eat and lifestyle I live that have the biggest impact on my outside beauty.” Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide contains 14 DIY Beauty recipes plus amazing tips on staying beautiful from the inside out! This gorgeous online guide has a little bit of everything, from Joyous Health beauty principles, to tips on healthy digestion, and what foods to add or ditch in your diet. Also included are 14 awesome DIY beauty recipes to make at home.

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide DIY Beauty Recipes My personal favourite is the Refreshing Avocado Mask, which is a mix of creamy avocado (sooo moisturizing and full of amazing fats!), antioxidant rich matcha powder (bye, bye wrinkles!), and hydrating almond milk. This mask feels so silky smooth, it left my skin feeling super soft and nourished. It will be a lifesaver for combating dry and chapped skin during the upcoming winter months!
Elodie Beauty Bonus tip:
heat up some leftover almond milk and blend these ingredients (with a hint of honey) into an ultra decadent matcha latte while you put up your feet and enjoy this comforting mask.

It wouldn’t be fair to tell you all about this fantastic beauty guide, though, without giving you a chance to get your hands on a free copy! So I’ve joined with Joy to offer one lucky Elodie Beauty reader a chance to win a copy!

Only one person can win, so make sure to also visit the Joyous Health website and buy a copy of the Joyous Health Beauty guide, which is 72 pages of beautiful images and jammed packed with so much Joyous Health wisdom! ($34.95)

To Win a copy of the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide: 

Head on over to the Elodie Beauty facebook page and join the conversation! I’m asking you all “what’s your favourite, ‘go-to’ DIY beauty recipe”? Contest ends Friday, September 23 at 6pm (EST)