How At-Home Herbal Steaming Changed My Dry Skin

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As far as at-home skincare is concerned, I don't want anything complicated. For years, I've been perfectly happy keeping my routine ultra simple: cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and a face mask every week or so. Cumbersome devices and rituals historically haven't been my thing, so if you told me two weeks ago that at-home facial steaming would be my new favorite skincare activity, I probably wouldn't have believed you.

Like intensive peels and extractions, I've always regarded steam facials as luxuries reserved for the spa-like interior of an esthetician's office. They require the time and patience to purchase fresh spring water, boil it, and hover my face over it for fifteen minutes. Plus, I always just doubted they could have any real effect. My skin is sensitive, dry, and redness-prone, so what could a pot of boiling water really do, right?

In recent months, however, I've started taking a slightly more holistic, open-minded approach to skincare. Maybe it's a result of the new wellness boom that's happening in the beauty world or just me getting older, but these days I really want to nurture, bolster, and protect my dry skin. Now that I'm in my 20s, my goal is to prevent skin issues before they start, rather than treating them after they arise. So when I heard about natural brand Fig + Yarrow's new herbal facial steams, I was intrigued.

These herbal bouquets, which you add to boiling water, contain all of the detoxifying and purifying benefits of a steam facial, but with an added kick from their powerful botanicals to soothe, nourish, and treat dry, fragile complexions. They promised to be easy and fun to use, so I decided to give them a shot. And they ended up affecting my skin (and mood) in a big way. Keep reading to learn how herbal face steam helped my dry skin.

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