The Secret’s in the Steam
Ever since I was a young girl, I saw skincare as a healer in my life. The scents, the textures, the rituals. Something about a beauty “routine” made me feel good, inside and out. Creams, oils, and masks were responsible for teaching me how to engage my senses from a very young age. Over time, I knew there was a connection between taking care of our skin and taking care of ourselves as a whole. Skincare regimens had the potential to be emotionally-driven rituals that made us FEEL a certain way, despite the skin looking back at us.
One very specific skincare ritual allowed me to connect with my skin on a much deeper level than just “results.” While working for a large department store cosmetic company, I was trained to think that skincare was all about what it can do for you eventually, not what it can do for you during application. I was taught that a product’s results was something achieved over time, which never quite made sense to me. Facial steaming, one of my favorite skincare rituals, gave me immediate results: it not only purified my skin, but also my mind. It gave me a few minutes to leave my day behind and just breathe. My multitude of thoughts had the power to become one singular chant — “Inhale….Exhale….Inhale….Exhale.” Three minutes of facial steaming had the power to click refresh on my otherwise chaotic day. Whether sitting in a eucalyptus steam room or hearing the sound of herbal, bubbly water coming from my own kitchen, skin steaming had me at hello, hi, and how are you. From this love came SkinOwl’s quest for the perfect “Beauty Steam.”
Sourcing ingredients is one of my greatest passions. It’s taken me as far as Vietnam, Israel, and Montenegro and as close as my own home garden. When it came to creating a never-before-seen herbal blend specifically for our Beauty Heroes collaboration, I knew I wanted to accomplish three main goals:
I wanted it to smell delicious.
I wanted it to look delicious.
And most importantly, I wanted it to contain the purest, organic flowers and herbs that could purify not only the skin, but the mind as well.
I had always been drawn to the soothing qualities of Chamomile and Calendula, the balancing nature of Cornflower and Yarrow, and the smell of Roses and French Lavender. SkinOwl’s first Beauty Steam, , contains many of these herbs as well. Most importantly, I wanted to include one of my favorite herbs, Helichrysum, for the Beauty Heroes steam, because of what its name represents. Helichrysum means “to turn around or transform.” This struck me for two reasons:
1) To change or redirect yourself is heroic. It takes courage to change. How fitting for this heroic beauty box!
2) Facial steam can be the perfect “gateway product” to turning steadfast regimens into rituals. Let helichrysum lead the way!
This multi-colored flora cocktail is a limited edition Beauty Steam and made with nothing but organic herbs (and love!) for all of our heroic beauty birds. With our faces so often exposed to car exhaust, air pollution and other environmental airborne toxins, it was paramount that the herbs in your Heroic Helichrysum Beauty Steam purify and detox the skin. And that’s just what they will do!
Now that we know the ins and outs of SkinOwl’s Heroic Helichrysum Beauty Steam, you might be asking, “How do I use this baby at home?!” Easy peasy! Let’s get to it:
After cleansing your face, place your capsule of herbs into a bowl of boiling water and allow them to steep and cool for a few minutes. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl allowing the rising steam to carry the regenerative herbal properties to your skin. Steam for a maximum of 5 minutes (feel free to come in and out of your towel for fresh air) and follow with your favorite SkinOwl Beauty Drops. Practice this skin-loving ritual once a week to maintain soft, gloriously glowing skin. If you have cystic acne, please limit steaming time to one minute, once a week, and stop immediately if skin reddens or becomes more inflamed.
My wish for you is that your Heroic Helichrysum Beauty Steam gives you a moment in your day to reflect. To think. To be present. To truly feel your life. And of course, to look at life’s myriad of changes with an open heart. We live in a crazy, chaotic, not-so-private world. Sometimes, all you need is a a few minutes under a bright, cozy towel to reconnect you to your life (and thus, the people and things you love). Hero on, beauty birds, and know how much you are loved and appreciated by me, Jeannie, and the entire nest.