Yarrow has healing properties are strongly anti-inflammatory, acne reducing, analgesic (pain reducing, which comes in handy if one has painful breakouts), cooling, and refreshing. Yarrow has a special affinity for the skin (renowned American herbalists Matthew Wood and Michael Moore recommend yarrow for wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, and to speed healing of wounds) and as a vascular system regulator (yarrow's benefits in this area include the ability to stop bleeding, to improve the strength of capillaries, to make a reddened complexion appear less red by drawing blood away from the skin, and also the opposite, to improve coloring in very pale complexions).
Selene Facial Steam
Multipurpose steam for supple, hydrated skin over the long term, and also helps the skin to better absorb other products.
Selene Facial Steam is a multipurpose steam. It ranges from brewing small amounts of the herbs for a preservative-free toner or mist that is good for two days. Adding the strained or unstrained tea to a bath, and using the tea as an incredible hair rinse..
If you are new to steaming, take a moment and allow yourself to become converted. Steaming your face will save you lots of expense on products and facials. Not to mention lots of heartache over your skin's condition, because it is so profoundly healing and effective at improving the skin's health and beauty.
When we receive an e-mail from a customer stating that everything clogs their pores or that the skin dryness they experience is oppressive and persistent, we recommend a steam and all their problems are solved. And if you don't have the time or patience for steaming, try a facial compress with a designated soft facial towel. You won't need a hydrating mask or a facial often, if ever, if you use a high-quality, well-composed herbal steam. Period.
Regular steaming with Selene Facial Steam will result in more supple, hydrated skin over the long term, and also helps the skin to better absorb other products. For this blend, Ava chose herbs that heal acne (yet are nondrying and nonirritant), reduce inflammation, cool, refresh, and soothe.
We recommend using a generous amount of the Cistus & Moonlight Face Mist after steaming.
This steam is based on the most radiant, freshest herbs and flowers. We use the herbalist-recommended parts of the plants; sometimes the flowers, sometimes the leaves. The steam delivers tremendous benefits to the skin. It is beautiful to look at both dry and brewed, and has a refreshing yet soothing, lightly floral yarrow-green-tea-chrysanthemum aroma.
For all skin types, especially acne or redness prone.
The ingredients that make a difference
Chrysanthemum flowers are highly cooling and anti-inflammatory, with a delicate floral aroma. They are also used traditionally for firming the skin (Ava came across historic accounts of Persian women daily splashing their décolleté and breasts with cooled chrysanthemum tea before retiring for bed to maintain firm and youthful breasts into their old age).
The drawing properties of plantain leaves makes them an ideal herb for blackhead- and acne-prone skin types. They help to clarify the pores without any drying effects.
Achillea millefolium (white yarrow) flowers†, Chrysanthemum indicum flowers (organic whenever available), Centaurea cyanus (cornflowers)†, Verbascum sinuatum or Verbascum densiflorum or Verbascum thapsus (mullein) flowers* or †, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaves (organic whenever available), Plantago major (plantain) leaves†. *Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted. Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, small batch
How to use it
Morning & Night
Place a generous handful of the herbs (4 to 5 tablespoons) in a heatproof nonreactive bowl (a stainless steel pot will allow the tea to remain hot longer than a ceramic bowl). Prepare a towel to cover your head during the steam session and wash your face, removing all makeup. Pour 1 to 2 cups freshly boiled water over the herbs to make a strong infusion. Lean over the bowl to caress your face with the pleasantly hot (not scorching) steam. Cover your head with a towel to allow as little of the heat to escape as possible.
The hot steam will help open the skin's pores and the herbs will penetrate deeper to aid purifying, healing, and moisturizing. Steam your face for 15 to 30 minutes (a longer session is much more beneficial; reheat the tea if needed halfway through the session).
"Use the water as a toner and use on the skin or hair."