I know I can’t start another article by complaining about the weather so instead I’ll just say this: I am moving to California, or somewhere on the West Coast, before next October. Seriously, friends in Portland, L.A. and Seattle, I’ll be seeing you all soon. I am done with the East and the big city and the frigid horrible endless cold.
For now, though, while I do still live in Toronto and it still feels like winter, so I’m making cups of tea for my face.
Well, not tea per se: Fig and Yarrow’s Spring Herbal Steam.
This bright, colourful blend of flowers and herbs is like spring in a jar, and it smells like a spa located in the middle of a meadow filled with wildflowers.
Though there are four seasonally themed blends in the line, I opted for the one named after the season I was craving most. Bursting with blooms like chamomile, linden blossom, lavender, rose, marigold and chrysanthemum, this rainbow blend looks more like a tin of potpourri than a facial product.
Basically, you pour boiling water over a small handful of the floral blend in a bowl, then allow it to cool slightly. Once the mixture is an agreeable temperature, you create a tent towel by draping a towel around your head and the bowl to trap the steam. Then, simply breathe deeply and let the botanical steam work it’s magic.
I went into the tent with a lot of dryness and generally unhappy, lacklustre skin, driven to horribleness by the long, dry winter. I didn’t expect too much, but hiding under that towel with floral steam floating all around my face was really therapeutic!
When I finally emerged, by skin was dewy, soft, and glowing, and had that same moisturized, clean feeling it does after a good steam during a facial. It's a welcome addition to my weekly at-home spa nights, if only for the relaxing time hiding away from the world.
Once your face is fully steamed (I last in the tent for about 10 minutes), follow up with a cold water oil cleanse, toner and moisturizer. Then, if you’re up for more steam and heat, pour the tea into your tub and take a long, hot bath. The instructions say to strain the mixture first, but I’m a big fan of flowers floating around me in my bath water, so I say just pour it in and strain later!