DIY Beauty: homemade tea facial steam


I suddenly had an urge to steam my face this week even though I’m paranoid and not particularly fond of this activity. It must be because of a zit that appeared on my chin that’s making me desperate. So I thought perhaps I should steam my face a little before using the Herbal Healing Clay Masque.

Instead of just using hot water to steam my face, I wanted a little fun and so I looked around the kitchen for some ingredients. The best I have which was suitable to be used in my facial steam were tea leaves. Since I have an abundance of Chinese tea leaves, I decided to use them.

Better heat control with homemade facial steam
It was very easy. I emptied a packet of the tea leaves into a big bowl and then poured hot boiling water into it. I let the tea leaves steep in the hot water for a couple of minutes and then proceed to steam my clean face over it for about 10 minutes. This is the first time I’m using a homemade facial steam and I realized that it’s much better than having my face steamed at the salon because I have control over how much heat I want with the ability to shift my face nearer or further away from the steam.

Get creative in what you add in your facial steam
I don’t think there are any particular skin care benefits in using the tea leaves. It’s really just for fun. Surely the tea aroma beats plain hot steam isn’t it? If you like, you can use other flavors of tea such as green tea, chamomile or lavender. It’s really your choice. Instead of tea, you can also add other herbs or some essential oils.

Use a facial mask after steaming
So after 10 minutes of steaming, I put on my Herbal Healing Clay Masque and indeed, I felt that my skin was better cleansed than usual.  If you’re using a homemade facial steam, I would recommend you to prepare a facial mask to be used afterwards.  It works in synergy for better benefits overall.  After that, tone and moisturize your face as per normal.

Steam with moderation
But do be careful when you’re using a homemade facial steam especially not to get yourself scalded. In addition, you might be interested in a post I’ve written sometime back on why you shouldn’t steam your face too often especially if you have sensitive or dry skin.  Doing it in moderation is good for thorough cleansing but don’t get too addicted to the activity.

P/S:  I didn’t drink the bowl of Chinese tea in case you’re wondering!


  1. Peapot says:

    Hi Sesame!

    Hey that’s a great idea! I was just wondering do you do extraction yourself before the mask? I normally will attempt to remove some blackheads with tissue before applying mask.

    Peapot: Sometimes I do, but mostly on the nose area. I have the most there. But I found that using baking soda mixed with water to rub it off helps to remove the blackheads too.

  2. Ms. Blacklace says:

    After that, you can use the tea to rinse your hair!

    Ms Blacklace: Hey, that’s a good suggestion! I’ll give it a go next time! ?

  3. elleve says:

    i’m more concerned about my neck – how do you steam your face for 10 minutes, or even 5 without getting really tired at the neck!

    Elleve: Not too bad. I think the height of your table should be just right for you to rest both your hands firmly and the neck is okay. I didn’t feel the neck or back aching. Actually I was surprised that I didn’t find the 10 mins very long.

  4. prettybeautiful says:

    this can be done the same with essential oil! with a little warm water, then drop some essential oil, then cover your head with towel together with the bowl to make it as canopy and inhale n enjoy ?

    Prettybeautiful: Yes, using your fave essential oil would be very nice and would give you aromatherapy benefits even!

  5. Bee says:

    Not related to this post at all but I’ve been wondering, when you apply moisturizer to your neck, would you rub upwards or downwards? Since everyone says when you apply moisturizer to your face, you should go upwards and outwards..

    Bee: I always rub upwards for that lifting effect. ?

  6. akiki says:

    nice tips~ simple,easy , and cheap!!!!
    must try!!!!

    Akiki: Yes, this is very easy if you’re keen on occasional steaming. ?

  7. Ms. Blacklace says:

    I actually drink green tea every morning [and munch on dried cranberries. the green tea makes the cranberries sour and I love it!!]. After drinking it, I’ll just steep the leftover tea leaves in a tupperware and head off to work.

    So when I get home, all I have to do is to squeeze a little lemon juice and I’ll use them as a final rinse. Great for oily and fine hair like mine!

    Ms Blacklace: Oh you use it to rinse your hair! So interesting! I haven’t thought of using tea on my hair. I should really try since mine is also oily and fine like yours…

  8. Strawberry says:

    Just wondering when you say steam, how do you steam your face? With a proper equipment?

    Strawberry: No, this is homemade. Just as per what I’ve written in the article – placing your face over the hot steam.

  9. Nicky says:


    You have a great blog!

    I was looking at one of your old posts about how you lost weight with Green tea. How long were you drinking it before you saw results?

    Please let me know when you get the chance


    PS: Keep up the great work

    Nicky: Hi, I was taking green tea every other day for at least 3 months. I didn’t notice the effects cos I thought it was my pineapples causing me to lose weight. However, when I look back, it could be both.

  10. London Virgo says:

    What an amazing idea! i will definitely do this over the weekend!

    LV: Yeah, have fun! But do this occasionally and not too often…frequent steaming is not good for our skin.

  11. Nicky says:


    Thanks for replying. I am trying to lose some weight in time for summer, hope you dont mind the questions ? …does pineapple make you lose weight? How were you eating yours and how many times in a day?

    Thanks x

    Nicky: I ate a quarter of a big pineapple everyday (sometimes split into 2 sessions) for around 2 – 3 months when I noticed my weight drop. But I’ve since stopped eating cos the fruit is causing me to have backaches!

  12. Amy says:

    hey, this is great tips. Wonder if I could use my expired Japanese Green Tea Bag for treatment ? I have sensitive skin ,so to try anything new , I have to be very careful.

  13. sesame says:

    With tea, it’s quite of hard to think of them as having expired since they’re dry. But if you have sensitive skin, better to be careful and use fresh batch.

  14. sesame says:

    Okay, I mixed up with your comments about the toner. If you’re using for steaming, then expired teabags shouldn’t be a problem.

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