Herb(s) of choice: Depending on your skin type (normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive), you may want to add a therapeutic herb or essential oil to the water. Several types of herbs and oils are recommended for each skin type. The following is a brief list of those most commonly used in facial steams:
Dry Skin: Rough, scaly skin benefits from chamomile, lavender, elder flower, red clover, calendula, jasmine, comfrey, marshmallow root and rose water. These non-irritants are also suitable for normal skin types.
Oily Skin: Basil, lemongrass, rosemary, licorice root, lavender and witch hazel bark are natural astringents that eliminate bacteria and help prevent acne. Tea-based herbal infusions are also recommended for oily skin.
Sensitive Skin: Those with exceptionally sensitive skin are advised not to undergo a facial steam more often than once a month, for no longer than three to four minutes per session. Typically, rosewater and calendula are exceptionally soothing to irritable skin.