You don’t always realize the toll that everyday stress, along with dust and air pollution, take on your face. However, taking a regular steam facial will help to clean the pores and bring dull skin back to life. Peppermint facials are especially effective for oily skin.

Things You'll Need

Fill a large saucepan with fresh water and bring it to a boil over high heat.

Pour the water into a mixing bowl and toss in 2 tbsp. of fresh mint leaves.

Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the peppermint steep for about 10 minutes.

Wash your face in your usual way.

Lean over the bowl and drape a large bath towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping. Close your eyes and inhale slowly as the steam penetrates your pores.

Keep your face in the steam for 8 to 10 minutes if you have very oily skin, and approximately 3 minutes for dry skin.


  • If you have acne, repeat the peppermint steam treatment twice a week. If you have sensitive or dry skin, once a week is enough.

  • Add a bit more fresh peppermint if you want a stronger peppermint facial. It’s best to start with less, as peppermint is strong and some people can be sensitive to it.