Hot Facial Compress

Hot Facial Compress

I’ve had the full body version of this several times in Indonesia, and found it marvellously relaxing, to say nothing of deeply soothing for aching muscles. So when I saw a smaller, facial, version in Bangkok I snapped it up immediately.

The hard-packed cloth ball contains a mixture of herbs and spices including tamarind, turmeric and camphor, together with mineral mud, and is supposed to ‘invigorate your essence, relieve tension and renew skin’. Apparently the tamarind refreshes, the turmeric detoxifies and the camphor relaxes, whilst of course the heat opens up the pores to allow these ingredients to work their magic.

You have to sprinkle water over the ball of the compress then heat it up – 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave is more than enough to make it steam. Taking care not to burn your skin (test the temperature carefully first!) you then roll the ball firmly over your face until it has cooled down. You can repeat this several times if you like, reheating as necessary to maintain the temperature.

The compress is reusable, although you should wait at least 15 minutes before rinsing it clean then leaving it to dry out for next time. Depending on how often you use it, it should last a couple of months… It’s a great way to prepare your skin for a deep cleaning or hydrating mask, or simply a lovely way to relax before bedtime. I love this!