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For those of us with combination skin, it’s especially important to keep a constant routine of exfoliating, cleansing, and properly balancing our skin. The good news is that even small steps, like incorporating a quick at-home facial into our routine every now and then, can help a great deal when it comes to maintaining our skin and keeping it looking renewed and balanced.
Lately, I’ve been doing a super easy ‘mini’ facial treatment every 2-3 days, and it has been keeping my combination skin in check. It’s fun too, and uses some affordable new products that I’ve been experimenting with, like the Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser and Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. So before we get started with my step-by-step tutorial, here’s a little background on why I’ve chosen to use baking soda cleansers in my routine.
A Little Bit About Baking Soda Cleansers
Baking soda cleansers are completely new to the market thanks to Bioré, and I was very anxious to try them out. Why? Because baking soda cleansers are excellent for both clarifying and exfoliating, making them the perfect little multi-taskers! They work by forming tiny little bubbles that dive deep into pores and expand to break up deep-seated dirt and oil. At the same time, they gently exfoliate and soften dry patches. The end result? Smoother, clearer skin, without irritation or risk or over-scrubbing.
Bioré is the first to introduce these new baking soda cleansers to the market, starting with the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub – a powder scrub that activates with water. It’s customizable too, and allows you to dial up or down the amount of exfoliation you want just by adjusting the amount of water you mix with it! Bioré also introduced the Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser, an everyday cleanser that dissolves dirt and oil and provides gentle exfoliation. Together, they make the perfect cleansing duo for combination skin.
I picked up both at Target while browsing the skincare department. They’ve really been working great for me, and when combined with a few extra steps, they complete my new nighttime facial routine. So without further ado, here’s my step-by-step guide on how to do a fun 5-minute ‘mini-facial’ at home!
5-Minute Facial for Combination Skin
STEP 1: Cleanse 2x
Grab the Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser and gently massage it into your face and neck (taking care not to drag or roughly handle your skin) to remove all your makeup, then rinse with water. Now that your pores are exposed and clear of makeup, do a second cleansing to get an even deeper clean. This ensures that you’re removing all the oils and impurities that lay just under your foundation.
STEP 2: Exfoliate
Next, making sure your face is still wet, and grab the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub. Follow three easy steps to activate the powder!
- Dispense a quarter sized amount into your hand.
- Slowly add water to activate (the more your add, the gentler the scrub will become).
- Mix to form a paste and then apply on wet skin.
Make sure to use circular motions to gently massage the paste over your skin. Spend some time going over your nose, cheeks, and forehead to hit those clogged, oily pores we often see on our T-zone. This scrub will deep clean those areas to free oil, dirt, and any existing pore congestion. It will also smooth away the dead skin that builds up there to prevent further congestion. After about one minute of massaging, rinse off the scrub to reveal super smooth skin!
STEP 3: Tone
Give your face another splash with water or some toner applied with a cotton pad.
STEP 4: Apply Oil
While your face is slightly damp, apply 2-3 drops of argan oil onto the skin. Especially on our T-zone, this concept of ‘fighting oil with oil’ really works as the oil locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated, hence preventing the skin from having to produce its own oil to compensate.
STEP 4: Massage
Spend about a minute messaging in the oil. Use very light pressure while stroking the skin upwards and out towards your temples. You can use the diagram above to guide you.
STEP 5: Apply Moisturizer
Finish by layering on a slightly more intensive moisturizer. This will help to further hydrate the skin and lock in moisture so it stays plump and balanced overnight.
Once your skin is thoroughly soaked in moisturizer, your facial is complete!
Doing a mini nighttime facial every few days can really help balance out combination skin. In just 5 minutes, you can clear all the makeup, dirt and oil away, remove dead skin and flakes, hydrate and refresh overnight. The next morning, you’ll wake up to smoother, softer, and clearer skin! If you’re interested in learning more about the products in my routine, including the new Bioré Baking Soda Cleanser and Scrubs, stop by Bioré’s website here! (Oh, and if you lean toward more oily skin, check out Bioré Charcoal Products!).
Do you have combination skin? What are some ways you keep it balanced?