Have you ever noticed that certain parts of your face look and feel different from others? An oily t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) for instance? Or perhaps some sections of your face are more prone to breaking out or drying out?
The truth is, your skin isn’t uniform, and hormonal, lifestyle and environmental changes can easily affect different areas of your face. Since there’s really no single solution to tackling this you’ll have to get creative, and multi-masking is your best bet. This is the practice of applying several types of face masks to target different skin concerns in specific areas of your face.
Below, we cover the in’s and out’s of multi-masking and how you can make it your own.
“Multi-masking is the practice of applying different types of face masks to specific areas of your face.”
What Do Face Masks Actually Do?
Face masks go way beyond making for fun selfies and offering a few minutes of peace and quiet. When done right, they can deliver deep nourishment to your skin through an intense concentration of ingredients. So in addition to your regular day and night skincare routine, it’s worth doing a face mask once or twice a week to give your skin extra TLC.
Why One Mask Can’t Do it All
The thing is, most face masks are designed to only tackle one or two skin concerns at a time. So, if you have multiple skin concerns at once, one face mask alone won’t be able to do your skin much justice.
Think about how you take medicine to fight different ailments. There’s one for when you get a fever, one for a cough, one for aches and pains and so on. The same concept applies to your skin: while an oil-control mask is ideal for oiliness overall, if you’re only oily in certain areas, it could end up dehydrating other parts of your face. This is where multi-masking can help!
What Types of Masks Should You Go For?
You’ll find tons of different types on the market. Here are a few to go for depending on the kind of skin concerns you want to tackle:
To fight oiliness and acne: go for a purifying mask or a deep cleansing one to get rid of dirt and impurities which accumulate in your pores and which can lead to acne.
To fight dryness: go for a hydrating or moisturising mask that can replenish your skin’s moisture levels and get rid of any flakiness or dullness.
To fight dull skin: look for masks that can revitalise, regenerate and brighten your skin, as well as those that can gently exfoliate (this means it will buff away dead skin cells to make way for fresh, glowing skin!)
To fight redness and itchiness: you’ll need a soothing and calming mask for this. Look out for ingredients that will help minimise irritation and inflammation including chamomile, green tea and aloe vera.
To fight dark circles: since the skin around your eye area is far more delicate than any other part of your face, it’s important to give them some extra care and nourishment. Under-eye masks are great for targeting dark circles and puffiness.
What is the Right Way to Multi-mask?
No matter what masks you go for, it’s best to use them after a warm shower or bath. This is when your pores have opened up and are able to soak in all the goodness from your masks.
If it’s a sheet mask, grab some scissors and cut it up freestyle to fit the areas you want it to. If it’s a clay or cream consistency, simply smear it on specific areas. Don’t be afraid to mix and match – your skin will love the personalised treatment! Plus, any bits you don’t use you can save for another round of multi-masking later! Once you’re done with your multi-masking, don’t forget to apply a nourishing moisturiser to seal in all the nutrients and keep your skin hydrated.
“Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Your skin will love the personalised treatment!”
How Often Should You Multi-mask?
Since you’re giving your skin an intense burst of nutrients in one go, it’s best not to overdo your masking routine, as this could backfire on your skin. Stick to multi-masking just once or twice a week, or when you feel your skin really needs it.
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