Why Multi-Masking Should Be a Part of Your Routine
Have dry skin on your cheeks, clogged pores on your nose, and a few fine lines on your forehead? It’s time to try multi-masking! What started as a trending hashtag on social media, has since turned into a mainstream way to mask. Find out why we love multi-masking, below.
WHAT IS MULTI-MASKING?
Multi-masking uses a targeted approach by allowing you to customize the way you use face masks. More often than not, the skin on our T-zone doesn’t need the same type of mask as the skin on our cheeks, so multi-masking lets you personalize the process. With multi-masking, you’ll use different types of masks on the different zones of your face, based on the specific needs in that area.
WHO SHOULD TRY MULTI-MASKING?
In short? Everyone. It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily or prone to dryness, anyone can benefit from layering on an assortment of face masks. Of course, the most traditional technique (zone multi-masking, but more on that later) is especially ideal for those who have various concerns spread across their complexions, such as acne on the T-zone and dry spots on the cheeks. That said, you can still dive into the multi-masking trend even if you just have one skin concern you’d like to target. That’s the beauty of multi-masking, you can customize it your own way.
HOW TO MULTI-MASK
Follow these techniques for getting your best multi-masking experience yet:
Zone multi-masking is one of the more traditional ways of approaching the trend, as the process involves applying masks to specific areas of the face to target different concerns. Say, for example, your cheeks are typically dry—and your T-zone is typically oily—you can apply a hydrating mask to your cheeks for some added moisture and apply a mattifying mask to your T-zone to absorb excess shine—and you can wear both at the same time.
The layer multi-masking technique involves using one mask at a time, but in succession. Say, for example, you’d like to target the excess oil on your complexion, but then want to follow up with a hydrating formula after. You’d first use a mattifying clay mask––preferably one of these options—then, rinse and apply a hydrating sheet mask afterwards.
Don’t rule out the idea of masking just because you can’t fit multiple into your schedule in one single day or night. Using the alternating multi-masking technique can save you some time. Here’s one way you can do it: Apply a clay mask the night before a big trip, then follow up the next day (in-flight or after you’ve landed) with a mask that can cool and calm the skin.
The Best Face Masks for Multi-Masking
If you want to give multi-masking a try you’re first going to have to evaluate your skin. Pin-point if some areas have different needs than others—this will help you narrow down the types of face masks you’ll want to use.
To restore the skin’s moisture balance, try Lancôme Hydra Intense Mask: Does your skin look dehydrated? Take five minutes out of your day to restore your skin’s moisture balance. (If you don’t know if your skin is dehydrated or dry, read here to spot the difference.) Lancôme’s Hydra Intense Mask is formulated with water captors, and can help diminish the appearance of dry lines, leaving the skin looking smoother and perfectly hydrated.
For cooling benefits, try SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque: Restore your skin’s natural radiance with this intensive calming botanical mask that cools on contact and comforts the skin.
For hydration, try SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque: This intensely hydrating gel mask—enhanced with vitamin B3—helps replenish the skin of moisture levels, leaving your complexion feeling supple and smooth.
For refining the look of skin, try SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque: This is a skin-refining mask that can decongest pores and remove excess oil. The formula—with natural Earth clays, aloe, chamomile, and a hydroxy acid blend—can also help calm the skin.
For soothing benefits, try Biocellulose Restorative Masque: This 6-piece restorative mask helps soothe the skin and alleviate discomfort. You can expect each mask to help replenish your complexion and provide immediate relief.
For drawing out impurities, try Garnier SkinActive Clean + Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser & Mask: Keeping oily skin types in mind, this mask—enhanced with charcoal—can help draw out deep impurities like a magnet.
For stressed skin, try Biotherm Life Plankton Mask: When you’re feeling stressed it can start to show on your skin, especially if you’re neglecting to follow a skin care routine. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to unwind and apply this hydryogel facial mask. It can give your skin a smoother and more luminous appearance.
For brightening benefits, try L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten: This mask can help illuminate dull and tired-looking skin, while removing dirt and other surface impurities.
For mattifying benefits, try L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify: If your skin is oily and congested, you’ll want this purifying mask formulated with clay and eucalyptus to help remove pore-clogging impurities while leaving behind a matte finish.
For rough skin, try L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refine: Address rough skin and clogged pores with a mask that’s powered by clay and red algae. The formula can exfoliate the skin to reveal a more refined look, as well as smooth the complexion and minimize the look of pores.
For smoothing benefits, try L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth: Formulated with yuzu lemon, this mask can help address the issues of roughness and imperfections on the skin. As a result, the skin looks smoother and more even in tone.
For reducing the look of pores, try Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask: For regions of the face with enlarged pores, you can use this deep cleansing mask to help eliminate any dead skin cell accumulation that might be the culprit.
For uncomfortable skin, try Vichy Quenching Mineral Face Mask: Blended with the brand’s comforting Mineralizing Thermal Water, glycerin, and vitamin B3, this hydration-boosting mask works to target dry and uncomfortable skin. The formula also contains key vitamins and minerals to help strengthen your skin against environmental aggressors.
For enhancing radiance, try Vichy Double Glow Peel Face Mask: This mask can gently exfoliate dead skin cells to help brighten the appearance of your complexion. The formula also has a unique blend of volcanic rocks and AHA––so you’re getting a mix of both mechanical and chemical exfoliation at the same time.
For purifying the skin, try Vichy Mineral Pore Purifying Clay Mask: Draw out excess sebum and impurities from the skin’s surface with this formula with kaolin clay, bentonite clay, and aloe vera extracts. With continued use, the skin will appear softer, hydrated and purified.
For dehydrated skin, try La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask: If you’re looking for immediate and long-lasting hydration, this mask certainly fits the bill. It’s a soothing and re-hydrating face mask— formulated with hyaluronic acid and the brand’s Thermal Water—that can help restore skin comfort and improve luminosity.
Got your mask(s) picked out? Remember to have some fun! Experiment with different masks until you find the best face mask cocktail for your skin. Once you’ve found what works for you, use multi-masking as a part of your weekly skin care routine!