Our faces aren’t a “one-solution-solves-all” type of canvas. How is it that we can have dull skin and fine lines at the same time? It may not seem fair, but it’s common for different areas of the face to require their own treatment for achieving complexion perfection.
That’s why selfie-obsessed influencers are increasingly following in the footsteps of skin therapists, custom-tailoring treatments by multi-masking (a.k.a. wearing more than one mask simultaneously) to solve a variety of complexion dilemmas at once. You need to treat your face like your wardrobe: mix and match until you find an ensemble that works for you! Here, we’ve mapped out five ways to lay one on—and then another—to achieve an even, smooth glow from hairline to jawline and everywhere in between.
1. Exfoliate Before You Start.
No matter which combo of masks you choose to use, one thing is for sure: all those lovely skin care ingredients are going to have a tough time getting past the surface if a layer of dead skin cells stands in the way. The night before your mask party, use a mild exfoliating toner to clear a path. Right before you multi-mask, take a steamy shower to open up your pores and let the good guys in. Try: Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner
2. Know Your Zones.
When it comes to application, think of your face as a map and choose one to three formulas to address each borough. For oily areas, charcoal, clay and mud draw out impurities in the t-zone, where sebaceous glands are most prominent. If blackheads are a bother, use a peel-off mask to lift dirt from congested pores. Discolouration? A brightening mask containing vitamin C or licorice targets areas where the sun hits most, like the tops of cheekbones. Give dry patches a kick of moisture with hyaluronic acid-loaded masks. And to treat fine lines, reach for serum-soaked sheet or cream masks rich in retinol.
Try: PHILOSOPHY purity made simple pore extractor mask; #Glittermask Gravitymud™ Firming Treatment; RODIAL Vit C Brightening Mask; DR ROEBUCK'S Icebergs Hydrating Mask; SHISEIDO Wrinkle Resist 24 Pure Retinol Mask
3. Bring On The Tools.
Using many masks at once can be a messy situation without the proper applicator. That’s why a foundation brush can help neatly lay down your cream or mud mask of choice, especially around the tricky eye and mouth areas. To spot-treat with a sheet or hydro gel mask, use a pair of scissors to slice triangles and place only where needed (the spares can go on your hands or decollate). Try: Quo Professional Foundation Brush
4. Give Your Eyes A Surprise.
Your eye area has the thinnest tissue on your face, so is it any wonder that using a mask made specifically for that area is the simplest multi-masking hack? (And remember, some active ingredients you’re using in a full-face mask aren’t safe for the precious eye area.) Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and caffeine help to rehydrate fine lines and brighten dark circles. For an extra energizing boost, leave eye masks in the fridge before using. Typically shaped like a hockey stick, eye masks can be flipped and applied on smile lines to plump up deep-set lines. Try: Patchology Eye Revive FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels
5. Yes, You Can Layer Your Masks.
Double masking happens when you pile one on top of the other. But be warned, you need to make sure that both masks work together to achieve the results you want. One rule of thumb? Always use an exfoliating mask as your first layer, closest to your skin. Hydrating masks go on top. Nourishing cream masks should sit under clay, mud or peel-off masks (or they’ll never penetrate that barrier). Try: Biotherm Skin Best Wonder Mud Mask; LANCÔME ROSE JELLY MASK