This new craze on Instagram (which btw is SO cute) has been something we've been reading about a lot lately. At a personal level, I know for a fact that different areas of my face need different kinds of loving and what better way to do it than own this trending (and selfie-friendly) technique of multi-masking?
When you go for a facial, the esthetician uses different treatments simultaneously to create a skin remedy tailored to what YOUR skin needs. So my question is, why can't we do that ourselves? Korean masks are THE bomb so lets figure out how to maximize their usage and customize our treatments instead of just smearing one product on.
1. Here's our first tip: Usually, masking is recommended after cleansing but here's a real secret - increase your mask's effectiveness by using it after a shower. New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman says that the steam loosens debris that clogs your pores and if you have dry skin, you can also use a mask to trap in that moisture.
2. Tip for dry skin types: Reaching for the most moisturizing and hydrating mask is not always the answer. The first thing that should be done, is to exfoliate and slough those dead skin cells before you reach out for hydration. Don't forget to treat your brow and jaw areas.
3. Each area of your face is unique and requires something different. Tailor your masking session to suit the individual areas and their needs. For example, if your T-Zone is feeling really oily, slap on some charcoal based formula on that area but hey, you might be getting your period, so reach out for anti-inflammatory ingredients in areas you tend to get spots (Salicylic acid is an awesome ingredient for hormonal breakouts).
4. Plan ahead: So we all love that adorable multi-masking selfie but lets not forget to ensure we are making the most out of our masking session by strategically planning everything from ingredients, areas, and durations. For example, some masks are supposed to be kept on for longer than others so you might want to put those on first and then add the others on a little later.
5. Overmasking is a real thing and lets steer clear of it! While layering masks can be a great way to really get all the goodness to penetrate, layering more than two masks in the same place can cause serious irritation and pore clogging. Keep a good balance like everything else and you should be fine! Tip: Multi-mask once a week with up to 4 masks at one time. Quick note though, the frequency depends entirely on the strength of the mask. The stronger it is, the less frequently you want to use it.
6. Moisturize! After masking, continue with the rest of your light layers of goodness and don't forget to seal it all in with your favorite moisturizer! Be it a lotion or a deep cream, you're gonna need it.
Here are a few ingredient recommendations:
- Oily areas, such as your T-zone need something containing charcoal, clay or mud to extract the excess sebum and open up those clogged pores.
- Dry areas, such as your cheeks and areas around your eyes need serious moisture and hydration. Reach out for ingredients like Hyaluronic acid for more supple skin.
- If pigmentation is your main concern, you need a mask or pack with brightening/whitening properties These usually contain Vitamin C or Niacinamide.
- We already know that salicylic acid is great for breakouts, but so is tea tree and Centella asiatica.
- Snail it for plumpness and and those fine lines and wrinkles.
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