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The Benefits of Multimasking
Skincare trends come and go, but one that’s gained legs in recent years and shows no signs of stopping is multimasking. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, multimasking involves using more than one type of face mask on your skin at the same time.
Face masks, if you choose the right ones, can be a beneficial indulgence in your skincare routine, but there’s more than one type of mask. If you have a skin type that’s both oily and dry, combination and dehydrated, and more, you can reap the benefits of different types of masks—that’s where multimasking comes in.
One of the best benefits of multimasking is that it lets you treat yourself to a spa-like experience at home, without worrying about whether a mask might not be right for certain areas of your face.
Say, for instance, you have a very oily T-zone, but dry, flaky skin on your cheeks. Using an oil-absorbing mask might be great for your nose, chin, and forehead, but not ideal for the rest of your face. The opposite is also true: A rich hydrating mask to soothe your cheeks doesn’t work for the oilier areas of your skin.
How to Multimask For Your Skin Type and Concerns
So you know your skin type, and you’ve chosen the masks you want to use to tackle all your concerns in one go. But how exactly do you go about multimasking? We have a few recipes to get you started.
Here’s what you do: Select a calming moisture mask and apply it to the dry areas of your face. Then, smooth an oil-absorbing clay mask onto your nose, forehead, and chin. For the clay mask, let it dry for 10–15 minutes, then gently wipe it off with a soft, damp washcloth. You can do the same with the moisture mask, but since it does double-duty as a moisturizer, there’s no reason you can’t let it soak into skin overnight for an even richer moisturizing experience.
Tip: If you see residue after removing the absorbent clay mask with a washcloth, gently go over those areas with a toner applied with a cotton pad. This is preferred to applying more pressure with a washcloth, which can aggravate skin.
Dullness and Wrinkles
If your concern is dullness on most of your face, but wrinkles around the eyes, slather a radiance-boosting mask all over, except for the eye area. In the eye area, apply a balm-like anti-aging eye cream that addresses fine lines. You can leave these on overnight, too.
Dehydrated Skin and Enlarged Pores
What if you have dehydrated, thirsty skin on your cheeks and forehead, but enlarged pores on your nose? Try an oil-rich hydrating mask on the driest areas, and a pore-minimizing charcoal mask on your nose to give the appearance of smaller pores. You should remove the charcoal mask after a few minutes, but you can leave the hydrating mask on.
Of course, these are only some suggestions as to how to multimask. The true beauty of multimasking is that it lets you customize a mix of face masks that works best for you. It also lets you switch up your routine if your skin changes slightly because of seasonal or environmental changes. Multimasking lets you become your very own aesthetician, without paying a spa entry fee!
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About the Experts
Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:
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