Multi-masking burst onto the scene when aestheticians and dermatologists alike praised its benefits, especially for those with combination skin. The reason? It allows you to target different areas of your face with different formulas. For example, a clay mask on your T-zone, where you tend to overproduce oil, can help dry things up a bit and clear up any breakouts. However, if your cheeks tend to be drier and more rough in texture, a creamy, hydrating mask might be your best bet.
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“I love multi-masking in my treatments,” says celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy. “Most skin types are sensitive, oily and surface-dry all at the same time. And they may be especially more sensitive and oily down the T-zone.”
Joy agrees that the fun thing about multi-masking is you can treat each area as needed, which she utilizes in her facial treatments. “After extractions and a possible glycolic treatment, I’ll apply a clay mask that has a brightening and healing effects to the areas of the face that are oily. Then I’ll apply a refreshing hydrating mask to the areas that are sensitive and/or surface-dry. Sometimes I will use a brush to apply either mask, but it just depends on the person’s skin.”
If your skin type is more on the normal side, a good way to multi-mask is to do one mask on your full face for about 10 minutes (massage it in really well) and then after you rinse it off, apply another entirely different mask. This gives your skin a double dose of active ingredients and really maximizes the results. “I like to use a clay brightening mask, leaving it on the skin for five minutes to get the effect, and then I apply a hydrating sheet mask that’s soaked in a serum, such as hyaluronic acid,” says Joy. “You can also use this method on the neck and chest area.”
Brands like Glossier have developed masks that follow this type of regimen, which they claim enhance the overall results of the products. Its detoxifying Mega Greens Galaxy Pack ($22) mask is recommended to be followed by its hydrating Moisturizing Moon Mask ($22) because “they work in harmony to nourish and balance skin.” In my experience, it really works!