What Exactly Is Multi-Masking – And Should You Be Doing It?
What Is Multi-Masking?
It turns out that very few of us actually have consistently “normal” skin. Our T-zone tends to be more oily, our cheeks may be on the dry side, or we may be struggling with patches of dullness in desperate need of exfoliation. Our skin type can also fluctuate depending on factors such as hormones, climate and age. Multi-masking is the ritual of using two or more masks on different areas of your skin to target multiple concerns at once. Since it’s such a potent treatment with so many active ingredients, it should only be done about once or twice a week, max. Ready to play mixologist on your face? Read on.
Tailor Your Treatment
The key to multi-masking is to customize your masks and apply wherever they are needed most. Here are our favorite hacks for maximizing your masks.
Choose a Gentle Cleanser
Start with a clean face. Since multi-masking involves powerful active ingredients, we recommend that you use a gentle cleanser to prime your canvas.
Use an Exfoliating Mask
For your first layer of multi-masking, you’ll want to reach for an exfoliating mask to dissolve dead skin cells, in order to prep your complexion to absorb all of the potent actives in your other products. Apply a mask with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, that chemically exfoliates and/or one that physically buffs away surface skin. For normal skin types, try Black Algae Flash Mask which contains both chemical and physical exfoliants. Leave on for 3-6 minutes max and remove, rinsing thoroughly.
Sensitive skin types can create their own exfoliating mask by blending two pumps of Ocean Cleansing Milk with a pinch of Vitamin C Enzyme Polish. Swirl into a paste and massage onto face. Let sit for ten minutes before rinsing.
Mask Away Impurities
After you’ve removed your exfoliating treatment, you’re ready to decongest with a purifying clay mask. We love clay-based Red Algae Mask. Clay dives deep into the skin’s surface to draw out dirt and debris. If you have oily or blemish-prone skin, you’ll want to apply your mask all over. If you have combination skin, or just want to keep mixing and matching, apply a clay mask only to your T-zone – your forehead, nose and chin! Let sit for 10-20 minutes.
Brighten Up & Hydrate
Your skin is polished, your pores purified and now it’s time for a layer of brightening hydration. Reach for a mask with humectants in it like Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration as well as natural brightening agents. Our choice: White Algae Mask, perfect for all skin types. While Red Algae Mask does its thing, apply White Algae Mask to thirsty areas of skin, like your cheeks and forehead for a burst of hydrating glow.
After 10-20 minutes, remove your two remaining masks with warm water. Pat dry with a soft cloth and follow with your favorite mist, serum and moisturizer. Your skin should be dewy and fresh feeling, and now you might just have a valid excuse to keep two, three or (gasp!) even four masks in your weekly rotation.
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