Multi-masking is your solution to problem skin.
HOW DOES ONE MULTI-MASK?
Different areas of the face have different skincare needs, so using just one face mask is usually never enough to address these concerns.
The T-zone could be oily, while the U-zone (the area around the cheeks and jawline) is dry. The nose and chin area could have larger pores which need tightening and the area under the eyes could need a gentler solution that helps to brighten the skin.
But putting on separate masks that target each problem at one time and having to wash off after each application is time-consuming and troublesome.
So why not put on a few masks at once?
Ms Zunaida Parvin, 36, training manager at The Body Shop Singapore, says: “Multi-masking is a solution to address several skin concerns at once, as different areas of the face have different needs.”
She gives some tips on how to use multiple facial masks effectively:
PREP THE SKIN
Before applying the masks, it is important to thoroughly remove all make-up and cleanse the skin of dirt and impurities. This ensures that the skin gets the maximum benefits from the masks.
KNOW YOUR MASKS
It is important to know the effects of each mask before using it. Don’t forget to read each formula’s instructions and map out a plan. Longer duration masks should be applied first and shorter ones later.
CUSTOMISE EACH TREATMENT
Selecting appropriate masks depends very much on the concerns you have for each part of the face. For oily areas, usually the T-zone, select a clay or charcoal one that can help remove oil without drying the skin.
For dry areas, usually the cheeks and lip area, choose hydrating products with moisturising properties. There are also masks that can be used on targeted areas where you have dark spots, fine lines or skin that is prone to acne. Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
REMEMBER TO MOISTURISE
After using the masks, rinse them off thoroughly with warm water and finish with a light layer of lotion or moisturiser. This will help to seal in the benefits of the masks.
Here are some products to try:
FOR DRY SKIN
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque ($62)
This soothing and refreshing gel-type mask contains hand-picked Calendula flower petals and cooling aloe vera which the label says helps hydrate skin.
FOR UNEVEN SKIN
The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask ($32.90)
This creamy exfoliating mask helps even out the skin tone and keeps skin supple and moisturised.
FOR DULL SKIN
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask ($13)
The gel-like clay mask has vitamin C, which the label says helps brighten the skin and controls sebum production.
FOR THE EYE AREA
Etude House Collagen Eye Patch ($1.90)
The eye mask targets dark circles and the sensitive skin under the eyes.