Your Skin Type’s Guide to Multi-Masking

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Your Skin Type’s Guide to Multi-Masking

By Hanna Yowell

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Multi-masking is the Golden Rule of skincare: treat each area of skin how they want to be treated. This method both fast tracks your skin goals while making your products last longer—a win-win!

What Is Multi-Masking?

Multi-masking is applying multiple targeted masks to treat different skin types or conditions. The type of face mask you will use depends on what your skin is needing at that exact moment. For example, if you have an oily T-zone, you’ll apply an oil-absorbing mask over that region, whereas if you have hyperpigmentation on your cheeks, you’ll apply a brightening mask there.

The benefits are many, including: 

  1. You’ll use less product by not “wasting” a mask on areas that don’t particularly need those ingredients as much as others do.
  2. You’re able to keep masks on for the exact time instructed, so you don’t have to skimp on benefits. For example, an acne-fighting mask might be 30 minutes or less, versus one that plumps fine lines might be better left on as an overnight treatment.
  3. By strategically applying your masks, you reduce the risk of “over-treating” areas of your skin that might not need exfoliation or detoxification as much as others do.
  4. Not for nothing, the multicolored masks make for a superb selfie opportunity!


How to Multi-Mask

For Breakouts

Spot treat active breakouts or acne-prone skin with a detoxifying mask like Mukti Organics Deep Cleanse Antioxidant Masque. This purifying, yet hydrating clay mask treats blackheads and breakouts without drying out skin.

For Dry Patches

Restore depleted moisture levels with a hydrating mask like Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask. This thirst-quenching treatment fortifies the skin’s moisture barrier and instantly replenishes dehydration and dry skin.

For Sensitive Areas

Soothe inflamed areas and sensitive skin with a nourishing treatment like Pai Skincare Curtain Call, which glides on smooth like butter to feed the skin essential nutrients like omegas and antioxidants.

For Oily Regions

Balance out especially oily skin with an oil-absorbing mask like the Naturopathica Watercress & Spirulina Detox Mask, which uses smart ingredients like volcanic ash powder to unclog pores and nourish depleted skin.

For Combination Skin

If you have multiple skin goals in one region, turn to a multi-tasking mask like the Golde Clean Greens Face Mask, which uses just four delicious ingredients to brighten and detoxify skin while increasing collagen synthesis. 

For Hyperpigmentation

This condition in particular deserves undivided attention, as treating hyperpigmentation can be a months-long-process, so a powerful transformative treatment like the Maya Chia The Refresh Mint Resurfacing Moisture Mask will be your best friend. This mask uses a powerful blend of AHAs and BHAs, like lactic acid and azelaic acid, plus hydrators to resurface, brighten, and moisturize the skin.

For Fine Lines

Perhaps more than another condition, fine lines will benefit from an overnight treatment so that skin has plenty of time to soak in all the potent ingredients. The Osea Malibu White Algae Mask is meant to do just that; leave this different kind of sleep mask on overnight to let peptides firm and plump skin texture while you catch some zzz’s. 

For Rough Texture

Instantly restore radiance and kickstart your cell turnover with a gently exfoliating treatment like the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. In just about 20 minutes, skin appears and feels refreshed, revitalized, and refined. 

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