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What exactly is multi-masking?

Multi-masking is a lot like the name sounds. This type of masking requires the application of different kinds of face masks to different areas of your skin, depending on the specific needs of your skin in each area. Multi-masking is ideal for people who have combination skin (oily T-zone and dry cheeks), and is a great way to give your skin a customized facial in the comfort of your own home.

How to multi-mask

To multi-mask, you first need to figure out what your skin type is around different areas of your face. Your skin is considered oily in any areas that feel greasy to the touch or have a shiny appearance. Areas with dry skin lack shine and have a dull and textured appearance.

Once you know your skin types, select a mask for each different area of your skin. For example, if you have combination skin with an oily T-zone, select a clarifying mask for the oily/acne-prone regions, and a more hydrating mask for the drier areas like your cheeks. Read the directions for each mask and apply them sequentially to desired areas. Apply the mask that needs to be used the longest first, moving outwards from the center of your face. It’s best to finish the masks at the same time. If one mask needs to be on for 20 minutes and the other for only 10 minutes, then apply the first mask, wait 10 minutes, and apply the second mask. Rinse off, pat dry, and follow with a toner and moisturizer.

Clarifying masks for acne-prone or oily areas

Use a clarifying mask in areas where you have oily skin or often experience breakouts. Clarifying masks draw impurities out of your pores and absorb excess oil from the skin. Clarifying masks typically contain ingredients like clay, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or activated charcoal. Check out some of our favorite clarifying masks below:

  1. Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask - $48

This mask contains natural sources of BHA’s and AHA’s to penetrate pores and exfoliate the skin. It also contains Aloe vera and blue tansy oil to soothe and calm the skin.

    1. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish - $34

     This mask uses Bamboo Charcoal to deep clean the pores. Activated charcoal is highly absorbent and can draw out and traps toxins, and impurities from the skin.

    1. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque - $35

    This mask uses Amazonia White Clay to detoxify skin and purify pores.

    Hydrating masks for dry skin

    For dry skin areas, like the cheeks, and under the eyes, apply a hydrating and healing mask. Look for ingredients with hydrating and soothing properties like ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

    1. Paula’s Choice Hydrating Treatment Mask - $19

    This mask is formulated with plant oils, lipids, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and calm the skin.

    1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal mask - $24

    This mask is best for anyone with sensitive or damaged skin. It combines colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and sea buckthorn to hydrate, calm, soothe, and protect the skin.

    1. Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask - $48

    This mask is a celebrity favorite. It combines vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gentle exfoliants to hydrate your skin and give a radiant complexion.


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