Multi-masking (AKA the multi-tasking of skincare) explained. In the quest for healthy skin, you have to work smart, not hard says this journalist

Jasmine Wicks Stephens
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to skin care. Dry skin can very often mean the odd dry patch, whereas most oily complexions might actually only struggle with and oilier T-zone. Whatever the case, taking the time to analyse and understand your skin will benefit you more in the long run than delving into a ‘does-it-all’ product. Face masks are amazing at helping you tackle any concerns and give your skin a little pick-me-up every now and again, so why not maximise their potential by transforming them into targeted treatments? Keep reading for the how to’s of multi-masking.

How to multi-task your skincare routine

Multi-masking is, essentially, the simultaneous use of two or more face masks on different areas of the face according to your skin’s needs. This will allow you to give each part of your face the care it requires and ensure you don’t overwhelm or disturb your skin with ingredients it may not need. It goes without saying that you should only start applying your face masks on a cleansed complexion to ensure best results. But first off, you need to decode your skin…

Dry, oily and normal seem like pretty straightforward skin types that we’re all accustomed to. However, when you add in the hormonal fluctuations stirring things up, you’ll realise your complexion does not continuously stay the same throughout the month. On the fourth week of your cycle, for example, sebum production tends to increase, which can generate more oiliness. But fear not, you can introduce a face-mask-turned-targeted-treatment to calm things down – if your skin is normally on the drier, duller side for example, and you’re an avid user of Tired faace, try to shake things up by popping Period faace in your T-zone when oil starts to appear.

What's best for combination skin?

If you’ve got combination skin, you can easily turn multi-masking into an all-rounder within your skincare routine. Again, take some time to analyse the different areas of your face – flakiness calls for mild exfoliation, tightness signifies the need for hydration, whilst blemish-prone areas can do with some oil-regulating, anti-inflammatory ingredients (Period faace or Sweaty faace, depending on how oily your skin is, will do a great job). As a basic guide, if patches of your skin feel mildly uncomfortable, slather a moisturising mask on them. Any areas where your make-up tends to slip from you can tackle with an oil-controlling mask; duller, glow-lacking areas will benefit from anti-oxidant rich formulas – AKA Tired faace.

How many times a week should I do my skincare routine?

Now, it’s time to multi-mask away! Specialists recommend embracing this fun process once or twice a week, depending on your skin concerns (and, of course, the time you’ve got on your hands). As a rule of thumb, hydrating formulas can be left on for longer, whilst exfoliating masks require more thorough timing, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side – but always stick to the masks’ instructions. Make sure you wash off the masks and towel-dry your skin before applying the rest of your routine, especially if you want to follow up with more potent formulas.

Written by Maria Bita @imariabita

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