Sunday, January 10, 2016

The multi-masking trend - YAY or NAY?

[As published on HERE]

Recently, the internet was abuzz with a beauty trend called multi-masking. This is especially apparent on Instagram, where the hashtag #multimasking will show you thousands of results, from multi-masking selfies to professional tips to product recommendations.

Wait – what’s multi-masking?
The ‘art’ of multi-masking is to apply different face masks on different parts of the skin, in order to target that specific area’s concern. For example, the T-zone is more prone to shine, blackheads and open pores, so a deep-cleansing clay ask is used. However, skin is often drier around the cheeks, so instead of using the same mask on the entire face, you use a nourishing cream mask to deliver moisture.

Which areas of the face need attention?
T-zone + chin
Often prone to acne, pores and excess sebum, best controlled with a clay-type mask that acts like a vacuum cleaner to ‘suck’ out all the impurities.
Try: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
This humble cheap ingredient is great for shrinking pores! ORIGINS

Undereye area
Dullness, puffiness, dark circles – a gel type mask with added cooling and de-puffing properties is great for diminishing swollen eyes.
Try: Sisley Paris Eye Contour Mask

Cheeks + sides of forehead
Dehydrated skin is often dull, and lacks radiance. Gel or cream masks that intensely drench skin in moisture work best to wake up your complexion.
Try: Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask, available at Sephora

Women often forget the importance of caring for their necks. A powerful lifting, anti-ageing cream mask can help skin regain its elasticity and tone.
Try: L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream Mask, RM469

Make the most out of your multi-masking session!
Trick #1: Use a similar texture throughout.
If you’re using a peel-off mask, then do it for the whole face, with different types of peel-off masks. Cream and gel masks that don’t dry hard can be used together. That way, you won’t have to worry about removing one part of the mask first – everything can be rinsed or peeled off at the same time.

Trick #2: Go one step further with eye masks and blackhead strips.
Blackhead strips need to be applied first, but they can be removed once dry, and you can immediately follow up with a T-zone clay mask (which dries faster compared with cream or gel masks). If you don’t have any sheet eye masks on hand, saturate two cotton pads in alcohol-free toner and place them over your eyes.

Does multi-masking really work?
If you’re looking at targeting different concerns like shine and dehydration at the same time, then yes. But for hydrating, brightening, whitening and anti-aging masks, you’ll usually want to get the same amount of benefits for the whole face. It depends on what you want to achieve with your masking session, really.

So if you have a pimple but you also have flaky cheeks, then multi-masking is the way to go. But you can always follow up with a mask that gives you an all-round effect the next day, or even right after rinsing off the first mask.

Masking is a trial-and-error process; there’s no right or wrong but you have to know your own skin well enough to find out how much it can handle.

Happy multi-masking, girls!

(Images: and from respective brands’ websites)

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