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Want to up your face mask selfie? The latest skincare secret is one face mask just isn’t enough! Here’s exactly how to face the new Multi-Masking skin strategy – and why it works…
Back in the day, face masks were the staple beauty treatment at every sleepover – but getting older doesn't mean the fun has to end. And why stop at just one mask when you can apply five? Multi-Masking may have been around for a few years now, but in the age of Instagram, this beauty trend has resurfaced and gone viral.
It’s no wonder this beauty trend has become an online phenomenon – as the name suggests, Multi-Masking combines several different masks at once to target specific areas on the face – why has no one thought of this before? It’s genius.
Nobody's face is the same all over so it’s common to have combination skin and a mixture of different skin issues. Naturally, it seems sensible to treat each area separate, assessing your current skin conditions and artfully applying different masks accordingly.
This isn’t just about creating a pretty collage on your face or another Insta-scam to get more followers – it’s the new and more effective way to sort out your skin. You treat an oily T-zone with one mask while simultaneously using a hydrating option for dry areas and more delicate treatments for the sensitive under eye area.
For the forehead, nose and chin (T-Zone) the best masks would be mattifying and pore-clearing. Clay and charcoal masks are best to remove blackheads as they draw out impurities – the charcoal acts as a magnet to deep-dwelling pore-cloggers. Certain mattifying masks (especially clay masks that draw impurities out of the skin) can be drying, so less is more when it comes to application.
Try: 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask, £10.20, www.sanctuary.com
Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, £23, www.clinique.co.uk
A mask that intensely hydrates your skin is recommended for your cheeks so opt for a collagen-rich and creamy mask that will prevent premature ageing and inject a moisture boost back into your skin.
Try: Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, £23, www.origins.co.uk
Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask, £6.50, www.lush.co.uk
The skin around the eye area is far thinner than the rest of the face and should be treated gently, but don't ignore it – it can also often be the most dehydrated. So you’ll need a tightening moisturising mask. Patch masks are specifically designed to target the under-eye area and combat everything from fine lines (check) to dry dark patches (check) and puffiness (yep, check again).
Try: Dragon's Blood Eye Masks, £39, www.rodial.co.uk
Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, £46, www.elemis.com
Because one mask doesn’t fit all, multi-mask away!