Here’s the deal: No matter how much you may think your skin type falls into just one category (i.e. dry, oily, etc.), inevitably, your skin varies slightly from area to area of your face. It’s often due to simple anatomy—there are more sebaceous glands on your T-Zone, the eye area is the thinnest and tends to get dryer, the list goes on and on.
No matter how much you may think your skin type falls into just one category, inevitably it varies from area to area of your face.
We are all about the benefits of a great mask (whether store bought or a DIY version), but multi-masking allows you to take it to the next level by creating a custom treatment, tailor-made to your specific skin needs. By addressing the different areas on your face with different products, you’re targeting each and every concern and, in turn, will end up with a more glowing, gorgeous complexion. And who doesn’t want that?
First, it’s important to consider the types of masks you’re using. As a rule, cream or gel based masks are easier to use in the sense that you can apply the exact amount needed, wherever it’s needed. Sheet masks are great and are currently having a major moment but require you to get a little arts and crafts-y to cut out the bites and pieces you need, since most are made to fit your entire face. Eye masks, often made specifically to fit just around the eye area, are a good option, too.
Next, consider which formulas you want to mix and match. With so many options out there, the combinations are truly endless. If the sheer amount of possibilities is overwhelming, try one of these three classic combos:
Purifying + Hydrating
Apply a detoxifying mask (pick a charcoal or clay-based option) along your T-zone and a hydrating version (hyaluronic acid and glycerin are good ingredients to look for) on your cheeks.
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay, $30
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, $26
Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, $46
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask, $16.99
Soothing + Nourishing
If your complexion tends to get flushed and irritated, use a formula with skin soothers (think chamomile, green tea, or aloe) on your cheeks, the area most prone to redness. Dab on a nourishing version full of antioxidants to keep skin looking fresh and healthy everywhere else.
The Anti-Aging Trifecta
Turn back the clock by applying an eye mask that plumps fine lines and wrinkles around your peepers and a brightening mask (choose one with enzymes or glycolic acid) on your forehead, cheeks, and chin, the spots that tend to look dull. Then, add a moisturizing lip mask to smooth any fine lines around your pout.
Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, $62
Klorane Smoothing & Relaxing Eye Patches with Cornflower, $24
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $55
Patchology FlashPatch Lip Gels, $50
Try this easy, 2-in-1 mask recipe: Mix together ½ cup yogurt, ½ cup mashed strawberries, and ¼ cup honey. The lactic acid in the yogurt gently exfoliates while the fat hydrates, strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid (a proven blemish buster), and the honey is anti-inflammatory.
Apply this everywhere except your T-zone, then add a tablespoon or so of almond powder to the remaining mix and apply along your forehead, nose, and chin. This amps up the exfoliating benefits, making it perfect for the more oily and blackhead prone spots.