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If you're like most face mask users, you've probably been applying a single sheet, cream, or clay mask on your face one at the time. But we're here to tell you there's a better way to give your skin the love it needs.
Multi-masking may just be the answer to your perfect skin prayers.
Never heard of it? It's OK, we hadn't either. So, we asked experts.
"Multi-masking is using different masks at the same time on different parts of your face. For example, using an oil-absorbing mask for the t-zone at the same time as a moisturizing mask for dry areas and a brightening mask on dull areas," Jeannette Graf, M.D., beauty expert and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City told us.
It can also refer to putting one mask on first and then following up with a second after.
Different parts of your face can have different issues, so applying various types of masks makes perfect sense. Maybe you have large pores you want to minimize that are only found on your nose. Or, you have oily skin just on your forehead but the rest of your skin is dry.
"Really anyone is a great candidate. It's rare that you see uniformity on one person's face," Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection told us. "Usually a person can see that some areas are oily and some are dry or red."
"You would then address each zone with a different mask that addresses that particular concern."
To figure out what your specific problem areas are, you might want to spend some time looking in the mirror or visit your dermatologist.
Dr. Graf suggests using "moisturizing [masks] for chronically dry skin, mud for pore tightening, and algae for brightening." She recommends multi-masking once or twice a week.
Looking to keep a bunch of different masks on hand? "I would keep a hydrating mask, a stem cell mask and a soothing mask on hand at all times," Vargas said. "I would also keep around a mask good for helping to heal breakouts if you breakout some times."
These masks are totally affordable and can found at your local drugstore.
Not only will multi-masking address a myriad of skin problems, but it also looks way more fun.