I Tried Multi-Masking and I May Never Go Back to Using One Mask at a Time

What a brilliant way to customize your home skincare treatments!

Last weekend, I went with a small group of fellow choristers to a cabin in Prescott, Arizona, a two hour jaunt from the oppressively hot Phoenix desert. There, we did noble things, such as sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" around a piano, discuss the human capacity to sing a Super C, run a half-mile in the dark amidst a torrential downpour, and slather on gooey face masks while sipping wine.

You can bet your UD Naked palette I over-planned for the face-mask portion of the evening. Wanting to be completely prepared, I packed a healthy stash of about 10 different products into my overnight back. Tropical mango? Check. Vitamin C? Check. Bentonite clay? Like five different kinds.

Not everyone's skin has the same needs, you see, so you need variety in these sorts of situations. All this consideration for skin needs got me thinking about a newish trend, "multi-masking," where you consider the different needs of your own skin and then apply products accordingly.

The idea is that each area of your face requires something specific. For example:

  • On your T-zone, where oil accrues and pores can be larger, you may want to use an oil-sucking clay mask.
  • Contrarily, for the delicate skin under your eyes, you want a product that's ultra-hydrating.
  • If you have trouble spots (such as at the jaw line, chin or cheeks), a product that zaps zits is preferred.
  • Masks with vitamin C, beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are ideal for treating fine lines and age/sun spots.

You can take this concept further, as well, by extending the mask down your neck (hydrating, firming or anti-aging is ideal for this area). And hold up—I'm about to really blow your mind: You can double down on the multi-masking by applying different types of deep conditioners to your hair at the scalp, mid-shaft and ends.

My Customized Multi-Mask

Everyone's multi-mask is going to be a little different, naturally. Here are the products I used this time, and I'm sure I'll switch it up in the future depending on skin my needs at the time.

I'm wearing Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask ($33) on my cheeks and chin. It contains kaolin clay—a deep cleanser that's less drying that bentonite—and rosehip oil, which nourishes the skin and hydrates. It has a light and earthy scent and washes off easily.

For my under-eye area, I opted for Amala Jasmine Hydrating Yogurt Mask ($64). I know it's spendy, but a little goes a long way, and the silky formula is hnnnggg. It's super-duper-ultra-hydrating, which is necessary for the sensitive, prone-to-drying-out skin under and around your eyes.

The nose typically requires a little more "sucking" action, and so for that, I opted for this Detoxifying Charcoal Cleansing Mask by Kaeng Raeng ($25). The activated charcoal and bentonite do an excellent job of drawing out excess oil. This helps to minimizes the appearance of pores and smoothes the skin. The aloe vera and other essential oils help to keep your skin from drying out.

Not pictured: The Body Shop's Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask ($23), which I used on my forehead. It contains kaolin, heilmoor and bentonite clays and smells incredible.

Osmosis does some really good stuff when it comes to face masks. So good, in fact, that I used two during my multi-masking session. I slathered Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask on my lips (yep, my lips) and the outer corners of my eyes. This is a fatty-feeling mask that's ideal for sensitive skin needing a dose of moisture.

The other is their Hydralift Firming Gel Mask ($52), which I used on my neck. Why not?

After 10 to 15 minutes, I rinsed off all the products and then followed up with a serum to lock all the effects in. You can use your go-to post-cleansing moisturizer, be it an oil, cream or serum (or all of the above). I opted for True Nature Botanics Pacific Soothing Face Serum ($140), a new product by one of my long-time favorite brands.

  • Have you heard of multi-masking?
  • What's your favorite face mask and why?