Sometimes it’s perfectly clear what your skin needs. Feeling rough? You reach for an exfoliator. Dry and dehydrated? Enter the moisture mask. More often than not, though, your complexion would benefit from, well, a little bit of everything. The secret menu of skincare, multi-masking utilizes multiple facial treatments at once to target your skin’s unique issues, zone by zone. It’s effective, efficient, and — most importantly — easy to do. Here’s how.
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Stick with the P.M.
Nighttime is typically the best time to do any sort of treatment for a few reasons. For starters, many masks are a little (or a lot) exfoliating, which makes skin more sun-sensitive. In addition, masking leaves your skin perfectly primed to receive the most potent ingredients, which are ideally applied at night to sync with your skin’s overnight repair cycle (and reap maximum rewards). The most obvious reason to mask at night, though? “Simple. You have more time,” explains Tara Parenti, lead skincare therapist for True Botanicals. “There’s a willingness to invest in a few extra steps that you just wouldn’t fit in for the morning.”
Indeed, there’s a mask before the mask(s). “In order for the masks to be applied uniformly and have the most impact, you want your skin’s surface to be as even as possible,” says Parenti. She suggests prepping skin with an exfoliator like the Resurfacing Moisture Mask for 5 minutes. “If your skin is compromised in any way, with visible irritation or flaking” she notes, “just don’t apply the treatment in that area.”
Apply Zone by Zone
Imagining your face like a beautiful paint-by-numbers self-portrait, spread your masks in the section of your face that they’re most needed. Although everyone’s skin (and skin needs) are unique, generally speaking, your T-zone (nose, chin, and a bit of your forehead) is the oiliest and most prone to clogged pores, while your cheeks and upper forehead are the driest. If this sounds familiar, Parenti recommends doing “a detox mask, like the Pacific Glacial Clay Detoxifying Mask, on the T-zone to address excess oil and congestion, and something extra hydrating, like the Moisture Lock Overnight Mask, on the forehead and cheeks.” (While Moisture Lock is designed to be left on while you sleep, Parenti says it rehydrates in just 10 minutes.) Not sure which order to go in? “If I’m using more than one mask in a single application, I will apply the setting mask, like clay, first, because you leave them on the longest,” says Parenti. “Then I’ll apply anything that’s cream or gel-based.”
Complete Your Routine
Once you’ve removed each mask (follow the time on the directions), it’s time to seal in your handiwork with your evening skincare routine. “It’s important to replenish, repair, and protect the skin with healthy lipids after masking, especially at night,” says Parenti. With the combination of Pure Radiance Oil and the Repair Serum, you get a perfect blend of emollients, humectants, and occlusives that will soften, plump, and strengthen your skin — all while infusing it with powerful actives that will supercharge your nighttime repair work.