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What Is Multi-Masking


What Is Multi-Masking and How To Try This Face Mask Technique

Multi-masking is a skincare technique that can help address several skin concerns. Here, learn what it means to multi-mask, and how to use multiple face masks.

Cliches are cliches for a reason. Take “two is better than one” or “the more the merrier,” for example. Not only do these statements apply to best friends, but at Kiehl’s, it’s how we think of face masks, too. Sure, you can use a single mask. However, we’re proponents of using multiple, a.k.a. trying the multi-masking trend. It’s an easy way to take your skincare and self-care routines to the next level.

If you’re currently wondering, “what is multi-masking?,” we’ll fill you in. The name alone tells you a lot, but there’s a bit more to it than slapping more than one mask onto your skin. Keep reading to learn what this trend entails and how to multi-mask with our favorite Kiehl’s face masks.

What Is Multi-Masking?

Multi-masking is the technique of applying different masks to specific areas of your skin. The idea behind multi-masking isn’t just that it looks cool to have your skin coated in an array of colorful masks—it actually serves a purpose. It allows you to address a multitude of skin concerns at the same time. For example, if you have a greasy T-zone but dry cheeks, you can use an oily skin mask on your nose, chin, and forehead and a hydrating one on the rest of your face. While you could use a lone face mask, it would be unlikely to address the specific needs your skin has in different spots. That’s a lot to ask of one product!

Should You Try Multi-Masking?

Good news: Anyone can multi-mask. All you have to do is pick face masks that suit your skin type and concerns (more on that next). While anyone can benefit, multi-masking can be particularly helpful for those with combination skin. If you find it’s hard to pick one mask that hits all the right notes for your skin, this technique is for you.

How To Use Multiple Face Masks

Now, on to how to multi-mask. Follow these three simple steps:

Step 1:

Pick Your Face Masks

Start by choosing two to four face masks that address your skin’s needs. Below, we have a helpful breakdown of the best Kiehl’s masks to use for each of your skin concerns.

Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask

For oily spots…try Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask, a formula with fairly-traded Amazonian white clay, bentonite clay, and aloe vera. It helps detoxify skin and reveal visibly minimized pores. It also cleanses, reduces oil, and refines your skin’s texture.

Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask

For dry spots…try Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask. Made with avocado fruit extract and avocado oil, it conditions skin with addictively creamy moisture and leaves it feeling softer and hydrated. The fragrance- and paraben-free mask also helps prevent water loss by sealing in moisture.

For stressed spots…try Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask, which bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling hydration upon application. It’s formulated with calendula and aloe vera and suitable for all skin types. The soothing mask hydrates and helps reduce visible signs of distress. Over time, skin is revitalized for a healthy look.

For dull spots…try Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask. This brightening face mask gives your skin an “instant facial” to help energize it and leave your face looking renewed and radiant. Formulated with crushed cranberry seeds, it also gently exfoliates for softer, smoother skin.

For spots with wrinkles…try Line-Minimizing Targeted Triangle Patch-Masks. These patch masks may not be what you think of when your thoughts drift to face masks, but they’re perfect for multi-masking. They come in sachets containing four small triangular patches, each of which can be placed on areas with facial lines (worry lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, etc.) to help improve their appearance. When applied, they deliver an efficacious formula with hyaluronic acid and hexapeptide to your skin. With time, they visibly smooth and plump the skin for a more youthful appearance.

Step 2:

Apply Your Masks

On clean skin, apply your masks to the different areas you’re looking to address. Use a generous, even layer of each. Let them sit for the allotted amount of time (usually between five and 10 minutes), then rinse off with lukewarm water. To use patch masks, press the moist side of each patch to your skin and leave them on for 30 minutes. When time is up, remove them and pat any remaining formula onto your skin.

Kiehl’s Expert Tip: In addition to using all of your masks simultaneously, you can also multi-mask by applying one mask after the other (the sequential method). With that said, we prefer the former technique. The reason being, it requires you to rinse and rub your skin less, which can be drying and irritating if done too much.

Step 3:

Complete Your Routine

Once your masks come off, your work isn’t quite complete. Finish the rest of your skincare routine as you would on any other day. This includes toning and applying serum and moisturizer. If you’ve indulged in a morning pampering session, make sure to follow with sunscreen.

How Often Should You Multi-Mask?

Multi-masking isn’t an everyday activity. Most face masks are formulated to deliver the best results when used around three times per week. If your masks fall into this category, you can use this masking method a few times each week. Alternatively, you can save it for special occasions or times when you’re in need of extra self-care. It’s one of our favorite ways to give ourselves DIY facials and have an at-home spa day.

Can You Exfoliate and Use a Face Mask On The Same Day?

We’ve covered using multiple face masks, but can you add exfoliating into the mix as well? Exfoliation requires being careful, as it can be overdone and aggravate your skin. But, done correctly, you can mask and exfoliate on the same day. One option is to use an exfoliating face mask, like our Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask. If you go this route, make sure to be gentle on your skin throughout the rest of your routine.

You can also lightly slough your skin with a daily exfoliating formula before applying a face mask. Last but not least, after multi-masking, you can use a liquid exfoliator (a toner with alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids) or a moisturizer formulated with a chemical exfoliant.

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