See if you can figure out what’s going on here:
A patient of mine — we’ll call her Julie — came into my office to see our in-house aesthetician.
She wanted a facial, but wasn’t sure which one to choose.
So our aesthetician did something special for her. And when the facial was over, Julie’s skin looked better than ever.
When I asked her how it went, Julie said, “I felt like a clown. I’m hooked!”
What on EARTH was Julie talking about?
Well, thanks to a new trend called multi-masking — putting different masks on different parts of your face — looking “like a clown” can mean getting a fresh, glowing, youthful new look… that lasts for days!
Contrary to what you’ve probably been told, very few people have a perfectly consistent skin type.
Although many of us tend toward dry, oily, or sensitive, most of us actually fall somewhere into the “combination” category.
Oily types will still often have dry patches — and dry types might still have oil in their t-zone.
Add in signs of aging (often categorized as “mature skin”), acne, or sensitivity… and you can begin to see just how complicated skin type can be.
So if you’re using the same mask all over your face, your results are going to be inconsistent at best.
That’s what makes multi-masking such a brilliant solution: You can customize your mask for what each part of your face needs…
Instead of choosing a “one size fits all” option.
Here’s how to try it for yourself:
First of all, identify the various “areas” of your face. Where, specifically, are you seeing oil slicks, dry patches, breakouts, redness, lines, or discoloration? (It’s best to evaluate at the end of the day, before washing your face.)
Then, once you’ve figured out which areas have which problems, clean and dry your skin thoroughly, and follow this guide:
OILY OR ACNE-PRONE PATCHES
Use a clay- or charcoal-based mask that dries fully on skin. This will help soak up oil, including the stuff deep inside pores that regular cleansers won’t touch.
DIY Modifier: Don’t want to run out and buy a mask? If you have activated charcoal in your first aid kit or medicine cabinet, mix it with a little water, and you’ve got yourself a mask!
Use a very rich mask — even one that’s oil- or shea butter-based. These are too thick for oily patches, but will instantly hydrate flaky spots. For extra dry skin, apply the mask very heavily and “press” it into skin with firm pressure, to get the deepest hydrating effect.
DIY Modifier: No moisturizing mask in your tool kit? No problem. Try a little avocado or olive oil. (Just be careful to rinse thoroughly later on.)
DULL OR DISCOLORED
Have dark spots, age spots, or dull patches that just don’t glow the way you want? Use a Vitamin C mask on these areas to brighten and reduce dark spots.
DIY Modifier: A little diluted lemon juice on a cotton ball will do the job, if you’re not in the mood to run to the beauty supply store. This is one of those “old school” tricks that really works!
WRINKLED OR SAGGING AREAS
Use an anti-aging mask that’s high in peptides, collagen, or higher-tech ‘look younger’ ingredients. Many of my clients love this for the jawline and neck area, specifically. (If you’re focusing on your eye area, make sure the mask you choose is approved for that usage.)
DIY Modifier: Pretty much any of your anti-aging products can be used as a mask if applied heavily enough. Choose your favorite and apply it 3-4 times more heavily than usual to create an intensive treatment mask.
For areas that are red or ruddy — but not caused by acne — try a gel, aloe-based, or yogurt-based mask to help soothe and re-balance skin. However, if an area is itchy or painful, skip masking the area altogether while it heals.
DIY Modifier: Aloe vera gel or Greek yogurt can be cooling and soothing to red skin. For even more relief, try putting it in the fridge first. It feels incredible!
Once your multi-mask is on, the different-colored patches might make you look a little “clownish” — but that’s a good thing! It’s EXACTLY what Julie was talking about… and the results are incredible.
Now, one last thing before you get to “face-painting”…
Always be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly before you put on a mask — preferably using a cleanser with exfoliating properties, so the mask isn’t just sitting on top of dead skin.
If you’re not already using a cleanser like that, check out Beverly Hills MD Rose Stem Cell Cleanser — it’s gentle, deep-cleansing, contains potent anti-aging extracts, and uses natural AHAs to gently dissolve dead skin cells.
It’s great stuff — like having 4 high-end cleansers in one. Our clients love it, so I highly recommend checking it out!
And if you’ve already tried multi-masking, I’d love to hear about any results you’ve seen. Write in and let me know!
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