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Multi-masking, which addresses different needs on different parts of the face, saves time

Oily and dry areas of the face require different masks. FOR DRY SKIN Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, $62, from Kiehl's This soothing and refreshing gel-type mask contains hand-picked Calendula flower petals and cooling aloe vera which the
Oily and dry areas of the face require different masks. PHOTOS: CAUDALIE, ETUDE HOUSE, INNISFREE, KIEHL’S, THE BODY SHOP

Multi-masking to address different needs on different parts of the face saves time

How does one multi-mask?

Different areas of the face have different skincare needs, so using just one face mask is usually never enough to address these concerns.

The T-zone could be oily, while the U-zone (the area around the cheeks and jawline) is dry. The nose and chin area could have larger pores which need tightening and the area under the eyes could need a gentler solution that helps to brighten the skin.

But putting on separate masks that target each problem at one time and having to wash off after each application is time-consuming and troublesome.

So why not put on a few masks at once?

Ms Zunaida Parvin, 36, training manager at The Body Shop Singapore, says: "Multi-masking is a solution to address several skin concerns at once, as different areas of the face have different needs."

She gives some tips on how to use multiple facial masks effectively:

PREP THE SKIN

Before applying the masks, it is important to thoroughly remove all make-up and cleanse the skin of dirt and impurities. This ensures that the skin gets the maximum benefits from the masks.

KNOW YOUR MASKS

It is important to know the effects of each mask before using it. Don't forget to read each formula's instructions and map out a plan. Longer duration masks should be applied first and shorter ones later.

CUSTOMISE EACH TREATMENT

Selecting appropriate masks depends very much on the concerns you have for each part of the face. For oily areas, usually the T-zone, select a clay or charcoal one that can help remove oil without drying the skin.

For dry areas, usually the cheeks and lip area, choose hydrating products with moisturising properties.

There are also masks that can be used on targeted areas where you have dark spots, fine lines or skin that is prone to acne.

Don't be afraid to mix and match.

REMEMBER TO MOISTURISE

After using the masks, rinse them off thoroughly with warm water and finish with a light layer of lotion or moisturiser. This will help to seal in the benefits of the masks.


Here are some products to try

FOR DRY SKIN

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, $62, from Kiehl’s

This soothing and refreshing gel-type mask contains hand-picked Calendula flower petals and cooling aloe vera which the label says helps hydrate skin.

FOR UNEVEN SKIN

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, $32.90, from The Body Shop

This creamy exfoliating mask helps even out the skin tone and keeps skin supple and moisturised.

FOR DULL SKIN

Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask, $13, from Innisfree

The gel-like clay mask has vitamin C, which the label says helps brighten the skin and controls sebum production.

FOR THE EYE AREA

Collagen Eye Patch, $1.90, from Etude House

The eye mask targets dark circles and the sensitive skin under the eyes.

FOR OILY SKIN

Purifying Mask, $43, from Caudalie, from Sephora

The face mask is made of two types of clay that soak up impurities and help tighten pores.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'Mix and match masks'. Print Edition | Subscribe