How to Multi-Mask and Why It’ll Save Your Skin

The skin on our faces can be complicated

Benefits of multi-masking

The skin on our faces can be complicated. Our foreheads might be oily while our cheeks are bone dry. When addressing skin issues, it’s better to address the problems individually, which is why multi-masking is so awesome. Usually, you don’t need to apply only one mask on your entire face, but rather multiple masks in certain areas in order to target several skin problems. For example, you could apply a charcoal mask on your nose and forehead, a brightening mask on your cheeks, and a hydrating mask everywhere else.

Rarely is skin ever consistent all over, so multi-masking allows for personalized customization tailored to what suits you. In my case, my skin tends to get super oily in my t-zone, while my cheeks and chin are much more delicate and dry. It was literal hell trying to fix all these problems at once before I tried multi-masking. 

Where Do I Begin?

First, assess what your skin needs. Figure out what areas need the most attention and which issues are more important to you than others. Second, apply your masks of choice to the target areas. If your skin is sensitive, start out with only two masks. Add a third mask if your skin isn’t becoming irritated. Lastly, leave the masks on for as long as the packaging states and gently wipe off with a warm, wet washcloth. Pro-tip: It’s better to multi-mask at night in order to allow skin to recuperate, especially if you use harsher masks. Take a look at this tutorial if you’re a visual learner.

Which Masks Do You Recommend?

Obviously, start out with face masks you know work with your skin composition and are non-irritating to your skin type. However, if you’re looking for something new, here are four of my personal favorites.

Origins Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask

Multi-masking with Origins Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask


This Origins mask contains rose clay and willowherb for smoothing and brightening. In addition, the mask contains small jojoba beads for gentle yet powerful skin exfoliation. Recommended for all skin types, this mask will definitely leave dull areas feeling radiant and renewed. Origins Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask, Origins, $26


Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

Multi-masking with Glossier Moon Mask


Does your skin feel dry and chapped? Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask contains honey and aloe in order to soothe skin, while hyaluronic acid attracts moisture and plumps skin up. Perfect for sensitive skin, this mask is made without dyes, fragrances, parabens, and is dermatologist tested. Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, Glossier, $22.00


Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Multi-masking with Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque


Honestly, this mask has been a staple in my skincare routine since I was 14 years old. Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque is a no-nonsense green clay mask that is thick and applies evenly. I swear it sucks out all my excess oil and dries out whiteheads quicker than any spot treatment. After washing this mask off, I notice that my pores are visibly tighter and my skin feels very refreshed. Not to mention, it smells amazing. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Walgreens, $4.99


Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox

Multi-masking with Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox


This mask is another clay mask that really soaks into the skin and draws out impurities. When it starts to tingle a bit, you know it’s working. Formula 10.0.6’s Deep Down Detox contains orange and bergamot for a clearer, brighter complexion. I love using a light moisturizer after this mask, as it makes my skin super glowy and smooth! Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Mud Mask, Ulta, $6.99

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