There is something common in every skin care regimen of the world; and that is weekly deep cleansing and rejuvenation the skin through various facial packs and masks. Previously we chose a suitable mask for our facial skin type and applied it to the entire face. But recently we have come out of that taboo and learnt to use various facial masks all in a single application. This cult favorite technique multimasking finds its origin to Korea, but increasing enthusiasm did not take much time to make it a global business. Today we are dissecting the secrets behind the success of Multimasking. So, grab a candy and read on.
What is Multi Masking?
Multimasking often named as Cocktail masking is a problem specific technique of applying facial masks in which the face is divided into several similar texture zones and appropriate facial packs are applied in those zones for catering each and every skin concern in one go.
How Multimasking Works
The physiology of our facial skin is not same everywhere. Based on the similarity in texture we have divided our face into 5 zones; T-zone, under eye and cheekbone area, cheek area, chin area and neck area. The oils glands are concentrated on the T-zone making it the most oily area of the face. The next most oily area would be the chin. The under eye area have very delicate skin which is prone to wrinkles whereas the cheek and neck area have less oily and blemish prone skin.
In multimaking, we choose different face packs for different zones of the face. This way every part of the face gets something or other nutrifying material as per the current need which was not possible for ‘single face mask on entire face’ concept. For example, if one has oily skin with first signs of wrinkle in the cheeks then she can apply a purifying face mask for the oiliness problem at t-zone and moisturizing face pack for the wrinkle-prone areas. If she had to apply moisturizing face mask all over, it would cause excessive oiliness; whereas the purifying mask all over would aggravate wrinkles.
Steps to a Perfect Multimasking Routine
Multimasking shows best results when it is done in proper manner. Haphazard application of various facial packs often usher bad effects in the long run rather than good. An effective multimasking routine involves 3 steps:
- Deciding your skin type (Oily/Combination/Normal/Dry)
- Choosing face masks for each region of the face using multimask maps for your skin type
- Applying masks accordingly and removing after pre-selected time interval
Multimask Maps for Different Skin Types
The key to a successful multimasking session is the application of appropriate product into its needful place on the face. Multimask maps describe the manner in which multimasking should be done. A multimask map is not necessarily same for everyone because needs of each skin type are not same. Since there are 4 basic skin types, multimasking maps are of 4 kinds.
Multimasking Map for Oily Skin
The people with oily skin often have excess oil secretion throughout their face. The T-zone and the chin area being the most oily area become the best site for pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Plus the tendency of acne makes it hard to exfoliate. So, for oily skin it is best to apply exfoliating mud mask with Fuller’s Earth or Mineral Clay to the T-zone and chin. Purifying clay masks with natural anti-bacterial like Neem, Turmeric, Lemon, Tea tree oil or Eucalyptus works wonders for the rest of the face.
Multimasking Map for Combination Skin
Combination skin type is a mixture of oily, normal and dry skin; it is very difficult to come up with only one product that fits into the requirements of the entire face. That is why this skin type is sure to get the best out of multimasking. For the T-zone and chin one should use purifying mud masks with anti bacterial like Neem, Lemongrass or Rosemary to unclog the pores. If the skin type is oily-combination, the cheek area needs purifying masks or detoxifying charcoal masks and for the neck area hydrating Seaweed or Aloe masks will proved to be worthy. For dry-combination skin however, cream based masks with Honey or calming masks with Cucumber or Kelp is preferred.
Multimasking Map for Normal Skin
The people blessed with normal skin have mostly problem-free skin with no excessive oiliness or dryness. However this kind of skin must also be taken care of, otherwise problems of dullness, wrinkles or blemishes may ruin its actual clarity. To maintain the skin and bring radiance to normal skin, one should use detoxifying Charcoal mask on the T-zone to get rid of impurities and dead cells. The under eye and cheekbone area needs hydration all time; for this area a soothing moisture mask with Waterlily, Aloe vera or Seaweed is a good option. For the cheek and neck area a radiance inducing metal infused mask (Gold for young skin, Pearl for tanned skin and Platinum for aged skin) will show good results.
Multimasking Map for Dry Skin
Dry skin experiences stretchy and dehydrated skin in each of the facial zone. Even the T-zone is not an exception. This skin condition makes it vulnerable to various environmental damages and premature ageing. The T-zone of dry skin is a place where the layer of dead cells is thickest. To remove the dry skin gently a moisturizing peeling mask or gel based purifying mask works good. For the under eye area one should trust on oil based masks containing Almonds, Shea butter or Sunflower. Hydrating masks with Royal jelly, Honey, Seaweed, Ginseng, Lotus, Lily or Orange are good options for cheek and neck area to supple up the skin and reduce blemishes and other signs of ageing.
Hope you get an idea why the world is going crazy behind the multimasking trend. Let me know if you have tried multimasking. What are your favorite multimasking masks?
Post Author : Sreeparna