For years, doing an at-home facial always meant flooding dry skin with moisture or sucking out every drop of oil. These two simple choices made it easy for anyone perusing the beauty aisle to pick the best product for their skin—all they had to ask was: is my skin dry or oily?
Now, walking down the beauty aisle or scrolling through a wellness site can be incredibly overwhelming due to a variety of new facial mask options. There are so many new formulas—from deep-cleansing to redness reduction—that it can be difficult to find the right one for you.
Here’s a little a secret, though— one mask doesn’t have to do it all.
Just like a professional facial done by an esthetician, you have to use different products to address different skin issues in order to get the best results. Your skin is going to be inconsistent because it constantly changes based on the environment and your lifestyle choices. For example, some weeks may be more stressful due to work, causing a breakout on your chin, but it’s also cold outside so your cheeks are dry and flaky. One mask can’t fix both of these issues, so using multiple face masks can combat all of your complexion issues.
So, throw out that “one and done” idea of at-home facials and try a series of masks in your beauty routine. To help get started, we’ve broken down three of our favorite mask combinations below:
Your t-zone—which consists of your forehead, nose, and chin—tends to be the oiliest part of your face. Purifying clay masks are always the best formula for the t-zone due to its powerful absorbing ingredients, which sucks up impurities and excess oil, leaving your skin feeling fresh. Our YOUTH Purifying Clay Mask has a triple blend of mineral-rich clays, superfine charcoal powder, and volcanic ash that absorbs toxins in the skin, minimizing the appearance of pores, without over-drying.
While your t-zone is being purified by our clay mask, we recommend using a hydrating gel mask on your cheeks. Cheeks tend to dry out due to severe weather conditions—hot or cold—which leads to discolorations, fine lines, or flaky skin. Our YOUTH hydrating gel mask is packed with hyaluronic acid—the ultimate hydrator—as well as natural nutrients that will quench even the driest of cheeks.
Pesky pimples seem to pop up at the worst times—a wedding, long-awaited vacation, or just before that big job presentation. At these times, we think—weren’t breakouts supposed to fade away after my teenage years?
Sadly, no. Women between the ages of 20 and 40 who are experiencing skin imperfections are likely suffering from hormonal breakouts. This type of breakout occurs when hormone levels fluctuate due to where you are in your menstrual cycle or what your stress level is at. Hormonal breakouts is usually caused by increased oil production across your chin and jawline, which in turn causes those annoying bumps.
To help combat the extra oil production in that area, we recommend using a purifying clay mask. The best time to use our YOUTH purifying clay mask is leading up to the week of your menstrual cycle so that it can absorb the oil before the breakouts even happen. The rest of your skin should stay hydrated so that it doesn’t over-produce oil, so using a hydrating gel mask will keep your skin healthy and balanced—even during the most stressful weeks!
Anti Aging and Spot treatment
Aging is inevitable and unfortunately, as we get older, so does our skin.
As discussed, hormonal breakouts can happen to anyone over the age of 20 to mid 40s. It can even happen to women going through post-menopausal changes. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about with wrinkles—a few spots have to sneak in there, too!
So, what do you do? It is possible to treat both occasional breakouts, wrinkles, and other aging signs all at the same time with multi-masking. After using a gentle cleanser—not a harsh chemical cleanser, which just dries out your skin even more and causes increased sebum production, and thus, more breakouts—then you should apply a hydrating gel mask to your face, avoiding any problem spots. The gel mask provides your skin with the ultimate hydration, helping diminish the appearance of dullness and dry lines (caused by dryness) that can make us look older than we really are.
For those problem spots you left bare, putting small amounts of a purifying clay mask on those areas will help absorb any gunk or oil that is deep in your skin without over drying.
These are just a few of our favorite multi-masking combos, but the possibilities are endless, so take the time to get to know your skin and experiment to find the best treatment for you.