Multi-masking is an increasingly popular trend that involves using a variety of masks on the face at once. Each mask is designed to fit a particular area’s skin care needs, without the hassle of undergoing several masks one after another.
The concept makes sense – why use one mask when different areas of your face are in need of different treatments? Often times, it is not a one mask fits all solution, as the majority of people have some form of combination skin. For instance, if a client suffers from acne and oily skin on their forehead, dryness on their nose, and sensitivity or unwanted wrinkles near the eye area, a different mask would be necessary for each area. A mask with salicylic acid could be applied to the forehead, a moisturizing mask could be applied to the nose area, and a gentle or collagen-rich mask may be applied to the eye area. Instead of wasting product, time, and money, multi-masking allows the client to receive the specific treatment they need in one simple masking session.
Although this trend is appealing to clients, many dermatologists are offering a word of caution. There are several concerns when it comes to multi-masking:
- The more products you apply to your face, the higher the chance you will have a reaction. If a client is using several masks at once without knowing the ingredients, they are more susceptible to an allergic reaction.
- Mask times may not work well together. When using a facial mask, timing is important. One mask may need to be removed sooner than another, and this can be more difficult if a client has several masks on different areas of their face at the same time.
If you are a client interested in multi-masking, it is important to understand mask times, ingredients, and possible allergic reactions. If you are a skin care professional, be sure to remind your clients of these things and help them address their combination skin in the best way possible.