Say hello to sun-kissed summer skin
Summer signals mojito iced tea, pina colada and unfortunately the arrival of exhausted, sunburnt skin. And while slathering tonnes of sunscreen may help, the season demands extra care and protective measures.
Multi-masking has been the buzz word in skincare for the last few years, and while this may sound like another crazy, hyped-up trend popularized by the K-beauty crew, it is actually practical, efficient and useful. So why not give this a try to address your skincare concerns this summer?
Multi-masking or zone-masking is basically the idea of customizing your face mask and incorporating different masks for different parts of your face, instead of just one, considering your skincare needs and concerns. It’s a great way to address specific issues and attempt to fix them all at once.
• The biggest mistake people tend to make while multi-masking is that they don’t take their skin type into consideration.
• Incorporating sheet masks or overnight sleeping masks while multi-masking is a huge red flag. Multi-masking is essentially meant to be done with wash off masks; you may throw in some under-eye or lip patches into the mix to make things interesting.
• There’s no need to leave the masks on for so long that they’re about to crack. 20 minutes is all you need, before you rinse it off with lukewarm or room-temperature water, and proceed with your regular skincare regimen.
Start off by thoroughly cleaning your skin and applying a light toner on your face. An ideal time to multi-mask would be right before you get some shuteye. Aestheticians recommend multi-masking no more than three times a week.
T-zone: For T-zone that’s oily, a tea tree or clay mask works best. Recommendations: The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask.
Cheeks: If you’re addressing large pores, a pore-tightening clay mask, such as I’m From, Volcanic Mask or Etude House Wonder Pore Ultra Clay Pack, is ideal. If your skin is dry and flaky, we recommend an exfoliating mask – an all-time fave, Skinfood Black Sugar Mask or Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment. To treat sunburn, you need a hydrating mud mask or a soothing aloe vera gel mask that will not irritate the skin any further. Our recommendations: Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Masque, Skinfood Fresh Aloe Pack. Even a DIY aloe vera mask can work wonders.
Mouth and chin: Those suffering from dry and dark patches or discolouration around the mouth will benefit from using a vitamin C or an arbutin mask. A few good masks to address pigmentation or hyperpigmentation are Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Jelly Mask and Skinfood Freshmade Lemon Mask.
Eyes: To address dark circles and fine lines around the delicate eye area, Collagen Eye Patches from Etude House are great.
Lips: Incorporate lip patches to exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Recommendations: Holika Holika Golden Monkey Lip and Tony Moly Lip Patch.