Multimasking soon became a hot trend on social media when selfies started popping up of people using different masks for different parts of their faces. While it isn’t an entirely new skin discovery, it has peaked my curiosity enough to consider the benefits.
When you think about it, multimasking makes sense! Your skin is divided into different zones with each one reacting differently to the environment, hormones and your skincare regime. You might, for instance, experience oil around your t-zone but dryness around your hair-line, or jaw. Perhaps you are prone to breakouts and blackheads along your nose and chin, but nowhere else. So, each zone should be treated differently because some products may cause the other zones to worsen.
You could, of course, apply one mask after the next but this can be time consuming, so multimasking helps save you time while treating your different needs. It’s important to remember that masking is a skincare treatment and whether you choose to multimask, or to just use one mask, you should limit the treatment to once or twice a week.
The fun part is choosing which masks you need and with your options being infinite, it can be tough to decide! A good place to start is considering what your skin needs right now; maybe your under eyes need depuffing, your forehead is dry, and your nose and chin are struggling with blackheads.
I was recently sent a press drop from Garnier, which encouraged me to get creative and multimask using their Pure Active 3-in-1 Clay Wash, Scrub, and Mask and their newest addition to the Skin Active range, the Pure Active Intensive 3-in-1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Wash, Scrub, and Mask.
Funnily, I had used the Pure Active 3-in-1 Clay for years as it helped combat my teenage breakouts and I especially loved the versatility of what is a very affordable product, so it didn’t come as a surprise when I read that it is South Africa’s number one selling spot product. Most recently, Garnier have gone ahead and extended their Skin Active range to include another 3-in-1 variant, this time it being charcoal which helps to combat blackheads and reminding me a lot of Young Solution’s Charcoal Mask available in sachets.
Having had received both, I chose to multimask by putting the new Pure Active Intensive along my nose and forehead where I am prone to blackheads and stubborn pimples. I also got a bit nostalgic and covered the rest of my face with the Pure Active Clay.
Both formulas can be used as a wash, scrub and mask and it’s up to you how you use it. The Pure Active Intensive 3-in-1 works to reduce the appearance of blackheads and stops them from reappearing. The product is formulated to instantly purify and cleanse the skin, removing dirt and impurities by unclogging pores with its exfoliating particles. The Pure Active Clay 3-in-1 contains zinc and helps fight the appearance of spot, pimples and excess sebum while also tightening pores and reducing shine. These products are targeted at oily and combination skin, and is especially budget-friendly.
Of course, as you know, I have dry, sensitive skin, so both products are not very suitable for regular use. However, I quite like using them in a combined multimasking session during hormonal breakouts. While the new Intensive 3-in-1 variant does ring somewhat similar to Young Solutions masking sachets, I also find it to be a good option if you like the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque but not so much the price.
I did find that after my masking session, my pores seemed tighter and the blackheads on my nose had a noticeable improvement. Would I use this method again? Most definitely, I love multimasking. Would I continue using the Garnier Skin Active range? Yes, but not very often, as the products are quite strong for my skin type, but nonetheless they provide a deep cleanse. I do, however, hope that with the introduction of their Intensive Active 3-in-1, that they’ll consider expanding and bringing their Pure Active Sensitive and Fruit Energy ranges to our shores sometime soon.
Have you tried multimasking? What were the results and would you continue doing so?