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Treat Yo’self: 7 Beauty Splurges To Make This Week

School yourself on the basics of multi-masking – it's like multi-tasking, for skin! – then add these tried-and-tested masks into your cart, ASAP.

Finding THE mask is like shopping for clothes. We don’t wear a one-size only hoping it would fit all sizes. In the same way, a particular mask may work for the next girl, but maybe not so well for you. In fact, a particular mask could work well for one part of your face but necessarily anywhere else. Eurgh. For the sake of clear skin, am I right? So high maintenance. While there isn’t any wrong in slathering on a mask all over the face – it is frankly quite therapeutic – not only is it just a tad boring, but you might just be wasting product or sending your skin into an overkill.

The latest trend to hit the ever-evolving masking industry is multi-masking. Simply put, it’s about using multiple masks at once to suit your own skin needs, according to what you think fits, and being strategic about the whole thing. The way to start is simple: grab a mirror and examine your face real close. Make observations – dry or oily, dark spots, blemishes, redness – and prescribe the remedy and just slather accordingly.

Ladies in the Slick Sisters Club, clay, charcoal or mud masks will help with the decongesting of pores and oil control. Areas that tend to oil up most easily are the T-zone, sides of your nose and chin area. Don’t leave it on for too long though, as you wouldn’t want to dry out your skin.

For parched and flaky areas, needless to say, hydration is key. Keep a lookout for products with ingredients such as hyaluronic and glycerin, though most masks have the moisturising part covered. It just depends on how intense you want the hydration to be. Don’t forget to lock the product down on your cheeks, jaws and neck, too. 

If you’re prone to break outs, or have that occasional zit when it’s that time of the month, or if you’ve been on one too many flights lately and your skin is pissed about it, you’ll want to soothe the inflammation and irritation over with ingredients like cucumber, chamomile, aloe vera or rose. Take a dip and apply where the irritation is or on full areas if needed.

If your skin is mostly well-behaved save from looking a little dull from late nights, go for things like Vitamin C, liquorice, algae or kojic acid as they even out skin pigments and illuminate the skin. Focus on where the light likes to hit – the same way you do with your favourite highlighter – at the forehead, cheeks and chin.

There’s really no hard and fast rule when it comes to masking, much less multi-masking. What’s important is that you listen to your skin’s needs and adjust accordingly. Once that is out of the way, pick your masks, paint them on, pick up a book and enjoy a little me-time while the masks do all the work. 

Caudalie Glycolic Peel

Before you start your multi-masking session, it’s ideal to go in with a peel first. The creamy formula is enriched with papaya enzymes to remove dead skin cells, glycerin for hydration and viniferine to minimise dark spots and pigmentations. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse it all off. Now, your skin is prepped to drink up! 

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

Detox and decongest your pores with Fresh’s Umrbian Clay Purifying Mask. The mineral-rich, paraben-free, sulfate-free clay is suitable for all skin types. Leave it on your T-zone, sides of your nose, chin for three to five minutes tops.

Allies of Skin Fresh State Brightening Cleanser + Masque 

The Allies of Skin Fresh State Brightening Cleanser + Masque isn’t just your average two-in-one product. The tube is packed with water-activated Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and Safflower oil to strengthen your skin’s barrier and remove impurities without stripping away moisture. 

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask 

For uneven or dull skin, brighten up with the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask. The crushed cranberry seeds gives a gentle exfoliation, while the turmeric brightens and illuminates your skin leaving it glowing like you’ve got the world’s greatest highlighter on – except it’s just your skin. 

PeterThomasRoth Cucumber Gel Mask

Calm any inflammation, raging pimples or even open pimple wounds (ouch) with the PeterThomasRoth’s Cucumber Gel Mask. (It’s my personal favourite!) The green tube is packed with botanical extracts of cucumber and papaya to aloe vera that nourishes and heals the skin. You can use it as a 15-minute mask or as an overnight moisturiser. 

MZ Skin Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask

Freshen those tired and puffy eyes with MZ Skin’s golden eye mask, packed with collagen, hyaluronic acid, seaweed and nano gold particles. These goodies are set to improve elasticity and minimise fine lines. Place these on your eyes while your other masks work on the rest of your skin.

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque

Aesop fans, where you at? Infused with chamomile bits and other pure botanicals, this clay mask absorbs excess oils and reduces redness. Apply on your forehead,  T-zone area (especially the nose!) and cheeks, or where your skin gets greasy the most.

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