The INSIDER Summary:
- One of the latest beauty trends to go viral on Instagram is “multimasking.”
- It includes wearing at least two different face masks at a time to treat various skin concerns.
- Although it looked kind of cool, I didn’t experience any substantial results.
I rarely say no to testing a new skin care trend.
So, when I came across an article about how people are wearing multiple face masks to simultaneously treat all of their skin issues in one sitting (aka “multimasking”), I just had to try it out myself.
Here’s what I used:
- Boscia’s Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment ($38) to get rid of excess oil.
- First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask ($24) to calm irritation.
- Fresh’s Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask ($62) to target discoloration.
- GLAMGLOW’s THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment ($69) to hydrate dry patches.
Here’s what happened:
Ultimately, after applying each mask and keeping them on for about 15-20 minutes, I realized multimasking is only a good idea in theory. It was super hard to execute since my current skin care concerns tend to overlap.
Some spots on my face are oilier than others, so I applied the Charcoal Pore Pudding on my forehead and chin to eliminate shine. My cheeks and nose are more complicated, feeling dry and irritated. I also have dark acne scars on my cheeks that I’m desperately trying to fade. So, I applied the remaining three masks closely together on my cheek and nose area in hopes that I’d experience some relief.
But I soon realized that I placed the THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment too close to the Instant Oatmeal Mask, and their creamy textures wound up mixing before enough drying time had passed. Consequently, I couldn’t really tell if they had worked properly after rinsing them off.
Honestly, I’m not convinced that wearing four masks made my skin feel better than it would with just one. I’d much rather stick with using Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask, a popular peel-off face mask that I’ve repurchased twice now in the past two years. While it doesn’t claim to help with dryness or irritation, it has helped with controlling oilness, dullness, and my uneven skin texture. It’s fun to remove, too!
Another reason why I won’t be multimasking again soon is that I experienced slight discomfort and even burning. This is probably because, again, I mixed the THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment and the Instant Oatmeal Mask. Playing around with two different brands that have different formulas often equals trouble and, in my case, a red, flushed face. As with all skin care products, I’d have to carefully continue applying the four masks in tandem for at least a month to notice any real improvement.
Overall, I’m happy to be going back to my normal routine of using a single mask when my skin’s in need of some TLC. It’s much easier, faster, and convenient.
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