This beauty trend will have your face looking like a paint-by-numbers. Here's why you should try it anyway.
Masking is not the newest beauty trend, but it's one that's here to stay. Adding an extra dose of skin-care to your routine, masking can help with hydration, exfoliation, radiance and acne to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape. We asked Mara Vezeau, Vichy integrated communications and medical relations leader, to help us up the ante on our skin-care game by digging in to multi-masking—a way to get the most out of the masking experience.
What is multi-masking? Multi-masking is when you apply more than one mask of different areas of your face. “Multi-masking is the best way to answer all of your skin-care concerns at the same time,” says Vezeau. Just like contouring (and the even sillier clown contouring), multi-masking is makes you look slightly ridiculous before and totally radiant after.
Take stock of what your skin needs to determine what masks to are right for you. Most people have oilier t-zones (the forehead, nose and chin), but need hydration around the eyes and cheeks. Pick masks with clay and charcoal for oily or congested skin, usually found in the t-zone area. For areas lacking radiance, try masks that also have gentle exfoliating properties—think alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) or citrus. For dehydrated or dry skin, pick masks that pack a heavy moisture punch with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, argan and jojoba oil, and honey.
Vezeau recommends to “make sure that you use masks that require the same amount of setting time on the face and to opt for masks that require the same removal methods.”
If you experience the same skin issues everywhere on your face (instead of having specific issues in certain areas), multi-masking might not be the beauty trend for you. But if you notice dry patches, tightness, congestion, breakouts or signs of aging only in particular parts of your face, it’s time to give multi-masking a try.
Here are our targeted mask picks so you can get multi-masking.
Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask, $34, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Biotherm Aquasource Non Stop Emergency Hydration Mask, $39, Sephora.com.
Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask, $64, Sephora.com.
Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask, $34, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Kiehl’s Tumeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Masque, $20, thebay.com.
Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask, $55, Sephora.com.
Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask, $34, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask, $28, thebay.com.
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, $42, Sephora.com.
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With a zap here and a zap there, these non-invasive treatments can turn back the clock.
We will all get older; it's a fact of life. But do we all need to look older? The answer is no. Now, more than ever, laser treatments are available that are painless (or only mildly painful), require little downtime and look natural, so no one ever need know you had "work" done.
Fine lines, redness, brown spots, broken capillaries and acne scars: It's possible to combat them all! There are dozens of different treatments, from chemical peels to lasers, and here's what they're generally most useful for.
Chemical peels: An application of lactic or glycolic acid exfoliates the skin and stimulates new collagen and elastin production for a softer, smoother appearance.
Micro-needling: Tiny needles rolled over your face injure the skin to encourage the proliferation of new cells and increase blood flow, resulting in healthier-looking skin.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): A handheld device pressed onto the face at various points uses heat and light to destroy the pigment that causes dark spots and acne scars. It can also minimize diffuse redness. IPL requires a clear differentiation between skin colour and brown spots, so it is not recommended for tanned or dark skin tones.
Fraxel: Fraxel is just one of many lasers on the market. It penetrates the skin to stimulate collagen and resurfaces the top layer to minimize fine lines and sun damage. It can also target pre-cancerous cells, making your skin much healthier.
Pain and downtime: You'll experience minimal pain from these treatments, but some do come with side effects. Peels and Fraxel may cause light flaking and redness for up to a week; IPL will cause brown spots that will darken for up to a week; and micro-needling can result in redness or swelling for a couple of days after treatment.
Cost: $120 to $500 for a chemical peel; $250 to $400 for IPL with two or three treatments required one month apart; $500 for microneedling with four to six treatments done every other week; $1,000 for Fraxel treatment with two or three treatments needed two to three weeks apart.
To learn more about laser treatments, read our guide to facial lasers.