Get better results from your at-home mask with our tips
No longer the domain of high-end spas, masks are a quick-fix step that deliver better skin in minutes. And it’s easier than ever to customize one at home. To help you find a mask match made in heaven, we’ve got all the hows and whens covered. Get ready to file masks under “totally doable.”
Here’s how to make your mask work harder so that you get the result you want – beautiful skin.
For mask virgins
Want to start with baby steps? “If someone is new to masks, I would start with an exfoliating mask,” says Andrea Scott, chief culture officer and CEO for Skoah. “Even if they do nothing else, removing dead layers will make your skin perform and function better.”
Skoah AHA Mask, $38 at skoah.com.
Play the match game
Your skin type and skin goals can guide you to find a product with the right ingredients. But, unlike the traditional approach of using one mask all over your face, the modern way to treat concerns is to apply different types of masks on different areas, called multi-masking.
“I see a lot of combination skin, so multi-masking is really soaring,” says Charmaine Cooper, education manager for Dermalogica. “Plus, I’d never corner someone into one type of mask forever and ever. Skin is always changing.”
She suggests clay or charcoal if you want to address an oily T-zone or spot-treat blemishes. Zero in on hyaluronic acid, lactic acid or shea butter to tackle any dry areas, such as cheeks.
For an anti-aging boost and to minimize age spots on your neck and chest, Cooper finds that a mask rich in multiple vitamins and antioxidants works best.
“The neck is part of the face, and it’s often neglected and where we show sun damage because we forget about it,” says Scott, who also likes to mask the tops of her hands. “It’s the same situation as the neck: The skin is delicate and thin there and shows age more readily.”
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, $43 at dermalogica.com.