#multimasking is the beauty buzzword for this year?
– yes, this is it!
Not BB, CC or anything else – it’s ‘Multimasking’!
So, what is it?
As the name suggests, #multimasking is the use of more than one mask at the same time. This is not a new phenomenon for us experienced beauty therapists, but it is for the average person.
‘Multimasking’ is a masking technique that treats the variety of skin types and their conditions or moods that be found on an individual face; your face.
In the salon we can mix up our own masks, using clay-based setting masks, but adding a variety of active ingredients, from flower waters and oils to liquidised fruits and vegetables, but we can also use serums and concentrates, such as hyaluronic acid or arginine peptide; plus we also have a large range of pre-mixed products manufactured by our favourite skin care suppliers, too. This gives a skin therapist or technician a large palate of possible mask combinations.
As that advert from a well-known butter brand says “You can go free style”,
and you can with masks!
The first stage of your new adventure is to know your skin, but remember your skin will change throughout each year – so, have a consultation with an accurate skin analysis or face mapping. This is a technique that all experienced skin care therapists or technicians can perform for you.
They may just carry out visual inspection of your skin under a magnifying lamp or through special goggles; or they may be a little more technical by using a black UV magnifying lamp, a moisture content analyser or very advanced using a Skin Scanner, which gives you all of the above, but also gives the depth of your wrinkles!!!
Frightening, eh? But if you are having a series of professional salon treatments for a particular skin condition or mood, the skin scanner analysis is carried out regularly to monitor your skin’s progress and the treatment’s success.
Now, aimed with this information you can make your selection of multimasking products. But this is where it can get complicated!
The beauty counters in your local store or online can be bewildering, as they will be stacked high with row upon row of products, but let’s just look at the skin type/condition with key words to look out for.
Normal or Anti-ageing may just require ‘brightening’ – which may be just neck or cheeks, these masks may contain vitamins, proteins/peptides, have a clay-base for a tightening effect or exfoliating acids to induce cell renewal;
Dry areas require moisturising – cream or oil-based that provides emollient but hydrates without clogging the pores, can contain vitamins, amniotic fluids, collagen or Hyaluronic acid;
Acne-prone or congested areas need detoxifying – the latest mask on the market is charcoal based, although clay or mud-based masks are still very popular, with some containing lactic or citric acids, as they deep cleanse and exfoliate the skin, removing dirt and impurities to prevent clogged pores, blackheads and spot formation;
Sensitive areas, such as under the eyes, require soothing – there is a variety available including products to eliminate redness, the most popular this season is the use of silver or the sheet mask, and these can be purchased for the whole face or just the eye area. They can be cut to fit; whn you are Multimasking you do not want the mask to cover the whole face, just the area that requires it.
Hopefully this gives you a bit of an insight into this popular treatment
– so, happy #multimasking !!!!!!
Mind you, we should also be considering #multiskincaring to match our #multimasking – will this be the next big buzzword, do you think?