A few weeks ago Dermalogica invited me and a few other LA influencers to their headquarters for a day in the Dermalogica classroom. I’ve been using their products for a little over a year now. While I am familiar with many of their products, I learned some new techniques for using some of them. Of all the beauty tips things I learned, however, the most fascinating is that there is more than one way to apply a face mask. If you’ve ever wondered how to apply face masks, the answer is four fold…
How to Apply Face Masks
1. The Old-Fashioned Technique
So, the obvious way to apply a face mask is to wash your face, apply the mask as directed and then wash it off after the suggested length of time. Pretty standard. Totally wonderful, but oh my can you do so much more!
I’m currently obsessed with this Tea Tree Mask from Arcona. I use it twice per week. It’s great for breakout-prone skin!
2. Layered Technique
So the second way isn’t too far off from the first and it’s a method I started doing just a week or so before this magical day of learning. After you apply a mask with the old-fashioned technique, you wash it off and apply a second mask. Not complicated but somehow I never thought of it until recently. I’d recommend doing a harsher mask first and then following it up with a moisturizing mask.
3. The Cocktail Technique
Let’s say you have two masks that do similar-ish things and you just can’t decide which one to use. Guess what. You can mix them together. Yeah. Genius, right? For the cocktail technique of how to apply a face mask, I’ve only tried it with a recovery masque that focuses on infusing life back into your skin and a super hydrating mask. I wouldn’t try something designed to remove impurities and something moisturizing. If you did this, your skin wouldn’t get all the benefits of each. Instead, you’d want to layer them or try the mosaic technique below…
4. The Mosaic Technique
I hope you’re sitting down for this one. This is the one that really blew me away. If you’re a normal human, then chances are high that different areas of your face need different things. For me, I need to prevent breakouts along my jawline. My cheeks need some breakout prevention but also something that helps with scarring. And then my forehead usually just soaks up hydration. With varying needs, there’s no mask that can really do everything. So you can apply a mask for each need to each part of your face.
When I do this , I only apply the intense mask to remove impurities to my jawline. I like to add a mask with lactic or hyaluronic acid to my cheeks. And then I do just a moisturizing mask on my forehead and nose. You’ll want to pay attention to lengths of time for each mask. I’ve found, however, that a few minutes over or under the recommended time is usually just fine!