I love trying out different face masks especially using ingredients from my kitchen. Fruits, fullers earth, honey and coconut oil are some of my favorite ingredients to experiment with. These experiments of mine bring a lot of giggles and smiles at home when Lil Z calls me different names when I have my face packs on. These range from monster to funny girl to joker to sweet candy. And apart from the wonderful results, these giggles are a full-on motivation for me to continue my experiments.

In the last couple of weeks, I came across the term multimasking a few of times. Multimasking is the technique of using several face masks to target each area of the face since each zone has different needs – whether it’s oil control, moisturizing or pore refining. The combination of masks is supposed to give the face a customizable pampering, depending on what type of skin you have. While I had been using selective masking (not sure of the correct terminology for this) where I would use a different mask for my T zone only and a different one for my cheeks, I didn’t think of using these different masks at the same time on different areas of the face – which is what mutlimasking is.

After hearing about this I decided to give it a go with few of my favorite ingredients. I made 3 different masks – one for my T zone which is prone to oily skin and clogging, one for the cheeks which is generally very dry and the third one for the under eyes coz I‘m a mom  – you know what I mean :)

Under eye mask

Ingredients – Cucumber and Aloe Vera

multimasking-cucumber

Cucumber is my favorite ingredient for the under eyes. It helps to hydrate the skin, eliminate puffiness and dark circles. Aloe Vera contains vitamins and antioxidants and helps prevent skin aging. It also moisturizes the skin, improves elasticity, soothes irritated skin and is very effective in reducing puffy eyes.

Take about ¼ to ½ a cucumber and blend it till it’s a liquid. Mix this with ½ tsp of Aloe Vera gel. You can use it directly from the plant or even the store-bought ones would do. Make this mask first and place it in the freezer till you prepare the other masks

You can also use any of these organics masks available below when in a hurry and have no time to DIY

 

T Zone mask –  mask for oily skin prone to clogging

Ingredients – Fullers earth, rose water, orange zest

multimasking-orange-zestFuller’s earth has the property to quickly absorb oil as well as impurities from the skin. It is also wonderful for exfoliation. Orange zest helps to remove blackheads, dead skin and brightens the skin.  I make orange zest powder at home and store it so it is easy to use in any mask. I also use it in recipes :) (Cut the peels into thin slices. Spread them on to a tray with enough surface area. Dry the skins under the sun for 3 4 days until they become hard and completely dry. The water should have evaporated and the peel must look dehydrated. Grind them into a fine powdery texture. Store in a jar and keep it for later use.)

Mix 1 tsp of fullers earth and ½ tsp of orange zest powder and a few spoons of rose water to make it of a paste consistency.

You can also use any of these organics masks available below when in a hurry and have no time to DIY

 

Cheeks mask – mask for dry skin

Ingredients: Strawberry, Fresh cream, honey, lime

multimasking-strawberryUsing the above ingredients follow the procedure here to make the pack for dry skin.  Strawberries have antioxidant and astringent properties which help in slowing down the aging process. Mixed with cream and honey they moisturize the skin. Lime helps to reduce blemishes. If your skin is super dry then replace the lime with glycerin.

You can also use this amazing hydrating mask from Fuschia

Tips to remember: While preparing any mask do not use metal bowls or spoons. Use glass bowls and wooden spoons or a brush. Do not expose the masks to direct sunlight.

Once all the masks are ready, first, start with the T zone mask followed by the one for your cheeks. Then lie down and dip a couple of cotton pads in the eye mask and place it over the eyes. Keep these masks on for 15 mins or till the mask for oily skin dries up. Wash with running water and meet your newly rejuvenated skin.

You can customize the areas to mask with each of these totally based on your skin type and need not go by the areas I have masked. Mix and match different masks to figure out the ones that suit your skin the most. Here are some more DIY you might like.

 

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About Author

I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented. In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

22 Comments

  1. Shreemayee Chattopadhyay on

    Very interesting and informative post. Will remember the next time when I’ll go for masking.

  2. Papri Ganguly on

    Very useful tips. I used use that orange zest mask from teenage, actually my mom prepared that in every winter and I just applied.

  3. This is very interesting I would say, how true as well all areas of our body/face has different needs too. Lovely post & thanks for sharing the online availability.

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