You know what happens when you’re trying to “reset your body clock” after an entire weekend out (in this case, an extra long four days): Tired skin that’s dull, oily, yet dehydrated at the same time.
When this happens, try multiple masking. That is, putting masks on different areas of your face to specifically treat the concerns of, for example, an oily T-zone, tight, dehydrated cheeks and a sagging jawline.
Here are three best combinations to try this week:
#1 DETOXIFYING & HYDRATING
Best for those with combination skin, use a detoxifying mask with ingredients like clay or charcoal to get rid of excess sebum and impurities on the T-zone. Use a second hydrating mask to target dry patches on the cheeks.
We love the Bliss Multi-‘face’-eted All-in-one Anti-aging Clay Mask, $85, available at Sephora stores, which has a slew of pore-unclogging and anti-ageing ingredients known to work, like kaolin clay and glycolic acid. Plus, it doesn’t dry up and crack like most clay masks do when you leave it on for too long.
For the cheeks (don’t forget your neck, too), June Jacobs’ Mandarin Moisture Masque, $97, available at Sephora stores, smells refreshingly herbal and instantly gets rid of skin tightness brought about by dehydration. The mask also boasts an antioxidative blend of white, red and green tea extracts along with other fruit extracts said to help fight environmental damage on the skin – perfect after a long weekend out under the sun!
#2 BRIGHTENING & LIFTING
This one’s a real treat, especially if you love scents.
Use Fresh’s Sugar Face Polish, $95, available at Fresh and Sephora stores, on the T-Zone, and even on the cheeks if you like, to slough off dead skin buildup. What we love about this mask is that you can control how abrasive you want the scrub to be by just adding water. As you massage this vitamin C-rich brown sugar scrub on the skin, it melts into a luxurious oil that soothes and brightens the skin. Leave this strawberry-smelling mask on for five minutes.
At the same time, apply the brand’s Instant Perfecting Black Tea Mask, $144, on the cheeks and the neck to help de-puff, hydrate and lift the skin. The whipped cream-textured mask is a joy to apply. The cucumber-smelling mask also feels cooling on the skin, even after 10 minutes. See why we say this combination is such a treat?
#3 DETOXIFYING, BRIGHTENING & LIFTING
For multiple masking experts and those looking for a luxurious 10-minute facial at home, try this combination to detoxify the T-zone, brighten the cheeks and lift the jaw and the neck area.
Start with a purifying mask like Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, $50, available at all Clinique counters, on the T-zone, while applying the Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Cheek Masks on the cheek contours.
Finally, finish with Clarins’ Shaping Facial Lift Wrap, $75, available at the Clarins store and all counters, on the lower third of the face and neck for a sculpted jawline and neck – a complete home-spa experience best enjoyed after a warm bath. Leave the masks on for 10 minutes.
No one will be able to tell that you stayed up over the weekend!
Photography: Vernon Wong; Art direction: Michelle Tham; Hair and makeup: Dollei Seah, Lydia Thong and Vicky Lee of Makeup Entourage (9111 1919), using Shu Uemura; Model: Lee Soon Young/Nu Models
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