Mixed mud masks: a facialist’s secret to flawless skin

Masks are a classic skincare secret: firming wrinkles, smoothing cheeks, and brightening under eyes. Now, beauty pros share a new twist to get even better results, and a glowing, clear complexion.

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Let’s be completely honest: skin care can be tricky. Especially when it comes to facial skin care. With so many different products available for an equally diverse range of skin types, it can be a struggle to find a product that feels great and works well. “Most people have a combination of concerns,” says Elena Arboleda, head aesthetician at Mario Badescu. “They may get clogged pores in the t-zone, but also be dry and flaky on the cheeks. So using one product or mask on the entire face might help with one of those problems but exasperate the other.”

Luckily, one of the best-kept facialist secrets to achieve healthy, glowing skin while treating multiple issues is starting to become mainstream: mixing mask products in order to customize your skincare routine. Essentially, pros advise using a different mask on different parts of your face to achieve the best possible results. (It sounds so simple … why didn’t we think of that?)

Now that you’re in the know, it’s time to find your magic mix. Just choose your best fit from Elena’s master customized mask regimes below, complete with her favorite products and which formulas work best for every ailment.

Skin type: Combination with oily t-zone and jawline acne

B. Kamins Diatomamus Earth Mask

Start by spreading B. Kamins Diatomamus earth mask on your T zone to treat oily skin. The mask will help eliminate buildup that causes oily skin and breakouts. It’s diatomaceous earth formula (which means it comes from a soft sedimentary deposit of algae fossils) is rich in magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium, which sink into the skin to leave it smoother, firmer and radiant. This mask is so gentle, it can even be used to soothe post-procedural and rosacea-prone skin ($50, Dermstore).

Peter Thomas Roth’s Therapeutic Sulfur Masque

Then dab Peter Thomas Roth’s therapeutic sulfur masque across your jawline to treat any acne. The sulfur, which makes up 10 percent of the formula, helps to clear acne, while the aloe soothes any irritation ($47, Sephora).

Mario Badescu Flower and Tonic Mask

Your final step: a Mario Badescu flower and tonic mask to balance and cleanse all other areas on your face. It’s natural botanical balsam of Peru ingredient calms the skin to reduce redness all over ($18, Mario Badescu).

Skin type: Combination with clogged pores in t-zone and sensitivity across the cheeks

Beauty Formulas Cucumber Tonic Mask

Apply Beauty Formulas cucumber tonic mask on your T-zone to unblock your pores effectively and efficiently—it only takes three minutes to do a deep cleanse ($6, Amazon).

Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask

For sensitive areas outside of your T-zone (like ruddy, dry cheeks), try an Azulene calming mask specially made for delicate, but bumpy skin. The cream includes a blend of herbal extracts, beeswax, and natural minerals to lightly moisturize your skin, while also lifting any impurities up and out of your pores ($18, Mario Badescu).

Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask

Finally, use Glossier’s moisturizing moon mask to help hydrate the rest of your face. (This is also good for targeting dry skin all over, if that’s your only ailment.) The white cream is made up of almond oil, plant-based squalane, and hyaluronic acid, all ingredients that go beneath the surface of your pores to instantly plump skin up with hydration. The brand also uses licorice root and lemon fruit extract as gentle complexion brighteners, while honey and aloe act as soothing agents ($22, Glossier).

Skin type: Dry, dull skin with blackheads on the nose and cystic breakout on the chin

Peter Thomas Roth’s Therapeutic Sulfur Masque

Spread Peter Thomas Roth’s therapeutic sulfur masque directly onto your chin in order to dry out that bad breakout spot. The sulfur formula is specifically made to target and help clear up acne, with kaolin, and bentonite clays to help purify pores ($47, Sephora).

Mario Badescu Orange Tonic Mask

For your nose, dab on an orange tonic mask from Mario Badescu onto your bridge and across the outer sides of your nose, which are some of the areas most prone to blackheads ($18, Mario Badescu).

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost

Then use an enzyme rich mask, like a tube of Estée Lauder revitalizing supreme global anti-aging mask boost on all other dry, or dull areas. The cream, made with the brand’s IntuiGen Technology™ which is derived from black bamboo extract, is designed to be moisturizing and energizing for you skin at the same time, and is free of parabens or sulfates. Use it three times a week to see the best results ($65, Sephora).

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