It is not an easy question to answer when asked “what is your skin type”? While a straightforward answer would be either normal, dry, oily or sensitive skin, sometimes it is possible to have a mixture of two or more skin types on the same face. For example someone may observe that they are “Oily on my forehead, breakouts on the cheeks but quite dry and sensitive on my chin”.
How’s my relationship with my skin? It’s complicated!
Ayurveda teaches that we are governed by three energies – doshas – where in any given person there are usually two dominant. Identify your Dosha. Though our skin demonstrates the properties of one skin type for most of the time, sometimes this can can change. Why? Diet change, climate change, change of the seasons and much more. These changes can lead to the awakening of “another” dosha, which manifests itself as symptoms suddenly appear on our skin and hair. That is what exactly happened when I moved from the dry climate in Europe to humid and sultry Hong Kong. My formerly dormant “Pitta” was awakened and I found myself scrambling to balance it.
It can be rather frustrating trying to tackle such topical issues with cosmetic products like creams and gels which are targeted at a wide audience. This means they likely won’t be best suited to the needs of combination skin types. Most products fall short of expectations on that aspect, since you are in fact looking for more than one treatment from the same product.
Hence, we must turn to multi-masking.
What is Multi-Masking?
Multi-masking simply means applying more than one face mask to your face at the same time. Multi-Masking allows you to deal with more than one issue facing your skin at a time. By applying two or more face masks, we can indeed have it “all”: strong moisturizing, nourishment, and acne treatment.
The best products to cope with a wide variety of problems are powder face masks. Not only ingredients kept in powder form are fresher and used to its full potency but also powder masks are easy to store, mix and apply.
What are The Most Common Combination Skin Types?
There are many types of combination skin, but these are the three most common:
Dry, sensitive skin that ages faster
If you have started noticing the first appearance of wrinkles, most probably between the eyebrows and on your forehead or neck, this is a sign that Vata Dosha is governing your skin and you require a lot of moisturizing. Here, anti-aging and super hydrating masks will work the best. Face mask based on algae or rose are great choices because they hydrate and nourish skin while fighting against wrinkles at the same time. If you have more sensitive skin on your cheeks, where a dominant Pitta dosha may cause breakouts and irritations, you need a soothing mask based on turmeric, aloe vera or calendula flour which calms down the burning feeling.
Oily but sensitive skin with some dry patches
My “favorite” combination – my own. Not many know that oily skin can also be sensitive, turning it red and causing inflammation.
Clays such as Multani Mitti or chickpea should be applied on the parts of your skin with oily properties, resulting in an excess production of sebum. In patches of sensitive skin an algae, sandalwood, honey or yogurt based face mask is the best solution. Dry skin can be treated with rose and jojoba oil. If applying a powder face mask, try to mix the powder with rose water or milk for a better cooling effect.
Oily and dehydrated skin
Where skin is typically oily we can apply different clays or chickpea to control oiliness. Licorice root is another great ingredient that fights excess oiliness and skin pigmentation, as well as blemishing post-acne scars. Turmeric is also a great solution to fight acne and skin oiliness, and is featured heavily in Ayurveda.
But let’s not forget about dehydration! How can you identify that your skin needs more water? Observe the shape of your pores. Dehydrated skin tends to have long stretched pores instead of round ones. The best way to give your skin a hydrating boost is to apply algae, hyaluronic acid or rose oil.
What do you think about multi-masking? Is it something you would like to try or do you prefer a classic multi-tasking face mask? Why not try multi-masking with our line of Ayurveda-inspired powder facemasks? Let me know in comments below.