Hello friends of Balm Kitchen!! Welcome to our first blog post of 2018! We are very excited to kick start the year by reviving our sleepy Balm Kitchen blog! Posts will be more regular now, and we will be discussing different topics that will be of interest to every skin care enthusiast. Jump on board this discussion platform with us, and let’s get to know each other better!
Our first post of this year will be on multi-masking! Multi-masking as a K-beauty trend first emerged in 2015, but gained a revival in 2017 because it’s so easy, practical and makes perfect sense to do. Multi-masking involves using multiple face masks for different skin concerns on different parts of your face.
We suggest three easy steps in order to achieve a customized at home treatment with multi masking:-
The first step to properly multi-mask is to determine and understand your own skin type. Multi masking works well for every skin type. A person with an overall dry skin may also experience dryer spots on her face than other parts, or a person may have isolated breakouts on the cheek or chin. Multi-masking can therefore be useful in providing a more targeted and accurate dose of skin care goodness where you need it the most! Moreover, our skin types do change with the environment, health and time. Determining the unique make up of our skin can help us to make informed choices of the products that will best tackle skin issues. If you are unsure of your skin type, we at Balm Kitchen can help you analyse your skin type with a detailed skin typing analysis (drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alternatively, you can do the tissue test. To do the tissue test, wash your face with your favorite cleanser, then wait one hour before gently pressing a piece of tissue onto your face. If the tissue shows no sign of oil, you may have normal to dry skin. Dry skin may exhibit flakiness, itchiness and tightness after cleansing. If the tissue is oily, you may have oily to combination skin – where the t-zone and chin are shinier than the other areas of your face.
The second step is to understand the function and properties of the products you are going to use. Do your own research, or talk to us here at Balm Kitchen. We will be incredibly happy to chat about your skin concerns.
Here are some general suggestions for products that are best suited for the following skin types:
Oily skin – clay masks containing Rhassoul clay, Bentonite clay, Green clay or Yellow clay.
Isolated break outs or acne – masks with salicylic acid, clay or tea tree oil.
Dry skin – hydrating cream or gel masks containing humectants like Propanediol, Glycerin, Hyaluronic acid. (p.s. we use the botanical-based Hyaluronic acid from Snow mushroom in our Skin Mist and Antioxidant Facial Essence).
Sensitive – calming masks with aloe vera or chamomile to soothe redness and irritation.
Lastly, why stop at masks though? Our best and last suggestion is to also multi-mask your skin care! You can do this by applying specific skin care products to different areas of your face. For example, if you have combination skin, don’t slather the night cream all over which may aggravate acne and clogged pores. Instead, use it strategically on the dryer portions of your face, and an oil-control gel on oily or acne prone areas.
All in all, multi-masking is a great way to maximize your precious me-time while also having fun trying out different products available in the market!
We have the right products for multi-masking! If you have combination skin, do try multi-masking with Balm Kitchen’s Clarifying clay mask and Nourishing clay mask! The Clarifying clay mask contains Rhassoul clay, a stronger type of clay that provides a deeper cleansing than Pink and Kaolin clay used in our Nourishing clay mask. We recommend using our Clarifying clay mask on the oilier parts of your skin such as your t-zone and chin area and the Nourishing clay mask around dryer areas like your cheeks.
Toby Tan is our young and bubbly new member of Balm Kitchen. She holds a specialist diploma graduate in cosmetic science from Singapore Polytechnic, current NUS undergrad and is an avid writer.
(photos courtesy of Toby Tan)