A new ritual for smoothness from top to bottom. - 2 minute read
Life ain’t easy, but caring for your body should be. There’s a very simple, convenient ritual that can solve at least half of your hair & skin woes- multi-masking.
Since ages, every beauty aficionado across the planet has been using masks as a self-care ritual. Be it a honey milk mask for glowing skin or mayonnaise mask for hair. We Indians even use body masks called ubtans to exfoliate and soften skin. Masks are like treats for your body- they’re relaxing, target specific concerns and are often fun to use. Combine their usage for a quick, super efficient weekly routine.
Shampoo Tip: This might sound ridiculous but most of us shampoo our hair the wrong way. The best practise is to apply shampoo only to the scalp. Massage gently and wash off with lukewarm water. While you’re rinsing off the shampoo from scalp, rub the soapy water along the length of your hair. This is sufficient to clean your hair strands and helps prevent moisture loss.
For your hair
Depending on your hair type or current concern, you can use masks differently. Your hair and scalp condition changes with seasons, product usage, fluctuating lifestyles etc. Certain hair masks can be applied to the scalp as well (check usage directions on product labels carefully). If you’re worried about a greasy scalp, apply the masks from roots to tips pre shampoo.
For those with oily heads and dry strands or while using masks not meant for the scalp, multi-masking comes into play. Apply a deep cleansing or exfoliating mask on your scalp and a moisturising mask along the length. Wash it off after a few minutes. This way, your roots get squeaky clean and the strands are lush & soft.
There are a wide variety of masks available- hair masks for dry hair, frizzy hair, even hair masks for oily hair. Check out 'the find your mask fit' guide for help or some great options here.
For your faceMulti-masking is very useful when different areas on your face are going through different concerns. Plus, the moisture requirement changes across different parts of your face. The sensitive eyes, lips & their sides as well as cheeks tend to need more hydration. Avoid applying drying masks on these places at all costs. Folks with an oily nose, chin or forehead could apply clarifying or pore cleansing masks on those areas. Use a moisturising mask on your cheeks while for the lips and eyes, use ones made exclusively for them. You can even make quick homemade ones- like a sugar+olive oil exfoliating mask for the lips and cold green tea soaked cotton pads for the eyes.
For your body
Now this is for a select few, who really really need it. The best mask for your body is a creamy, non drying scrub, especially the ones with nut butters and oils. If you have shoulder, butt and back acne, apply clarifying masks with ingredients like tea tree and clay on those areas. For your feet, apply a moisture rich mask, wrap them in shower caps and cover with socks. Wash it off along with the rest of your body for smoothness from top to bottom.
If this overwhelms you, take it easy and go slow. Masking should be useful and enjoyable, not tedious & expensive. Relax & create your own weekly self care routine (netflix & sipping hot cocoa will also do).