You can also customize masks by mixing and/or layering them with other products. “I often mix my exfoliating mask with a hydrating mask,” says Scott. “It may not be as concentrated as using each alone, but it’s kind of like working out: If you do half your workout, it’s better than doing none of your workout. You’re still getting those benefits.” This is also an ideal strategy for sensitive-skin types, who may wish to turn down the tingle of intense formulas.
Cooper also encourages concoctions. “You can amp up the power of a mask if you add a few drops of serum to it,” she says, suggesting a blend of four to six drops. Her guideline: This works best when the mask and serum have the same objective (that is, both are hydrating) or with a combo that won’t disrupt your skin’s balance. “If you’re using a vitamin A serum, your mask shouldn’t necessarily be about exfoliating because vitamin A is exceptional at turning over skin cells, so it might be a bit too much,” she says. Also, you don’t need to tweak clay and charcoal products. “The rule of thumb is that if the mask is going to dry your skin, you don’t want to add a moisturizing property to it,” she says. Another make-it-yours option is to layer serum underneath your mask.