LAYER CAKE

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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.

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