The Green Edit: what is double masking?

The Green Edit: what is double masking?
Why do one when you can do two? Credit: Copyright (c) 2010 Rex Features. No use without permission./Image Source/REX Shutterstock

There is a mask for every occasion or (skin) mood - I personally have two or three on rotation at any given time. Masks for me are split into three categories based on what you would like the outcome to be – hydrating, purifying or brightening. But the truth is, whichever I use, the outcome I’m looking for is one of healthy, glowing skin.

As with breakfast, which should always be in two stages (second breakfast is my favourite meal of the day) so too should your mask ritual be for best results. At this time of year most people’s skin is starting to feel the effects of the cooler weather and dryness is starting to creep in as quickly as the grey weather, so I use a brightening mask followed by a hydrating mask.

Before getting started it’s important to prepare the skin properly. Layering a rich hydrating mask on top of dead skin cells doesn’t allow the ingredients to do much for your skin. Instead, prep the skin first with mask one, a brightening and exfoliating mask that gently removes any build-up on the skin. This will allow mask two, the hydrating and plumping mask, to work its magic more effectively. Alternatively you can start with an exfoliating cleanser or face scrub and follow with the hydrating mask. Whichever you choose, don’t skip this step.

These are some of my favourite green beauty combinations.


This French brand makes some of my favourite treatment products. Start with the clever La Crème Gommante (£26 for 50ml), which combines AHAs with clays and manual exfoliants like micro-algae diatoms and almond pulp for preparing a clean base to work with. Follow with the Le Soin Repulpant (£35 for 50ml), a plumping and nourishing mask which contains silver ear extract - a fungus that, according to Chinese legend, gave concubine Yang Kuei-Fei her beauty.

Tata Harper

One of my favourite rituals for when my skin is looking lacklustre and dry is the double action of the Resurfacing Mask (£44 for 30ml) followed by the Moisturising Mask, (£83 for 50ml). One exfoliates and brightens and the other does what it says – nourishes your skin until it bounces back to life or at least out of bed. It’s so good I sleep in it.

May Lindstrom 

This is one for the foodies, as it tastes as good as it is for your skin - yes I have tasted both! The Clean Dirt (£46 for 200ml) is one of my all time favourite cleansers – it uses water activate vitamin C, spices and clays to exfoliate the skin. Mix it with a little water and paint it on like a mask and leave for 10 minutes. Then follow with a thick layer of The Honey Mud (£64 for 100ml). This combines raw honey, a humectant which locks in moisture, with Frankincense & Myrrh oils to nourish the skin.