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A Man’s Guide to Cosmetic Face Masks

Kristin Hall, FNP

Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP

Written by Our Editorial Team

Last updated 7/01/2020

Today, we feel pretty comfortable saying most of us are past rigid gender norms. As men have discovered the benefits of spending a little bit more time and energy on personal hygiene, they have also started to incorporate cosmetic face masks into their skincare routines.

Face masks can help with everything from acne, to skin moisturizing and simple relaxation. Though there’s now a plethora of cosmetic face masks for men, it can be a bit confusing deciding which specific kind of mask is right for your unique skin issues.

Some products aren’t the best quality and not all face masks should be applied on a daily basis. To make things easier, we went ahead and compiled a face mask guide for men and included some of the best face masks on the market to help get you started and decide what fits best in your skin care routine. Get ready to slice some spa cucumbers.

Exfoliating Masks

Even if your skin isn’t super greasy, there’s nothing wrong with exfoliating every now and then to prevent acne and pore clogging. Charcoal masks are fantastic for exfoliation.  As you go about your day, your skin comes to contact with tiny bits of dirt.

This can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. The main ingredient in these face masks—activated charcoal—attaches itself to this dirt and then subsequently cleanses your skin. There’s a wide range of charcoal products, which come both as sheet masks, as well as liquids and creams. 

Barber Pro’s Face Putty is a great product that comes with simple instructions: Apply on skin, let dry for 20 minutes and then thoroughly rinse. There are also plenty of charcoal-based masks in drug stores.

For example, Biore and Yes are affordable and are considered to be some of the best face masks out there.

Hydrating Masks

It’s no secret that guys frequently have dry skin. Especially if you’re living in a place that gets really cold in the winter and then really hot in the summer, your skin is susceptible to dryness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, dry skin can cause irritation, cracking, itching and tightness—things that nobody wants to deal with.

What’s a viable solution that doesn’t involve moisturizing multiple times a day? A hydrating face mask. Dr. JART +  sells the Hydration Lover Rubber Mask, a sulfate-free product that can help prevent dryness, which makes it an excellent face mask for winter weather.

The product comes with a “highly concentrated ampoule serum” and a mask comprised of algae and various ingredients that help moisturize the skin.

It’s recommended that you leave this mask on for 20 to 40 minutes. Another potential option is Avene’s Soothing Moisture Mask, which is another winter face mask specifically engineered to help prevent dry skin. 

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Anti-Aging Masks

Face it: You’re probably fearful of aging. Luckily, some face masks can help with anti-aging. For example, Altura’s Clay Mask claims to combat wrinkles, and contains exfoliating qualities, amino acids and vitamins that rejuvenate your skin.

Though these masks can make your skin feel better, their anti-aging qualities aren’t necessarily guaranteed.

Hims offers its own anti-aging kit that contains tretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative that has been scientifically proven to reduce wrinkling and treat skin yellowing.

Acne Treatment Masks

The proper face mask can do wonders for your acne. Since acne can derive from your pores being clogged with dirt, most face masks can help your acne situation.

However, some are specifically designed to help remove oil. Bulldog Skin Care has a face mask that’s specially made for oily skin and is consists of natural ingredients like clays, juniper and willow bark.

A more high end option is Sunday Riley’s Sulfur Acne Treatment mask, which has sulfur, zinc, bentonite clay and numerous other organic ingredients that are used to treat acne by drying and clearing pimples.

In a similar vein to using anti-aging face masks, you should supplement your regimen with scientifically verified methods of reducing acne.

Hims offers its own acne kit containing topical medications that are rich with tretinoin, Vitamin B3 and clindamycin. Ideally, a face mask will be part of a larger acne-prevention treatment.

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On top of all of the numerous benefits to your skin, applying a face mask is simply a great way to unwind and relax. Regardless of how you do it, setting some time for yourself can help reduce stress, fatigue and improve your blood flow.

So once or twice a week, set some time for yourself to apply a cosmetic face mask and watch your favorite TV show. You definitely deserve it.

If you’re looking for more skin treatments for anti-aging and acne, take a look at our store. Are you looking for more lifestyle tips? Check out our blog.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. Learn more about our editorial standards here.