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Whatever your particular skin concern — dryness, acne, pores and blackheads, aging — there’s a face mask formulated to address it. While there may not be a huge difference in men and women’s skin, face masks for men may address certain concerns that products formulated for women don’t address (beards, for example).
How Are Men’s Face Masks Different From Women’s Face Masks?
Our list of the best face masks for men include Korean sheet masks designed specifically to fit larger faces and those with facial hair, as well as cult-favorite clay and charcoal exfoliating masks, with aromas a little less floral and a little crisper.
As with any kind of skincare, it’s important to pay close attention to a product’s ingredients, especially in relation to your particular skin needs. The skin is a delicate organ after all, and everyone’s is a bit different. Too harsh and exfoliant might cause irritation, while too thick a moisturizer might clog your pores. Here is what to look for when addressing a variety of concerns.
Sheet Masks vs. Clay Masks: When talking about the best face masks for men, there are usually two camps of people. Those who prefer the ease of a sheet mask (literally a moist sheet that covers your entire face) or those who like a clay mask (which is a paste you apply over your face with your fingers). A sheet mask is easy to use and feels cool and hydrating against the skin, but sheet masks are prone to falling off if your skin is slick or slippery. Clay masks take more time to apply, but because they’re “rubbed” into the skin, the mask stays on until washed off.
Moisturizing: There are a few key ingredients to look for in a moisturizing mask, such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, vitamin E, and ceramides. Sheet masks are a popular moisturizing mask option, as they can help the moisturizing agents bind more effectively to the skin.
Exfoliating: Clay masks, chemical exfoliants and peels, and charcoal masks are all popular options for exfoliation. Chemical exfoliants can actually be gentler on skin than physical exfoliants, so look for ingredients like AHA and glycolic acid. Clay masks don’t use any chemical agents, but have been beloved for their exfoliating properties for decades. Charcoal peels came into vogue only recently, and while they can be effective at clearing clogged pores, they can also be rough on skin so proceed with care.
1. BRO MASK: Korean Face Mask for Men
The Bro Mask has a lot of things going for it, including an impressive list of hydrating ingredients that includes vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed collagen. What makes these sheet masks bro-specific is the size and pattern, which is intentionally designed to fit a larger, masculine face and to accommodate a beard. These come in a set of four.
2. RUGGED & DAPPER Detox Mineral Clay Facial Mask
Mineral clay like the kind used in this weekly face mask is well-known for its exfoliating and detoxifying properties. In addition to Kaolin clay, this mask contains aloe vera, spirulina, and sea kelp, in addition to other antioxidants and vitamins, which nourish the skin at the same time as clearing out clogged pores. The result is a brighter, more youthful complexion.
To use: Scoop up a quarter-sized amount between your fingers and rub into your forehead, T-zone and cheeks. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse or wipe off with a warm towel.
3. New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask
Mud from the Dead Sea, the famed salt water lake in the Middle East, is well known for its beneficial health properties, including its nourishing and clarifying effect on skin. Dead Sea mud’s salt and magnesium content is said to be able to help clear away impurities, improve skin elasticity, and even make skin healthier.
We like this popular Dead Sea mud mask, which combines the benefits of Dead Sea mud with antioxidant and moisturizing herbal ingredients such as aloe vera, calendula oil, vitamin E, sunflower seed, and jojoba oil.
4. WOLF PROJECT SHEET MASK
These natural sheet masks, designed for men and made in Korea, included some of our favorite plant-based skincare ingredients. The charcoal base helps to unclog pores while glycerin infuses the skin with moisture. Antioxidants like vitamin B3 and witch hazel sooth damaged skin, reversing signs of aging and environmental damage. This all-star formula is appropriate for all skin types and ages, while the masks’ generous sizes fit a wide range of face shapes and sizes. These masks come in a pack of five.