Chances are that if you are reading this post you have already adopted a holistic skin care regimen and are looking for options to make your skin just a little bit better.
After all, what is the point of the effort if your skin is still not to your standards?
Enter the face mask.
Facial masks are a terrific addition to any man’s skin care regimen by taking it to the next level.
Essentially a reset for your face, masks provide all sorts of great benefits for your skin.
But here’s the big question:
Which face mask will be the best for your skin? From solutions that are heavily dependent on clay like the one offered up by Lab Series to a volcanic mud based compound found in Kyoku’s Lava Masque Acne Treatment solution it can be hard to decide which option to invest in.
To help make sense of these starkly different options on the market, we look at the facts of each offering and see the actual results they deliver.
To see a summary of our findings, check out this table:
Comparing The Best Facial Masks For Men
|Name||Size||Made In||Price Range||Scented?||Contains Organic Ingredients?||Paraben Free?|
|Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque||2.0oz||Australia||$$$||N||Y||Y|
|Alitura Anti-Aging Professional Clay Facial Mask||6.5oz||USA||$$$||N||Y||Y|
|Aria Starr Beauty Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask||8.8oz||USA||$||N||Y||Y|
|Best Deep Cleansing Mud Face Mask For Men||6.7oz||USA||$||N||Y||Y|
|Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque||4.2oz||USA||$$$||N||Y||Y|
|Kyoku For Men Lava Masque Acne Treatment For Men||5.0oz||USA||$||N||Y||Y|
|Lab Series Skincare For Men Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask||3.5oz||USA||$$||N||Y||Y|
|Mr Smith Co. Clay Face Mask for Men||4.0oz||USA||$$||N||Y||Y|
|PLANT Matcha Antioxidant Face Mask||2.0oz||USA||$$||N||Y||Y|
|Rugged & Dapper – Face Mask For Men||5.0oz||USA||$$||N||Y||Y|
|The Gentlemen’s Facial Mask by Beau Brummell for Men||4.0oz||USA||$$||N||Y||Y|
Is A Mask REALLY Necessary?
I get it.
Every skincare company on the face of the planet is trying to sell us guys on ‘the next great thing’ to look better and younger.
But come on, how is adding a bit of volcano dirt really going to unlock the fountain of youth…
Here’s the reality gents:
Yes, I said it.
Applying a face mask isn’t going to make you look 5 years younger. Sorry, your college days are still memories, your older now, perhaps have a kid or two (my thoughts are with you if you have more than one – I don’t know how you do it man).
Anyhow, not to veer off from the meat and potatoes so to speak!
So, a face mask isn’t going to shred years from your appearance.
BUT (and a big one – Kim K. style), they will help you ward off the signs of aging.
Those fine lines and crows feet that are developing around your eyes will start to slow in their tracks should you start to use a face mask on a regular basis.
But why? But how?
So, to understand how a face mask works, you need to get deep…really deep.
The benefits of a face mask are multi-faceted.
First and foremost, it helps to clear out all that gunk and oil that is resting in the deep dark corners of your pores.
So, if you have a naturally oily or combination skin type along your T-zone, the introduction of a face mask will be a godsend to you.
Therefore, if acne and blackheads are still a problem long after those dreaded teenage years have passed, face masks (especially ones that depend on clay) will help to subside these skin blemishes.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!! (Billy Mays – god rest his soul)
Facial masks are great at adding an additional layer of moisture to your skin.
This can help to reduce (notice how I didn’t say eliminate or cure), the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles.
Lastly, and this one is a bit of a weird Oprah-esq thing that some guys feel (I won’t publicly admit to this), is that face masks will also make you feel a bit more…better about yourself.
In that you feel better about your mood and more in-tune with your body…
…Ok, is it getting a little weird in here or is it just me?
Let’s get moving to the next section shall we…
How To Apply A Facial Mask
Regardless of the base compound of the facial mask that you decide upon, the application process is going to be relatively the same.
To get the most out of your brand new facial mask you are going to want to follow these steps:
- Being that the facial mask is going to release many of the impurities and excess sebum oil from your skin, it’s important to cleanse thoroughly with your trusted face wash to ensure that you have a cleaner base to your skin. This helps the face mask to penetrate deeper and ultimately provide better results for your skin.
- After you have fully cleansed, make sure that you simply pat dry your face (you should be doing this already). Vigorously rubbing your face dry can lead to collagen damage and generally it’s not good to do this to your skin.
- Unless the manufacturer has any product specific applications (which many of them don’t), you will want to go ahead and apply the mask evenly over your face. Be sure to not apply too close to your eyes as the skin here is a bit thinner.
- After about 15 minutes (unless directed otherwise), you will then want to wash the mask off with warm water. Many of the masks featured in this article rely on natural compounds, so there is not much reason to cleanse post-mask application, however, if you are adamant on cleansing, you absolutely can.
- Apply a moisturizer to your skin after drying as it will help to re-hydrate your skin and you can go about your day.
Best Facial Masks For Men Reviewed
Rugged & Dapper – Face Mask For Men
Like The Gentlemen’s face mask, this effective product also uses Kaolin clay to purify and detox your skin, though it is lacking the addition of activated charcoal in the mix.
To make up for this, Rugged & Dapper has added purified smectite clay, spirulina, kelp, and grapeseed oil to help cleanse, moisturize, and protect the skin after the mask is off.
This product has a considerably longer application time than The Gentlemen’s and Kyoku’s face masks. It is recommended that you leave this solution on for 10-20 minutes to gain the full benefits of this product, but you only need to apply this mask once or twice a week to keep acne and blackheads at bay.
This is considerably more effective than some of the other competing products that need to be applied every night, as it means that your container of mask is going to last longer, meaning you’re spending less in the long run.
Reviewers of this product say it’s ideal for men with oily, bearded skin as it helps prevent ingrown hairs as well.
Oily skin becomes a non-issue, and the application process is smooth and easy. When the mask comes off, your face is left feeling smooth, soft, and refreshed.
The Gentlemen’s Facial Mask by Beau Brummell for Men
Men have much different skin from women, and need their own set of products to accurately target their needs.
Oils, blackheads, acne, and more can cause a man’s skin to become unpleasant, and in some cases, incredibly painful. This mask helps eliminate oils and toxins present in the skin, especially in areas where it is most prominent, and will leave your face feeling fresher and cleaner than just soap and water alone.
Unlike Kyoku’s face mask, this product doesn’t use volcanic mud to clear away dirt and grime.
Instead, it uses activated charcoal and Kaolin clay, ingredients that are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. Activated charcoal is especially effective at deep cleaning, exfoliating, and protecting the skin from future breakouts. This product tightens the pores, preventing dirt from getting back in, which also goes a long way to helping control aggressive breakouts.
After using this product, your face won’t be so oily; it specifically targets the areas of the face that produce the most oil, such as around the nose and forehead.
Apply, and wait for about 7-10 minutes for the ingredients to work, then wash off and moisturize.
Lab Series Skincare For Men Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask
Like Rugged & Dapper’s facial mask, Urban Blue only needs to be applied once or twice a week to reap the benefits of this handsome blue clay.
The blue coloration is important, as it helps to even out the skin tone. This mask also contains kaolin clay, like many other clay masks in this list, to help draw out deep-seated impurities, toxins, and dirt from your pores.
Other ingredients in this product include blue agave, caffeine, charcoal powder, and glycerin.
Activated charcoal, found also in The Gentlemen’s formula (covered in this article), is used as a purifier and cleanser, and is found in numerous skin care products. It also acts as a mild exfoliator as well to help rid your skin of dead cells, ultimately freshening your skin to its fullest potential.
This is not a natural product like Kiehl’s, but it is incredibly effective, and the need to only apply once a week is great for limiting your skin’s exposure to silicone and other chemicals.
Mr Smith Co. Clay Face Mask for Men
This clay face mask is specially formulated for the everyday man’s face.
As men and women have different compositions that make up the whole of the face (including increased collagen and a thicker skin surface), it only stands to reason that the products should address those differences.
Mr. Smith recognizes this, and provides a clay face mask that is specially formulated for your face. This product is great for most skin types, with the exception of sensitive skin. Some customers report that it does have a mild burn to it, though that is the result of some ingredients in the mix.
Compared to a product like Urban Blue, you definitely aren’t going to get the same quality.
With that being said, Mr. Smith does use natural ingredients that are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are needed for your face. It is also made right in the USA, so you know where it comes from is genuine.
This face mask is easy to apply, easy to remove, and men love the way that it works on all of their problem areas. In fact, the only negative thing about this product is that it is a little harsh for people with sensitive skin.
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque
It’s no secret – chamomile is an incredible cleansing product.
Found in other clay masks such as PLANT’s matcha mask, this powerful, anti-oxidant rich ingredient refreshes and rejuvenates your skin for a healthy, clean glow. It also utilizes melaleuca (tea tree) oil to thoroughly cleanse out the pores, and prevent future breakouts of blackheads and acne due to its anti-bacterial properties.
For other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this mask utilizes the properties of rosemary, lemon, sage, and primrose as well as a base of Kaolin clay to draw out the dirt and muck embedded in your skin.
This mask is for men with problematic skin, or if you only have a couple of blemishes to take care of. You will appreciate the way that this mask feels; not too tight, but really does feel like it’s working.
The mask works with all different skin types, including normal, dry, oily, or combination.
The best part is that you don’t need to apply more than a thin layer around your problem areas to get the full effect of this mask; leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off for best results.
Alitura Anti-Aging Professional Clay Facial Mask
The first thing that many people notice about this mask is not the ingredients list, but the price.
This is by far one of the most expensive clay mask treatments on the market.
But behind the price, there are some great things going on with this face mask from Alitrua.
This clay mask utilizes carefully selected and cultivated ingredients to ensure that quality stuff goes into the tub and onto your face for a full and complete clean that leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
These ingredients include Vitamin C, freshwater pearl powder, colostrum, ginseng (to help purify your pores and leave them nice and tingly), three different types of clay (including Kaolin, a standard choice among clay mask manufacturers because of its deep cleaning capabilities), and kelp powder.
This creates a completely natural and organic experience for your face, putting in minerals that may be lost due to skin damage, sweat, or oils.
Using this product is also a little more difficult than others, as you have to prepare your face, and then do some simple mixing between the compound and water to get the mask ready.
However, once all is done, you are all but guaranteed to be pleased with the finished results.
Aria Starr Beauty Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask
The Dead Sea contains high concentrations of salt and other minerals, making it a popular choice for cosmetic companies such as this one.
The mud of the Dead Sea is used to cleanse the skin, revitalize your pores, and reinstate lost minerals due to sun damage or due to perspiration. It is also responsible for exfoliating your skin, something that helps relive your face of dead skin cells.
This exfoliation helps to reduce acne breakouts, and the mud pulls out toxins present in your facial pores.
Both Aria Starr and Rugged & Dapper use Kaolin mud and aloe in their products, but this mask also uses Vitamin E (which is necessary for optimal skin health), vegetable glycerin (which puts moisture back into the skin), and shea butter to keep your skin soft, elastic, and firm. Pores are cleansed, then closed, and you will notice fewer and less severe breakouts.
But there is a small catch to this mask:
This product also contains dimethicone, a smoothing silicone agent. While likely not a big deal for men who aren’t hung up on the ‘all natural’ vibe of some other products outlined, the addition of a synthetic ingredient make be a deal break to some.
However, this product is mostly natural with key vegetable ingredients for the best facial clean.
Best Deep Cleansing Mud Face Mask For Men
If you aren’t a big fan of the stuff you find in tubs, or worse yet, mixing your own from powder, this mud mask is worth a look.
It’s inexpensive, contains loads of healthy, natural ingredients for you face, and it comes in a tube. Just squeeze a little out into your hand, rub it on your face, and let it sit for a while before washing it off.
This concoction includes Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, all of which are ideal for putting in moisture and vitamins that your skin craves to look younger and feel more firm.
The ingredients found within this mud mask are all naturally derived, and contain no silicone or parabens to clog up your pores. Instead, mud from the Dead Sea clears out your skin, and the host of plant extracts and vitamin supplements sink into your skin, revitalizing your look.
After washing this mud mask off, you will find that your skin is tighter, but not unpleasant, and your pores look visibly smaller than they had before. This means fewer breakouts, fewer blackheads, and an overall nicer complexion.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
“Thick, but effective”.
This is what customers are saying about this fantastic clay mask by Kiehl’s.
Wearing this mask is advertised to put moisture back into your skin overnight, and in the morning, you’ll have fresh, smooth skin perfect for the day.
This is unlike products such as Aesop’s blemish mask or Mr. Smith’s clay mask as it is applied just before bed, and you leave it on overnight to reap the full benefits of the mask. While other products only require that you keep the mask on for about 10-15 minutes, such a time frame doesn’t ensure that you get an even coating of moisture and minerals.
Plus, at night, you aren’t out in the sun, so damage can be repaired more easily at night when you aren’t active.
Like PLANT’s matcha mask, this product contains no silicones or parabens, both of which may irritate the skin. This lack of ingredients makes this product more natural, and safer for use over extended periods of time.
Kyoku For Men Lava Masque Acne Treatment For Men
Face masks are a popular choice amongst men and women who suffer from acne or other facial maladies.
They are full of vitamins and minerals for your skin, can clear out your pores, and generally leave you feeling better.
Kyoku features volcanic mud that is designed to draw out dirt and toxins from your skin, leaving you fresh and clean.
Men love the way this product works; not only does it smell great, but it really penetrates the inner layers of the skin, getting rid of dirt and bacteria with only one application. They also say that the way the mask feels is nice and smooth, almost like a clay.
There are also reviews that say this product helps taming ingrown hairs, and also prevents them from coming back to a degree.
Overall, this is a great product if you suffer from blackheads or acne, as the product is safe, easy to use, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after only one application.
PLANT Matcha Antioxidant Face Mask
Quite possibly the most naturally organic item on this list.
PLANT’s matcha face mask is packed full of antioxidants, and contains completely simple ingredients that do a whole lot of work for your face and skin. It uses a base of Kaolin clay which is used to draw out the dirt, oils, and other toxins present in your skin.
Matcha tea is well known for having numerous antioxidants when you drink it, but applying it to your face allows your skin to reap the rewards just as efficiently.
Chamomile is used for scent, but it also has its own benefits, such as much needed vitamins to give your skin that healthy glow.
This is different from other products like Aria Starr and Kyoku because of the pure, untampered, natural ingredients it possesses. Matcha tea is truly a unique addition to the face mask world, and men seem to enjoy how it affects their face. Because of this mask’s cleansing properties, breakouts happen less often, and facial oils are left to a minimum. Perfect for normal, oily, or combination skin, though sensitive skin may have some adverse effects.