From Batman to Zorro to the iconic Mexican wrestler, Blue Demon, there’s no shortage of famous masked men to admire. So what is it about a simple skincare mask, be it a sheet mask or mud mask, that seems to make guys so squeamish?
If you think face masks are just for women, think again! Everyone wants clear, healthy, good-looking skin – which is the main benefit of treatment masks. If you’re not using a face mask, you’re missing out.
Here’s why every man should get in on the face mask skincare craze!
Benefits of using a face mask
Clears the complexion
The cleansing capabilities of face masks can help clear up any complexion issues you may have. Face masks draw out impurities from the skin, including dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that can lead to clogged pores. The result is clearer skin, reduced blemishes, and smaller-looking pores.
Removes dead skin cells
Sometimes the dead skin cells on the face don’t shed properly, and so you may be left with dull, dry, or flaky skin. Deep-cleansing and exfoliating masks help remove dead skin cells, leaving you with softer, smoother skin.
Prevents ingrown hairs
If you like a nice clean-shaven face, you’ll be familiar with ingrown hairs. By removing dead skin cells, face mask treatments work wonders on preventing ingrown hairs and can soften ingrown hairs for easier, pain-free removal.
Facial masks are great for clearing out clogged pores that can show up as blackheads. Lots of men suffer from an overproduction of sebum, which can stick into the pores. Face masks can attach to any grime that’s trapped in your pores, so when you remove the face mask, you remove the dirt, too!
Along with cleansing your face, a face mask treatment will add nourishment to the skin, too. Cream, gel, and sheet masks are packed full of beneficial ingredients that absorb straight into the skin. Another great thing about facial masks is that they prep the skin, making it easier for your skin to absorb other skincare products.
Stimulates blood flow
Face masks are known to stimulate blood flow by expanding your skin’s blood vessels. Better circulation leads to healthier-looking skin and can even help smooth wrinkles and signs of aging. As you age, your blood flow weakens, and your skin starts to show it, so a face mask treatment can really help.
Helps you relax
The pampering effects of face masks are one of the main reasons they’re so popular – there’s just something wonderfully therapeutic about painting on a face mask! Plus, you finally get a reason to sit down and enjoy some downtime. Simply apply a face mask, and sit back and relax.
Different types of face masks
While there are face masks created specifically for men, face mask treatments are completely unisex. What really matters is choosing the right face mask for your particular skin type.
Sheet masks are made of a fabric-like material infused with various ingredients. The occlusive sheet helps push nutrients into the skin. Sheet masks are the most versatile face mask treatment since there’s a sheet mask for every skin type. They’re also easy to use, so if you’re looking for a fuss-free face mask, a sheet mask is the way to go.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a clay mask. Clay masks draw out excess oil and impurities from the skin, reducing blackheads and breakouts. The most popular types of clay masks include bentonite, green clay, and kaolin clay masks. Bentonite has strong oil absorbing properties, while green clay and kaolin face masks are more gentle.
A cream mask is a good option for guys with dry or dehydrated skin. These masks are formulated with oils and moisturizing ingredients that hydrate the skin. As skin is infused with moisture, it immediately looks plumper, smoother, and more healthy.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, gel masks have soothing, cooling effects that can help calm irritated skin. Gel masks are packed with antioxidants to help boost your skin’s health, while the gel formula works to instantly hydrate and tighten the skin.
Exfoliating masks contain chemical exfoliants like hydroxy acids or fruit enzymes. These are great for exfoliating the outer layer of skin, sloughing away dead skin cells and stubborn dirt and grime that may be lurking on your skin’s surface. Using an exfoliating face mask treatment can improve your skin’s firmness and brighten any dull patches.
How to use a face mask
- Wash your hands thoroughly to remove any dirt or oil before touching your face.
- Cleanse your face with a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser like JESSE JIMZ Clean Slate.
- Apply a hot hand towel or washcloth to the face for 5 minutes to open up your pores and prep your skin for your men’s facial mask. (This step is optional, but it really helps!)
- Apply a generous amount of mask to the face and neck area. Be careful to avoid the eye area.
- Sit down and relax while you wait for your mask to do its thing! Leave your mask on for the amount of time directed on the packaging.
- Grab a fresh, damp towel and gently wipe the mask from your skin.
- If you need to, splash some warm water onto your face to remove any remaining product and then pat dry.
- Finish off with a hydrating moisturizer like JESSE JIMZ Saving Face to complete your skincare ceremony!
There are so many benefits that come with using face masks that men just shouldn’t miss out on. Masks aren’t a daily thing, so you can easily incorporate them into your skincare routine once a week – your skin will thank you for it!
Although masks are great skincare aids, they can’t perform miracles. A weekly mask can’t and should never replace a proper daily skincare routine. For that, we recommend our Daily Face Care Duo. This premium skincare routine for men includes the two everyday essentials for clear, healthy, youthful skin!