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The Best Face Masks for Men

By Alex Bryson - 1 year ago | Updated
Bearded man with face mask

Take a tour of any silicon valley giant or premier league club and you’re likely to discover all kinds of rejuvenating tech, from sleeping pods to ice baths. And it's not crazy to imagine that one day we'll all finish a shift at the office with a couple of hours in the isolation chamber.

For now, though, such techniques remain both eye-wateringly expensive and a logistical nightmare. Attempting to install any one of these massive contraptions in a normal house is likely to leave you feeling distinctly unrefreshed.

There is, however, a more manageable alternative. The rising popularity of male-specific face masks points to an increasing desire amongst men to simultaneously address the physical symptoms of tiredness and take a few mindful moments out of the hectic modern world.

While the idea may seem a little unusual to many westerners, who limit their mask-wearing to Halloween and ...er ...yeah, pretty much only Halloween, this is a movement well-established in the east. But if you're not wholly familiar with korean skincare, then read on for a brief outline of a face mask's key characteristics.

Different masks are orientated around different actives, ensuring that each has unique properties and qualities to offer. Although an absorbent material such as clay or charcoal typically acts as the primary ingredient, skincare innovators are always searching for more effective ingredients, which can result in some eyebrow-raising ingredient lists. (Still got questions? Just visit our guide to face masks!)

So press snooze on the sleep pods, place cold therapy on ice, and find out how to get a fresh, youthful skin tone with a minimum of fuss and cost.

BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel Off Mask Tube

BARBER PRO Face Putty Peel Off Mask Tube

£8.95 £9.00 (1% off)

This peel-off mask from BARBER PRO is a fantastic all-rounder, simultaneously detoxifying, exfoliating and re-balancing your complexion. That's down to a vegan-friendly composition that utilises the natural benefits of activated charcoal.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask

£32.60 £51.00 (37% off)

Skin expert Peter Thomas Roth, covers all the bases with this purifying mud mask. Irish moor mud draws out embedded impurities, whilst black hijiki seaweed and volcanic ash hydrate and detoxify. When used as part of a weekly skincare routine, you can wave bye-bye to unwanted blackheads and blemishes.

Bulldog Oil Control Face Mask

Witch hazel also features in this Bulldog skin treatment, alongside hazel, juniper and a blend of three different clays: kaolin, Cornish and volcanus. This unique blend is especially good at lifting away the excess oil that can lead to shininess and breakouts.

ELEMIS Superfood Vital Veggie Mask

ELEMIS Superfood Vital Veggie Mask

£24.31

This fresh take from ELEMIS focuses primarily on brightening the visage. Aside from refining the appearance of the skin's surface, the masque also imbues skin with a healthy radiance, thanks in large part to the infusion of passionfruit acids, wheatgrass and vitamin C.

Dermalogica Active Clearing Sebum Clearing Masque

Dermalogica Active Clearing Sebum Clearing Masque

£35.95 £45.00 (21% off)

Men's skin is typically oily and prone to breakouts. Helping you keep sebum production under control is this clearing mask from Dermalogica. Formulated with the brand's signature MediBac Clearing System, which is powered by salicylic acid, the mask delivers exfoliation to treat and prevent congestion, blackheads and oil.

GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet Mask

GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet Mask

£3.73 £4.00 (7% off)

Unlock the next gen in masking with this extreme bubble mask from skin care enthusiasts GLAMGLOW. Sure, it may look a little ridiculous when activated but we promise you that any unwanted dirt, oil and grime will be lifted away immediately. Plus, the infused charcoal and green tea purifies to reveal a totally flawless complexion.

Lancôme Genifique Hydrogel Sheet Mask

Coming in at a slightly higher price tag, the Lancome Genifique Hydrogel Sheet Mask is for those special occasions when your skin needs sorting out, and sharp. This one-off mask contains the same amount of bifidus extract found in one bottle of the brand's Advanced Génifique Serum 30ml, meaning your skin receives an intense surge of protection and strengthening properties to keep it supple.

Kiehl's Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask

Kiehl's Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask

£38.00

You're probably aware of the numerous health benefits of avocado, but how well-versed are you on the effects it has on the skin? Combining with hyaluronic acid, this superfood eradicates the appearance of wrinkles, replenishes the delicate area around your eyes and re-energises your complexion.

Basically, it's ideal for when you've had a few too many late nights and need to give a pick-me-up to tired skin.

Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Overnight Hydrating Face Mask

Giving new meaning to the term 'beauty sleep', this affordable face masks replenishes your skin whilst you're dreaming of a fresh complexion. The lightweight gel-mask is powered by the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid, which combines with sweet almond oil and Vitamin E to lock in moisture, produce a smooth texture and increase suppleness.

Apply it just before you get some z's and wake up with refreshed skin on show.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

Streamline your self-care routine with a face mask that provides a deep and thorough cleanse, whilst you sleep. This does-it-all formula is made with black tea ferment, blackberry leaf extract and lychee seed extract to firm, refine and define skin.

Kiehl's Calendula Petal-infused Calming Mask

Kiehl's Calendula Petal-infused Calming Mask

£44.00

As much as we may hate to admit it, some of us men do occasionally like to pamper ourselves. If that sounds like you (don't worry, we won't tell your mates), then embrace the soothing energy of Kiehl's Calendula Petal-infused Calming Mask.

Dubbed as 'spa in a jar', the luxury face mask utilises the hydrating properties of aloe and cucumber to quench your skin's thirst. Fresh and natural, it's a must-have for anytime you need to unwind after a long day in the office.

Until we find ourselves catapulted into a future of high-tech sleep chambers, then, these options constitute some of the very best facemasks for men wanting to calm their minds and boost their skin.

And something to check out before applying that mask: How To Get Rid Of Razor Burn Post-Shave.

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Alex Bryson

Written by Alex Bryson

Alex has over six years of experience as a writer. He demonstrates exceptional grooming knowledge and has a natural skill for following current trends.

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