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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.