Skin care has come along way since the petroleum-based body creams in the late 19th century. Today, we can rub our hands in excitement at the options available to us, from exfoliators and cleansers to moisturisers.
One product that has taken the world by storm is the sheet mask. More appealing than the swamp monster-looking clay masks, sheet masks are infused with nourishing serums.
Created in South Korea, where the beauty industry is seen as the mecca of skin care, it was only a matter of time before these masks caught on. They have slowly become a standard part of beauty regimens with celebs like Cristiano Ronaldo and P Diddy jumping on the bandwagon.
When to hit the sheets…
Knowing at which stage to incorporate the sheet mask into your skin care routine is important if you want to maximise the results. The general consensus is that sheet masks should be used after cleansers, so don’t go rushing straight for them.
It's also worth remembering that a man's skin is around 25% thicker than a woman’s...Maybe not the most eyebrow-raising news, but something to consider when looking for the best sheet masks for men.
Here are some we'd think you'd be interested in, and if you're still unsure we have whole guide to sheet masks for you to indulge in...
BARBER PRO have come up with this essential pick-me-up to reduce redness and tackle blemishes, whilst also turning back the clock on your complexion. Enriched with antioxidants, antibacterial properties and marine collagen, the serum-saturated face mask replenishes moisture levels and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What more could you ask for?
Who would have thought that a sheet mask could deliver the type of tan a guy can usually only get from the sunniest Mediterranean destinations?
The self-tan actives in this mask give you that beach hunk look while you put your feet up and reminisce on your most pleasant summer holidays. The tan gradually develops with each passing minute, letting you achieve any shade under the sun for up to eight hours after initial use.
On the other hand, if you've spent too long snoozing in the sunshine, this cooling face sheet mask is your new go-to. It's a thirst quenching option, which feeds your skin goodness while also helping soothe your sun exposed skin. Infused with witch hazel and hyaluronic acid, it's a must-have item in your carry on.
Introducing the complexion curer: Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Hydrogel Sheet Mask. If you have that all-important date or job interview coming up, then 15-20 minutes alone with this mask will give you the confidence you need to impress.
Fortified with charcoal to remove impurities and kiwi extract to encourage cell repair,, this unique formula helps to clarify your complexion and even out skin. Better still, it offers hydrating properties that leave your skin looking and feeling its best.
A plump and supple complexion is a sign of youth and health, and that’s exactly what’s on offer with this award-winning sheet mask. Formulated with wrinkle-diminishing ingredients like palmitoyl pentapeptide, this must-have mask turns back the hands of time.
The serum-infused mask utilises a unique vegan stem cell complex to firm up the skin and a blend of rose water, sodium hyaluronate and centella asiatica extract to deliver intense hydration.
Patchology made their sheet masks with the man with a hectic schedule in mind. They appreciate that most men don't have time for a lengthy skin care regime, so they've created a potent mask that works its magic in just five minutes. Transform tired, dull and dehydrated skin into a handsome complexion full of brightness.
It's not too tricky to figure out the inspiration behind Saturday Skin. Saturdays are when we should show off our best complexion, whether it's at the football, out with your mates or on date night. Add this sheet mask, imbued with a moisture-rich cocktail of Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe vera and watermelon, to your mid-week routine for fresh skin for the weekend.
Transfer the avocado from the plate to your face with Oh k!'s replenishing face mask. The wholesome green fruit has become a staple of the millennial lifestyle (thinking about those delicious avo brunches) and now you can add it to your skin care routine. Moisture-rich and hydrating, it produces smooth and supple skin.
How much sleep do you get per night? If you're like most people, it's probably not enough, and your face is the first place to showcase your tiredness. Luckily, DHC have found the antidote to fatigued skin with this revitalising face mask, powered by the replenishing power of sodium hyaluronate to enliven your complexion.
This one's for the vegans. As you may have guessed from the name, Love Beauty and Planet are passionate about your skin and the world around it. Formulated with a stream of natural and active ingredients, this set of premium sheet masks lets you enjoy fresh skin guilt-free.
Priced at just under £100, we appreciate this premium face mask may be out the price range for some of you, but for those who want the best in their skin care routine, MZ Skin have created a face mask of true luxury. Made with pure gold which is harnessed by nanotechnology, the deluxe mask boosts cell reparation, provides moisture and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
It's also expertly designed to put comfortably on your face and is laced with vibrant aromas - basically everything you'd expect from the most high-end face mask.
Whilst we've got the attention of you men that love a luxury skin care item, we may as well show you another deluxe sheet mask. Specifically designed to breathe hydration into dry skin, this sheet mask helps your skin hold up to 200 times it's own weight in water. How's that for quenching your skin's thirst?
After showing you two high-end sheet masks, it's only fair we give you one that's much more affordable. Coming at just under a couple of quid (it's basically free), this innovative mask combines the vitamin-rich properties of orange juice with the moisture-dense qualities of Hyaluronic Acid for a healthy complexion.
Seeing as we showed you two high-end sheet masks in a row, it's only fair we do the same with the two ultra-affordable options. Say Yes to the hydrating qualities of cucumber, which combines with the moisturising properties of Aloe vera and green tea to produce refreshed skin full of moisture.
Now this is a mask you actually enjoy wearing. Easy-to-use and comfortable, the mask is tailored for those nights where you're just chilling at home and feel like giving your skin a boost of nourishment. A hydrating combination of pink cactus and pink algae produces smooth, soft and elasticated skin.
There are thousands of brands in beauty which means there are a multitude of cool brand names, yet Elemental Herbology may just be our favourite. Luckily coming up with catchy brand names isn't all they're good at: this rejuvenating sheet mask strengthens the skin's barrier, invigorates your complexion and provides deep hydration. See, there's substance as well as style.
Don't let the pink packaging fool you (do people still pay attention to colour codes), this nourishing sheet mask can be enjoyed by men too. It comes as a two-step process: they've kindly included a luscious oil to massage gently into your face before you apply the face mask. It's two supreme products for the price of one.
The bright green packaging of this sheet masks symbolises the natural goodness that's inside: a healthy wave of aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, argan oil and avocado oil seamlessly blend to rejuvenate your complexion. Comfortable and fast-acting, it can be applied to any face shape.
We're a tease here at Cosmetify, which is why we've saved the best til last. Innovative, creative and highly effective, Sarah Chapman's best-selling sheet mask is a must-have for anyone who always indulges in a premium skin care routine. This high-performance product is specifically formulated to plump the skin, breathe hydration into dry areas and soothe any irritation.
It's a revolutionary product that's driving the industry forward - welcome it into your routine and become part of the pioneering movement.
Each of these sheet masks for men work wonders. All you need to do is sit back, relax and let them do their magic. It's that simple.
Written by Luke Chapman
After six years of experience in content writing, Luke followed his passion for male grooming, particularly fragrances, hair styling and natural skin care.