Skin Care

Face Forward : A Guide to Skin Care Masks for Men

Words by Janell Hickman

man washes his face

Words by Janell M Hickman

Mean mugging doesn’t have to be so mean—would you believe us if we told you taking 15-minutes a week could transform your skin? “Facial masks work by stimulating the skin, bringing circulation to the surface,” explains Cecilia Wong, founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare. Yes, this may be the time to consider a new layer to fold into your regimen.

With so many options on the market, it might be tough to find one suited for your skin type. Wong offers some pretty sage advice—“when searching for a mask, look for ingredients like spearmint, peppermint, grapefruit (other other citrus) and turmeric.” We broke down five must-try masks for every complexion under the sun.

Editor’s Pick for Oily Skin :

Baxter of California

Designed to be tough yet gentle, this bentonite and kaolin clay mask detoxifies skin from the inside out. Expect oil slicks to disappear as dirt and oil are drawn out in just under 10 minutes. Soothing ingredients like avocado oil and aloe vera to work on moisturizing, soothing, and hydrating irritable skin.

Baxter of California Clay Mask ($20, Baxterofcalifornia.com)


Editor’s Pick for Dull, Skin Skin:

Kyoku

Leverage the power of naturally charged volcanic mud complex to penetrate thicker, tougher skin. Expect to stop breakouts in their tracks while drawing out excess oils, toxins, and inflammation. Unlike traditional formulas, anticipate a bit more slip and grit when applying to your face. Believe us, it’s worth it!

Kyoku for Men Lava Masque ($12.29, Walmart.com)


Editor’s Pick for Dry Skin:

Alchimie Forever

Get to know the cult-favorite mask that put this brand on the map. Filled with natural botanicals to deeply moisturize skin, one application is like a tall glass of vitamin-infused goodness. Look forward to soft, rejuvenated, and glowing skin.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask ($60, alchimie-forever.com)


Editor’s Pick for Irritated Skin:

Peter Thomas Roth

Calm and soothe sensitive (or sunburned skin) with this ultra-gentle gel masque. Key ingredients range from cucumber to pineapple extract help to reduce excessive puffiness, lack of sleep, and so much more. You’ll love the cooling feeling especially in the a.m.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque ($52, sephora.com)


Editor’s Pick for Acne Prone Skin:

Cecilia Wong Skincare

Give acne the one-two (and three) punch with super fast 3-minute mask-peel combo. Blended with stimulating herbs—think sage and spearmint—the mask evens out skin tone, brightens, and refines pores. Use it as a spot treatment for pesky pimples or multi-weekly peel to get on the route to clear, glowing skin.

Cecilia Wong Blemish Peel Mask ($68, ceciliawongskincare.com)