12 of the Best Face Masks for Men, Organized by Skin Type
If you think face masks are just for the ladies, think again! Incorporating a face mask into a skin-care routine one to three times each week can help benefit a man’s skin as well. Below we’re sharing the 12 face masks we deem are some of the best for men to try this season, broken down by skin type and concern.
FOR DULL SKIN: KIEHL’S AGE DEFENDER DUAL-ACTION EXFOLIATING CLEANSER
Who doesn’t love a good double-duty skin care product? This dual-action daily men’s face wash doubles as a five-minute face mask, making it an ideal choice for a busy summer. When used as a face mask, this exfoliating cleanser—formulated with Moroccan lava clay and plant-derived phytic acid—offers a deeper exfoliation in just five minutes. It helps to break down the toughest layers of built-up dead skin cells to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and improve overall texture. Up to three times a week, apply a layer onto clean skin and allow the mask to dry for five minutes before rinsing with warm water. Massage your skin in a gentle circular motion to allow the particles in the mask to exfoliate your skin’s surface. Pat dry and follow up with moisturizer.
FOR DRY SKIN: KIEHL’S CALENDULA & ALOE SOOTHING HYDRATION MASQUE
Help to hydrate your skin with this soothing hydration face mask from Kiehl’s. The mask—formulated with hand-picked calendula flower petals and aloe vera—boasts a lightweight gel texture and helps to refresh and revitalize for healthy-looking skin over time. Upon application, it offers a refreshing burst of cooling hydration which is sure to be appreciated during the dog days of summer.
FOR DRY SKIN: GARNIER MOISTURE BOMB SHEET MASK—THE SUPER HYDRATING MASK MATTIFYING
Hate the clean-up required after masking? It’s time to try a sheet mask! Before you think you have to run out to a specialty store or shell out a ton, know this. Garnier—available at a drugstore near you—offers sheet masks for less than the cost of lunch! Our favorite for men to try this summer? The Super Hydrating Mask Mattifying. Since summer weather can cause some greasy skin situations, skin care that can help to balance that excess oil production is clutch. This mask—formulated with green tea and hyaluronic acid—helps to deeply hydrate, balance skin, and visibly reduce pores.
Garnier The Super Hydrating Mask Mattifying, $2.99 MSRP
FOR DRY SKIN: KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL OVERNIGHT HYDRATING MASQUE
One of the key benefits of facial masks is hydration, and this overnight mask doesn’t skimp on it. Replenish your skin’s water reserves with a hydrating masque that’s formulated for all skin types. As an added bonus, the formula is also paraben-, colorant-, and fragrance-free.
FOR STRESSED SKIN: L’ORÉAL PARIS PURE-CLAY MASK CLEAR & COMFORT
Blue face masks are currently all the rage and this summer we predict these ocean-hued skin care products are going to reign supreme. Gents who prefer a budget-friendly approach to skin care will love this blue face mask from L’Oréal Paris Skin Expert. The Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort mask is formulated with three pure clays—kaolin, ghassoul, and montmorillonite—and enhanced with seaweed to help clear and comfort (as its name suggests) stressed, uncomfortable skin. Use up to two times a week as part of your regular skin care routine.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Clear & Comfort, $12.99 MSRP
FOR CONGESTED SKIN: L’ORÉAL PARIS PURE-CLAY MASK DETOX & BRIGHTEN
If you’re looking for a face mask that can help to draw out impurities lingering on your skin’s surface—think: excess oil and the daily grime from your daily grind—reach for this charcoal-formulated mask from the Pure-Clay collection. Formulated with the same three pure clays as the Clear & Comfort face mask in addition to a formula enhanced with charcoal, this non-drying face mask helps to leave the skin feeling clean and looking brighter with a healthy glow.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten, $12.99 MSRP
FOR ENLARGED PORES: KIEHL’S RARE EARTH PORE CLEANSING MASQUE
Fellas with oily skin, this one’s for you. This deep pore cleansing masque—formulated with Amazonian white clay— helps eliminate the debris and dead skin cell accumulation that can clog pores and cause dull-looking skin. With continued use, expect to see a reduced appearance of pores and more refined-looking skin.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, $28 MSRP
FOR CLOGGED PORES: SKINCEUTICALS CLARIFYING CLAY MASQUE
Don’t let a build-up of dirt and impurities wreak havoc on your complexion. This deep pore clay mask—formulated with kaolin and bentonite clays—helps decongest clogged pores and lift away the day’s grime. The result is skin that looks smooth and refreshed.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, $52 MSRP
FOR OILY SKIN: GARNIER CLEAN + PORE PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CLAY CLEANSER/MASK
Dealing with oily skin? This creamy clay-based formula multitasks as a cleanser or as a mask to help purify pores. In addition, it’s formula with charcoal works to draw out impurities like a magnet.
FOR DEHYDRATED SKIN: LA ROCHE-POSAY HYDRAPHASE INTENSE MASK
If your skin feels parched or crepe-like, it’s possible that your skin is dehydrated. Sound like your current situation? Turn to La Roche-Posay’s Hydraphase Intense Mask—a soothing and rehydrating mask.
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask, $19.99 MSRP
FOR OVERNIGHT BENEFITS: KIEHL’S GINGER LEAF & HIBISCUS FIRMING MASK
For a mask that works while you snooze, look no further than this overnight mask that delivers skin that feels firmer and smoother by morning. With benefits like that, nobody has to know you got less than the usual amount of shut-eye.
FOR DRY, DULL SKIN: KIEHL’S INSTANT RENEWAL CONCENTRATE MASK
Kiehl’s Instant Concentrate Mask is an ideal pick if you’re looking to indulge your skin with a replenishing, oil-infused hydrogel mask. Formulated with a blend of cold-pressed Amazonian oils—including Copaiba Resin Oil, Pracaxi Oil and Andiroba Oil—this two-piece sheet mask comfortably adheres to the skin for ideal moisture, revealing a softer and brighter-looking complexion in return.
Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, $32 MSRP