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Facial Masks: Why Every Man Should Use Them

November 02, 2017

Facial Masks: Why Every Man Should Use Them

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The age of face masks being a 'woman thing' is long over, and rightly so. After all, even the most rugged man isn't so attractive or confident when sporting the repercussions of ignored and abused skin.

We men like it simple. And, it doesn't get much simpler than a men's face mask. It's something that you only have to do once or twice a week at home to improve skin issues. Apply it after shaving and get the added benefit of it reducing post-shave irritation and ingrown hairs.

What Are The Benefits Of A Men's Facial Mask?

A quality facial mask works to remove the impurities and dirt from the skin's pores with ingredients like charcoal and Kaolin-Rich clay. Ingredients like botanicals simultaneously soften and condition the skin for smoothness and a healthy glow. Natural skin cell health means that you:

• Look younger
• Have a better complexion
• Suffer less breakouts
• Suffer less ingrown hairs
• See less redness and irritation
• Tighten skin
• Diminish fine lines
• Have less shine
• Have less dryness

How Long Do These Results Take?

A marked improvement can be seen after just a few uses, especially when it comes to dryness, oil buildup, irritation, and skin inflammation. Problem skin may take a few weeks before all the benefits from a mask are fully apparent. Patience is a virtue. 

Know Your Skin

One of the most common mistakes in skin maintenance is not knowing your own skin type, which can lead to you getting a product that makes your skin problems worse and therefore falsely taints your opinion on the importance of skin care.

Everyone's skin is different, but, as a general rule, most everyone will fall into one of these five categories:

1. Normal

This type of skin isn't especially dry nor oily. The skin tone is even. There are few imperfections, if any. There aren't any sensitive or problem areas. Complexion is clear and bright. Skin is soft and smooth. Pores aren't visible to the naked eye. Lucky you, aye?

2. Oily

The skin glands produce a lot of oil. This makes you prone to breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. Complexion may be dull or shiny. Pores are enlarged and visible.

3. Dry

Naturally dry skin is caused when the skin doesn't secrete enough oil. Skin often feels tight because it's less elastic. Pores are very small, but fine lines are more visible. Red, dry patches of skin scattered across the face. Complexion is dull and skin feels rough.

4. Combination

This skin type is, as the name infers, a combination of normal, dry, and/or oily. Patchy skin complexion and tone. Larger pores. Nose, forehead and chin may be oily and shiny with dry or normal patches around the periphery. Prone to breakouts and blackheads. This is the most common skin type.

5. Sensitive

This skin type can be oily, dry, normal, or a combination. The distinguishing factor is that the skin is highly affected by outside sources, such moisturizers, washes, scrubs, toners, or any other substance that comes in contact with the skin. The skin responds with dryness, redness, irritation, breakouts, inflammation, tightness, burning, and itching. 

Can My Skin Type Change?

Yes. There are a number of external and internal factors that can affect, change, or make your skin type very temperamental and fluctuating.

Using the wrong products can often change someone's skin type temporarily. For example, your skin type is normal and you use a product designed for dry skin; the unnecessary moisture and oils could cause your skin to appear to be oily.

Excessive use of a facial product can also change your skin type. Concerning the skin, too much of a good thing translates to a bad thing.

Medical conditions and/or the medications used to treat those conditions can also impact the skin. Even vitamins and supplements can change the skin's natural state. Someone taking fish oil, for instance, could see oilier skin.

Diet, dehydration, illness, allergies, stress, hormones, and aging all play roles in skin changes.

External factors, such as sun, taking hot or prolonged baths, water type (hard or soft,) exposure to chemicals, exposure to environmental elements, and frequent sweat are all factors that can change your skin.

It's important to figure in all these factors when choosing a product. 

How To Determine Your Skin Type

Don't just go look in the mirror after grilling up some steaks, mowing the yard, or being out in a blizzard. That will only give you skewed results.

Wash your face with lukewarm water and a soap for normal skin, that is that it doesn't have drying agents or moisturizers added. Dry throughly and wait 30 minutes. Imagine your face in four quarters. Blot each quarter with a separate tissue to check for oil. Inspect skin for red, dry areas. Look at complexion and tone.

If you still aren't sure, then you're skin is most likely normal.

You can also schedule an appointment with a dermatologist if there are any questions.

Now That You Know Your Skin Type, You Can Start A Facial Regiment

Start by choosing the appropriate cleaners, moisturizers, scrubs, shaving cream, and toners for your everyday use. If your skin is sensitive, you need to experiment with products to see what your skin tolerates best.

For your mask, there are two different application types. One comes in a sheet that you fold onto your face. The other type is a rub on, wash off.

The rub on, wash off masks are much easier to use than the peel and stick masks. You simply apply evenly, wait for it to dry, and wash off. These typically give you a deeper penetration of the pores and a more even coverage area. 

How To Use Facial Masks 101

While you can slap it on and wash it off to get some benefit, to get the most out of your facial mask, you'll need to invest a tad of care in the simple steps.

• Wash your hands first.

• Wash your face with lukewarm water and a suitable soap for your skin. This removes any surface substances that'll be between your skin and the mask. It also opens your pores and gets them ready for the deep clean out of the mask.

• Throughly blot your face dry. Avoid vigorously rubbing and getting your face irritated or chapped.

• Do not apply any products - no moisturizer or toner.

• Know the packaging instructions. Do not exceed the maximum time nor take the mask off before the recommended time has elapsed.

• Apply a liberal layer evenly across the face.

• Throughly remove the mask with lukewarm water and your hands. Do not use a facial pad or wash cloth.

• Continue with your normal skin care regiment of moisturizer. 

How Often Should You Use A Mask?

This is another area where it's imperative to know your skin type. The frequency of a mask will largely depend on your skin type.

However, beyond skin type, different skin responds differently to different applications. One person's oily skin may only be slightly oily or respond more generously to treatments than another person's oily skin. It will take some evaluating and reevaluating to work of the ideal regiment for your unique skin, but here is a general guideline based on your skin type to start you off:

1. Normal

Apply the mask once or twice per week. Exfoliate twice per week. Cleanse and moisturize daily.

2. Oily

Wash face morning and evening. Face mask twice per week. Exfoliate three times per week. Use a small amount of moisturizer following the morning wash only.

3. Dry

Morning and evening face washes with liberal amount of moisturizer afterward. The moisturizer goal is softness without skin feeling wet or sticky. Exfoliate every other day to remove dry, flaky skin that clogs pores. Face mask treatments can be once to twice per week.

4. Combination

Cleanse daily. Moisturize daily. You may want to balance this out by doing a morning and evening cleansing and moisturizing every other day. This is one of those areas where you'll have to experiment with what works best for your particular combination of skin. Exfoliate your entire face once or twice a week, and spot-exfoliate problem dry areas every other day. Masks can be applied twice a week to the entire face, with spot applications every other day to problem areas.

5. Sensitive

Once you've determined what your skin tolerates best, you'll need to know how often it can tolerate it. Most men with sensitive skin stick to one face wash and moisturizer per day. Start with one face mask per week. If your skin tolerates it, try two. 

Find The Right Mask For You

Again, with all these applications and skin types, it will be a trial and error approach to see what works best for you and how often.

Not to turn a nose at free samples and risk-free trials, but it often takes at least 14-30 days of using a product to know if it works.

Instead, try looking for natural ingredients that have a proven track record, like charcoal, which will help you avoid buying a product that you simply can't use because it has crazy ingredients that are high-allergens and have a risky effectiveness.

Also, look for products geared specifically toward men. Skin care isn't a one-size-fits all product that's unisex.

While it is a little extra time for grooming, just don't forget that a men's face mask is to make the most handsome you possible - pillow fights, nails, and gossip can be omitted.