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Face Mask for Men: Everything You Need to Know

Man applying skincare face mask

You want to look and feel your best. That’s why you care about your heath, skincare, and fitness routines. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it in the end.

Want to take your skincare routine to the next level? It’s a smart move since your skin is the largest organ in (or on) your body. One of the best ways to keep your skin looking and feeling in top shape is with a face mask. 

But what do facemasks do? By understanding the different types of face masks and their benefits, you’ll be able to incorporate them into your personal skincare routine.


Why Should a Face Mask for Men be Different from Women's Facial Masks?

Men’s face mask skin care needs are unique. Men's skin is different than women’s in many ways. For example, men have more sebaceous glands (which produce more oil) on their faces than women do.

Because of these differences, men’s masks have their own ingredients which are designed to suit the specific needs of men's skin. These masks are usually made out of clay or mud, both of which are known for their ability to absorb impurities and excess oil from the skin. These skincare products also tend to contain ingredients such as seaweed extract or charcoal powder that help tighten pores and remove dead cells from the surface of the skin.


Are Face Masks Good for Your Skin?

Yes, and there are many benefits of face masks. They protect your skin from irritation caused by cold, dry air. They also deep clean your pores, reducing the likelihood that you’ll experience acne breakouts or blemishes. And a mask with hydrating ingredients will also keep your skin bright, supple, and smooth when used regularly. 


Stress Relief

How often to you get 10-20 minutes of absolute stress-free down time during your day? If you’re like most busy guys, your hectic schedule is a major source of stress and doesn’t leave you with a lot of excess free time.

Now imagine getting to chill and de-stress for 20 minutes while also putting your skin through a powerful detoxing process. Sounds pretty relaxing, huh?

When you use the best face mask for men, you have to wait 10-20 minutes after application to wash it off. And since you’ve got a face mask on, you’re forced to just chill out for the duration. This might seem like a simple detail, but it’s actually a major benefit of this skincare product.

Take those 10-20 minutes to reflect on your day, to meditate on your personal goals, to listen to some soothing music, or to just enjoy the silence. The time will melt the stress away while your face mask removes impurities, bacteria, and blackheads.                       


Sheet Masks

A sheet mask for men is a type of facial mask made from a thin sheet of material that’s soaked in serum. Most are designed to be worn for several minutes and then removed, though some can be left on overnight. Some of the most notable sheet mask benefits include intense hydration, deep pore cleansing, and antioxidant protection.

This type of face mask is perfect for guys with sensitive skin or whose skin has been exposed to harmful substances such as cigarette smoke, pollution, or irritating chemicals. They help fight the damage caused by these environmental stressors and contribute to healthier, smoother skin.


Stimulates Blood Circulation                           

Some of the common signs of aging - such as uneven skin tone, inflammation, and dark under-eye circles - are related to poor blood circulation. While this is a normal part of the aging process, that doesn’t mean you’re helpless to slow it down. And wouldn’t you prefer to reduce all those signs of aging?

When you use a face mask for men, the skin’s blood vessels expand. That results in improved circulation. In the end, you wind up with a brighter, more youthful look and and an overall refreshed appearance.

Think of how dull and tired your skin looks after a bad night. It gets saggy, droopy, blotchy, and looks generally run down. 

Now imagine the opposite - smooth, tight, bright, and moisturized. That’s how your skin will look and feel when you remove your restorative, hydrating face mask.        


Collagen Face Mask

Collagen is a protein that occurs naturally in your body and can be found as a main ingredient in some mens masks. Unfortunately, collagen production declines with age - but it’s essential for healthy, flawless skin. It’s concentrated in the muscles, blood vessels, tendons, and skin.

Your skin’s collagen levels can be affected by diet, lifestyle, and exposure to potentially harmful environmental elements. But you can infuse your skin with collagen peptides by using masks that hydrate your skin and reduce pigmentation issues. You’ll wind up with visibly firmer skin that’s better able to withstand the aging process.


Improves the Results of Your Skincare Routine

Using a natural face mask for men makes your entire skincare routine more effective. By removing debris and oil from your pores with a mask, your other skincare products are then able to absorb into the skin more easily.

For example, consider the benefits of using your face mask along with the best anti aging routine for men. You should apply your face mask once or twice each week after washing your face, and always follow up with moisturizer. This refreshes your skin and prepares it for your daily anti aging routine - including face serum for men, anti aging cream for men, and eye cream for men. These products are most effective when they can penetrate deep into the skin - which is much easier after you’ve used a face mask to cleanse your pores.


Better Results with a Men’s Face Mask 

From removing blackheads and reducing acne breakouts - to relieving stress and improving the results of your skincare routine - there are lots of reasons to use a natural face mask for men. It will only take about 20-30 minutes out of your entire week. This is not a major time investment. And the cost is nothing compared to expensive (and sometimes painful) dermatologist treatments.


Clears Skin Pores

A mens face mask leaves your pores clean and refined. It gets deep into these cavities to remove dead skin cells, metabolic wastes, oily buildup, bacteria, and other debris that is potentially harmful to your skin. 


Charcoal Face Mask

Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells can all clog your pores, leading to dull skin and blemishes. But a mens face mask made with activated charcoal is excellent at removing those problem substances. 

If you have oily skin and are prone to acne and blackheads, this type of mask is specifically designed for you. It targets dirt, oil, and dead skin and removes them, leaving you with clear, renewed skin. 


Clarifying Face Mask

A clarifying facial mask for men deep-cleans pores, leaving you with a smooth feeling. It also removes dirt and grime from your skin. For the best results, apply this type of mask after using moisturizers or aftershave balm. Alternatively, it can also be used before other grooming products as it will clean your skin to make those products more effective.


Improve Hydration

Male facial masks soften the skin and enhance its natural elasticity. Water from the mask penetrates deep into the epidermis, resulting in a more plump and youthful appearance. Hydration is critical to having full, bright skin. Well-hydrated skin resists sagging, wrinkles, and other common signs of aging.


Hydrating Face Mask

If you have dry skin, using a hydrating face mask for men is ideal for you. That’s because it delivers powerful hydration to prevent many of the common issues that plague guys with chronically dry skin - such as flaking, itchiness, and sensitivity. These masks also help with skin inflammation and irritation, especially when you choose on with a formula that contains hyaluronic acid and other powerful moisturizing ingredients. 


Even Skin Tone

Masks for men help diminish hyperpigmentation, one of the common signs of sun damage and aging. Applying a mask regularly will gradually give your skin a more even tone and texture. This also promotes healthy secretion from the sweat glands and increases the oxygen content of the skin. 


Firm Skin

As you get older, it’s quite normal to notice your skin getting looser in some places. It’s one of the most common signs of aging - but it’s not something most guys are excited to see. Fortunately, some male facial masks can boost your natural collagen production and fight off the free radical damage that scientists know to be behind the aging process. This will reduce sagging and looseness and grant you a more youthful look.


What Do Face Masks Do for Skin?

Are face masks good for your skin? 

It’s a resounding yes.

Apart from hydrating and moisturizing the skin, face masks also remove excess oil, improve the appearance of pores, extract impurities, and reduce the appearance of common signs of aging. 


Do Face Masks Work for Skin? How Effective Are They?

Face masks - depending on their exact combination of ingredients - hydrate, moisturize, and exfoliate the skin. Different ingredients in face masks have specific purposes, but many work by forming a film over the skin that traps in moisture and beneficial ingredients. This also enables faster, deeper absorption of those ingredients and results in enhanced effectiveness.


Best Face Mask and Moisturizer for Men

Our Purifying Charcoal Face Mask uses the power of charcoal and kaolin clay to remove facial impurities and diminish pores without over-drying or irritating the skin.

Our Daily Essential Face Moisturizer locks in all day moisture and maximum hydration without clogging pores or weighing down your skin.


When to Use Face Mask in Routine

Some types of face masks - such as detoxifying and exfoliating masks - are designed to be rinsed off. These should be applied immediately after cleansing your face. If you’re using a mask that’s made to be left on overnight, apply your moisturizer before putting on the mask.


How to Apply a Face Mask

Even though applying a face mask to your skin isn’t an especially complicated process, there are a few helpful things you should keep in mind to have the best experience possible. 


Wear the Proper Clothes

When using a men’s facial mask (especially the first few times), it might be easy to accidentally get some on your clothes. To avoid this, don’t wear anything that covers your neck. It could get a little messy applying and rinsing off your mask, so wear something that’s comfortable but not too loose and won’t get in your way. Or just lounge around shirtless while using a face mask - it makes cleanup easier and that way you won’t get stuck with a wet shirt after.


Clean Your Face

The benefits of face masks will be increased if you cleanse your face thoroughly first. This gets rid of all of the surface dirt and oils before applying your mask. In addition to face cleansing, putting on some eye cream under and around your eyes will protect this sensitive skin from irritation or dehydration.


Apply on the Skin Evenly

Less is more when it comes to a men’s facial mask - you don’t need to pack on a thick layer to get the desired results. Apply it evenly across your face, gently rubbing it on to your skin. There’s no need to get aggressive, scrub your face, or cover ever single square centimeter of your skin. Easy does it.


Let It Sit

The time you’ll need to let your face mask sit on your skin after application varies depending on the specific formula, but for most you’ll have to wait 10-20 minutes to get the full effect. Certain types of masks can be left on overnight, so always check the label for specific instructions and to get the maximum benefits of face masks you use.


Remove Gently

Use warm water and a washcloth to remove your face mask for men. Gently wash all the residue off your face without rubbing your skin too hard. Use a clean towel to dry off afterwards, dabbing (not rubbing) your skin. Repeat the process if you notice any bits of mask left behind on your skin.


How Often Should You Do a Facemask?

Mens face masks should be used up to three times a week, depending on their ingredients and your skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, once a week is probably enough. Guys with oily or acne prone skin will notice benefits from using masks two or three times a week. For most people, you’ll notice a significant improvement in your skin for several days after using a mask


How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Men

Use these tips to determine which kind of face mask is best for your skin and skincare needs.


Skin Type

Whenever choosing skincare products, always keep in mind your skin type and what it needs to look and feel best. And be aware that a mask that’s perfect for someone else’s skin might not work as well for you.

For example, a clay face mask has many benefits - but part of the way it works is by drying your skin. So if you have extremely dry skin and overuse a clay mask, it could be a problem for you. On the other hand, this type of face mask tends to be a blessing for guys with oily skin. It all depends on your situation and needs.



Face mask for men skin ingredients include salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids. They all contribute to exfoliation - the removal of dead skin. But like so many good things in life, the key is moderation. Over-exfoliating your skin can lead to irritation, redness, and inflammation. 

When it comes to the ingredients in our products, we never include anything harmful. Brickell’s aim is always for natural and organic ingredients that are non-irritating but totally effective.



If you shave often, the area where your facial hair grows may be more dry and prone to irritation than the rest of your face. If you notice that distinct parts of your skin react in different ways when you apply a mask, you may want to try using one mask on your forehead and nose (T-zone) and a different formula on the area where your facial hair grows.


Other Routine Products to Combine with Brickell's Face Mask for Men

To enhance the benefits of your face mask, use it in conjunction with these other skincare products and routines.


Advanced Anti-Aging Routine

If you’re aiming to use the best face mask for aging skin, be sure to combine it with our most powerful anti-aging products. Our Advanced Anti-Aging Routine comes with three potent products that firm, smooth, and brighten the skin. It’s best to use them after applying your face mask. That’s because they will restore hydration after the somewhat drying process of using a pore cleansing mask.

Since this routine includes our Restoring Eye Cream, it also helps get rid of under eye bags and dark circles. Most face masks shouldn’t be applied to this area since it’s especially sensitive. Using an eye cream afterwards ensures you still attend to your skin’s needs without causing any unnecessary irritation. 


Purifying Charcoal Face Wash for Men

Use our Purifying Charcoal Face Wash to cleanse your skin before applying a face mask for men skin. Washing your face first ensures that your mask goes onto clean skin and allows it to better penetrate and extract dirt and oily buildup from your pores.


Acne Controlling Face Wash for Men

Do you have especially acne prone skin? If so, our Acne Controlling Face Wash was designed for you. It combines 2% salicylic acid with grapefruit and tea tree oil to reduce inflammation, prevent breakouts, and cleanse your skin. 

Use it before applying your mens face mask. That way you get rid of all the surface dirt and oil. After your face is clean, your mask will be able to better penetrate the pores and have the best effect possible on your skin.


Balancing Toner for Men

Add our Balancing Toner to your face care routine to balance pH levels, minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce oil and shine. This is an essential for guys with oily skin. 

While your face mask and toner compliment each other, they shouldn’t be used at the same time. So use our Balancing Toner in the morning after washing your face and before applying moisturizer. Then, in the evening, wash your face again, use your face mask, and finish up with an anti-aging routine or face moisturizer.              


Why Customers Love Brickell's Charcoal Face Mask

Our Purifying Charcoal Face Mask is a customer favorite thanks to its top quality, natural ingredients that are backed up with extensive scientific evidence. It’s made with:

  • Activated Charcoal - extracts dirt, oil, bacteria, and other debris from the skin
  • Kaolin Clay - deep cleans pores and removes oily buildup
  • MSM - restores even skin tone
  • Vitamin E - delivers antioxidants that help slow visible signs of the aging process
  • DMAE - improves skin elasticity for diminished pores, reduced wrinkles, and tighter skin
  • Hyaluronic Acid - hydrates the skin and locks in moisture (Do you know these 5 key benefits of hyaluronic acid?)
  • Aloe Vera - nourishes the skin with essential vitamins and minerals (Learn more about the benefits of aloe for skincare)
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