Face masks are on the rise, and when you combine that with the rise of men's skincare, you're in for a little confusion with what products to use. As someone who loves products and also has sensitive—problematic skin, I'm always on the hunt for the best products to incorporate into my [daily] skincare routine. Part of that routine includes using masks; I have oily skin, so I use masks that help reduce the oil, as well as clear my pores. Now, in the past, I haven't been a fan of face masks because they typically irritate and break you out more, but after doing a ton of research and trying a few different products, I've found three different face masks that perfect for oily skin. Jump below to see which three you should be using and be sure to watch the video for a quick breakdown of each.
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Indian Clay Mask
The Aztec Healing Clay Mask is one of the most buzzed about masks on the market and rightfully so. So, what is it? The only ingredient it contains is; calcium bentonite clay — a clay that's highly absorbent and helps remove excess oil and residue from the skin. It's recommended to mix this powdered clay with either organic apple-cider vinegar or water; the clay alone with not kill acne-causing bacteria, but the combination of clay-and-vinegar can help reduce it.
How to use
Now, if you have sensitive skin as I do, I recommend mixing both water and ACV because ACV alone will be too strong for your skin. Take a full tablespoon of powder and mix with one tablespoon of vinegar or water or a combination of both. Apply evenly to face, about one-half-inch thick; let dry for 15 to 20 minutes or five to ten for sensitive skin. Your skin with fill tight and pulled, this is normal. Once completely dry, wash with warm water and immediately apply moisturizer. NOTE: Your skin will be red 30 minutes to one hour after use. Use this mask as needed, but no more than once a week.
Available on Amazon
Formula 10.0.6 Peel Mask
Peel masks are another type that's all the buzz right now. Formula 10.0.6 has created a mask that isn't as harsh as the others and helps fight against dull skin, blemishes, and blackheads. It's formulated with papaya and citrus which helps removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and banish breakouts to leave a smoother, radiant complexion. The scent is fresh and pretty powerful, so if you have sensitivity to fragrance, avoid using this.
How to use
Apply a thin layer to a cleansed, dry face avoiding the eye and eyebrow area. The product is [very] thick and will not dry if you apply too thick of a layer; after about 15 minutes the mask will dry and become tight; peel off upwards starting from the jawline. Once completely removed, rinse with lukewarm water and follow up with a moisturizer. You can use this mask one to three times a week on alternate days.
Available at Target or any local drugstore
Kiehl's Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
By far one of the best face masks I've used and my go-to when I need a good cleanse without any harsh reactions. The Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque contains Amazonian White Clay and is formulated to purify the skin, and minimizing your pores. This mask will not dry you out or leave your skin irritated but will give you a deep cleanse.
How to use
Apply a thin layer to damp, clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Allow the mask to dry (approximately ten minutes), and gently remove with warm water and your go-to cleanser. It's recommended to leave the mask on for ten to fifteen minutes, but for an extra cleanse, I leave it on for 30-45 minutes. You can use this mask one to two times a week.
Available at Kiehl's
Watch the video below for a quick recap, and let me know in the comments what your go-to mask is.