Clay mask. It sounds like an expensive spa treatment that your girlfriend or sister might get on her birthday. Fair, but there’s a lot more to clay masks. Believe it or not, clay masks are great for men and we’ll help you understand why. Give us a few minutes of your time, and we’ll show you not only why men should use clay masks, but how to pick the best clay mask for men’s skin.
Clay Masks for Men 101
What is a clay mask?
A clay mask is a detoxifying facial treatment that draws out impurities. Impurities can clog pores leading to acne, or irritate skin leading to a dry, red, or flaky face. This treatment involves putting a specially formulated clay on your face, waiting 10 - 20 minutes, and washing it off. It’s a great part of any man’s regimen, and should be used once or twice a week.
What are the benefits of a clay mask for a man?
Some people find the application of the clay mask a relaxing experience. They like being able to feel the mask working. But even if you can’t find it in you to get into a spa-mindset for a few minutes, you’ll get all the other benefits of the clay mask. While the clay mask is on your face, it does a bunch of good things:
- It permeates the top layers of skin for a deep cleansing
- It draws out impurities that a facial wash alone cannot get to
- It tames oil production
- It tightens pores for a more smooth look to your skin
- It relaxes sensitive or inflamed skin
- It rehydrates and nourishes skin
- It enhances blood circulation, promoting more youthful skin
Many men miss out on the benefits of a clay mask because it is not part of their weekly skin regimen. By adding this step one or two times a week, there are multiple benefits you’ll see in your skin.
Why should a man use a clay mask?
In general, women have more of a reputation for taking care of their skin with a variety of products from cleansers to moisturizers, and masks to exfoliants. But the thing is, men have skin too. Why wouldn’t guys want to take care of their skin as best as possible? We all get older and we all deal with sun exposure and other harsh elements. And besides that, the majority of guys are usually not wearing any kind of cover-up or complexion corrector. So the products you use to get your skin clean and healthy, are all you really get to count on for looking good.
Men can benefit from clay masks because these treatments can help reduce oily skin, soothe skin that gets irritated from shaving and products, and hydrate dry or flaky skin. Although you do not often hear men saying “I’ve gotta get one of those clay masks on tonight,” if you start using them, you’ll quickly find out why other men like them.
Check out a few quotes from other men who use our clay mask:
“I never thought I'd be that guy to put on a mud mask, even though the Wife tries to make me do them with her. I love how when the mask dries up it tightens my pores and leaves my skin indescribably smooth. I will be a customer for life.”
“Face mask works well and does what it is supposed to do. My skin has been getting healthier since I started using this and it leaves my face feeling softer.”
“GREAT for all skin types. Men with ingrown hairs will love the exfoliation!”
What skin types does a clay mask work well for?
A clay mask works well for all men’s skin types. It is appropriate for men with oily skin because the Kaolin clay targets oil production within the pores. Men who use clay masks often find that their skin is less oily. Clay masks are also great for men with dry skin, because the clay allows for penetration of moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera. Men with combination skin and normal skin also find great benefits to clay masks in terms of reducing signs of aging and improving circulation.
How would I use a clay mask?
Ok so you’re sort of on board with the idea of a clay mask but not sure if it’s worth your time. Let’s go a step further. If you are going to use this mask, what’s the deal: is a clay mask hard to put on? Is this going to require an hour of drying time? Is this stuff hard to get off? Here’s how you do it:
- Wash your face.
- Dry your face.
- Apply a thin, even layer of the clay mask. (Do not rub the clay in - just put it on your skin.)
- Leave the mask alone for 10 - 20 minutes while it dries.
- Rinse your face well with warm water, and rub in a circular motion to get all the clay off.
It’s really not difficult or time consuming.
What is the best men’s clay mask?
We would argue that the best clay mask for men is Rugged & Dapper’s Detoxifying Mineral Clay Mask. It eliminates impurities with premium natural & organic ingredients like aloe vera, spirulina and sea kelp. This clay mask is formulated to allow men to combat blackheads and breakouts, while also controlling oil and shine. Not sure if it works for your skin type? Not a problem: our fragrance-free product is great for all skin types. We are confident that you’ll really dig our clay mask. And to make sure you’re confident too, we offer a 60 day, 100% satisfaction + effectiveness guarantee. If you purchase a product from our website, and you are not satisfied, we will refund your money.
DOs and Do NOTs for men applying a clay mask
- DO work the clay mask into your routine 1 or 2 times per week for best results.
- DO wash the clay off after 10 - 20 minutes. Leaving it on for a longer does not bring extra benefit.
- DO moisturize after you wash the clay mask off. We suggest Age + Damage Defense Facial Moisturizer.
- Do NOT use a thick layer. A thin layer is plenty and will help your clay mask product last longer.
- Do NOT wear expensive, dry-clean-only clothes when you put on a clay mask. It can be a little messy if you’re not really careful.
- Do NOT rub the clay into your skin, you want the clay on top of the skin.
Men should take care of their skin in order to lessen the signs of aging, soothe irritated skin, and combat breakouts. A clay mask for men is one of the unsung heroes of a great skincare regimen. We’re talking about 10 - 20 minutes once or twice a week (besides, you can do other stuff during that time like check your email, read the paper, or fix your fantasy football team). If you haven’t tried a clay mask before, give it a shot. You can learn more about our detoxifying mineral clay facial treatment mask here.