If you assume face masks are reserved for the spa, you are mistaken. Face masks can be a beneficial and relaxing skincare practice, and have made their way into at-home treatments.
We get it man– face masks look like a lot of work, and for what? Generally speaking, men are pretty bad at taking care of their skin, and we exist to change that mindset. With just a simple, 20 minute face mask a week, your skin will be on its way to happier, calmer, and more vibrant days.
Why You Should Use a Face Mask for Men
There are so many face masks out there, so how do you know which one is going to do what it needs to for your skin, and not leave you with an allergic reaction, redness, or irritation? Lucky for you, Disco is in the business of optimizing skincare specifically for men’s skin; which is thicker, more oily, and has a lower pH level to its surface than womens.
Let’s break down the reasons that guys should use men’s specific skincare products. (Hint: it all stem from the fact that men have the hormone testosterone, which affects much of the skin’s reactions, composition, and behavior to certain ingredients.)
Men's Skin is Oily
If you struggle with an oily complexion, or maybe a greasy nose or forehead, don’t fret: you are not alone. Men tend to have an oilier skin type on average, over women. This is because testosterone contributes to overactive sebum production. Sebum is the oil that is emitted from the pores to keep the skin naturally lubricated.
In order to manage that greasy glazed donut look, you need skincare products that use detoxifying ingredients to absorb oil and clear out the pores regularly.
You Need Help with Acne and Blemishes
Adult acne is widely prevalent among men due to oily skin. If oily skin goes untreated or mismanaged by products with harmful ingredients (we’re looking at you, crusty, old bar soap) – breakouts can occur all over the face.
Acne is formed when pores become clogged and then infected by pollutants, oil, bacteria, and dirt. You need a powerful face mask to pull out those nasty pollutants from the skin. With a detoxifying face mask, you can ensure that you treat existing acne and purify clogged pores before they become breakouts.
Your Face Can Get Puffy and Inflamed
You can admit it: after a night of drinking with the guys, you tend to wake up with a puffy, hungover face that feels inflamed. And the hangover headache doesn’t help!
Whether your skin and body is triggered by too much sodium, irritating products, or too much alcohol – a face mask is the best option for reducing the puffy look and calming any existing inflammation and redness.
What Ingredients Work Best In Face Masks for Men
We know you want the luxurious ingredients they use at a real, resort-style spa. Effective and relaxing face masks can utilize these all-natural ingredients, and save you a costly trip to the spa. Try a 20-minute face mask routine from the comfort of your own home.
Charcoal is one of the best ingredients for men’s face masks because it is a naturally absorbent ingredient. This means that its unique properties attract other particles when in contact with them, so the charcoal can draw out impurities from the skin and deep within pores.
By absorbing the toxins in the skin, charcoal draws out microparticles of dirt, bacteria, and oil that could potentially create infections and lead to acne and blemishes.
Bentonite Clay is included in clay face masks as a powerful ingredient in treating oily skin and acne. It absorbs excess oil and grease from the complexion, and is naturally absorbent, similar to charcoal. As an exceptionally gentle ingredient, it’s safe even on sensitive skin.
Willow Bark Extract
Willow Bark Extract holds astringent, anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. It also contains phenolic acids that help with skin rejuvenation.
How to Get Started with Face Masks
Now that you’ve been fairly convinced to get on your face mask game, we’ll walk you through exactly how to fit it into your skincare routine. Just once-a-week will get the job done, and we typically prefer to wear a face mask on a lazy Sunday.
Start by cleansing the skin of any existing dirt, oil, and bacteria from the day or night. Use the Disco Charcoal Face Cleanser Stick to purify the complexion, gently exfoliate dead skin cells, and nourish sensitive, dry skin.
Apply a Face Mask
The Disco Rejuvenating Face Mask is formulated with luxurious and effective all-natural ingredients to detoxify and purify the complexion. Charcoal draws out impurities from the pores and prevents acne, while Bentonite Clay absorbs excess oil from the skin. Willow Bark Extract treats inflammation and redness, bringing balance and zen back to the face.
Scoop out a generous amount of the face mask, and apply to the entire face in an even layer, being careful to avoid the undereye area, mouth, and eyes. Wait for 10-20 minutes for the face mask to completely dry, and then wash off completely with warm water.