You probably have seen shelves after shelves of female masks in your local drugstore and wonder if you can bite the bullet, be less masculine just for a day, and pick it up. Even so, you might be overwhelmed by all these choices flooded with marketing jargons, ingredients, and at the end of the day you walk away empty-handed.
But first, can a man use a female mask? My answer is yes, BUT not all masks can be used.
Three obvious reasons are:
- Men grow beards
- Men’s skin is 25% thicker than women
- Men skin secret more sebum because of their male hormones.
So, if men want to use a female mask, they need to look carefully into the ingredients and effects that brands claim promote. I’m going to share with you 5 facts for you to look out for when choosing a mask.
Fact #1: Look for Kaolin/Charcoal
Men’s face tend to be oiler than woman as their hormones secretes more sebum/oil. Therefore, look for products that has this kaolin/charcoal. It helps to extract impurities and absorb excess oils from your skin, purifying pores and treating breakouts and acnes. Some research shows that regular usage will balance the sebum production from their skin. Additionally, using it in the long run will give a firmer skin; reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Fact #2: Look for Hyaluronic Acid
Oily skin doesn’t mean that your skin doesn’t need to be moisturised at all. That’s disgusting.
Hyaluronic Acid is incredibly powerful, holding more than 1000x its weight in water. It will help with skin dehydration, intensively moisturising it. When your skin is well moisturised, you would have lesser appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Fact #3: Little Exfoliation required
If you shave regularly with shaving cream, consider using an exfoliating mask fortnightly, as a weekly usage might dry up your face too much.
Fact #4: Men and sheet masks doesn’t match
Men’s face structure is generally broader, hence if you are using a woman’s sheet masks, it might be a bit too small for you. Try to look for generic face masks instead.
Facial masks work better too as the user can still continue with their chores and light activities. If not, you can consider using an overnight mask. Apply and forget about it until the next morning.
Fact #5: Signs that a mask is not for you
If you experience:
- Sticky face after use
- No difference with a before and after
With all that said, you should now be more confident when you walk down an aisle full of mask, pick up a product and understand the ingredients and effects with ease. Do let us know if you want us to review any masks/skincare in the comments below and we can get our guys to give it shot. Sign up on our newsletter to [link].