Grooming

The best face masks to give your face a pick-me-up

While daily scrubs and serums are cabinet essentials, there's nothing like a deep cleanse to rejuvenate your skin. Here's our pick of the best face masks for men to get the job done

Worried your chiseled mug has lost a little of its lustre? Usually a well-chosen exfoliator is all you need to freshen things up, cleanse your pores and get shot of any dead skin. If you really want to get serious about sprucing up your complexion there’s only one grooming necessity for the job: a face mask.

Consider the humble face mask as the ‘break in case of emergency’ item in your bathroom arsenal. One that compliments the moisturiser and fragrance you'll apply on the daily. For maximum effect you’ll want to use a face mask one or twice a week, but nothing else compares if you just want to spruce up your skin in a jiffy. Especially since most of the products we’ve gathered here take only 15 minutes to bolster your debonair charms.

Simply spread on these thick creams, let them do their cleansing work while getting shot of any dirt and pollutants that might cause you acne. Then either wash or peel off the mask to be done with it. Yup, that easy. So consider these men’s face masks from Bulldog, Tom Ford and the like as a new grooming essential to help you look your best.

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask

This hi-tech mask, targeting deep-set wrinkles head-on, takes a triple-level approach to hydration. A Hydra-Infused complex restores moisture and helps reduce water loss; Aqua Shuttle Technology slowly releases a blend of algae and humectants to maintain optimum hydration levels for 24 hours; and a unique Line Fighting Complex helps combat the appearance of wrinkles, lack of firmness and elasticity. Apply with a mitt (it comes with) and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing. Great for mature skin.

£120 for 50ml. At Harvey Nichols. harveynichols.com

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Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Mask

A fantastic, multitasking product with great efficacy, this mask can be used as a quick-fix mask (leave on for three to five minutes), a face wash and an on-the-spot breakout treatment. A fusion of Umbrian clay, which has a high mineral content and gives it its hedonistically luxurious texture, sandalwood oil, known for its astringent properties, and chamomile flower and lavender water, both known to soothe, it's particularly good for oily skin and those with enlarged pores.

£49 for 100ml. fresh.com

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Baxter Of California

While this mask has the nostalgically gritty, almost chalky feel of a traditional clay mask, its endgame is deeply, and unexpectedly, hydrating. A detoxifying action, triggered within natural kaolin and bentonite clays, strips away unwanted oils and dirt from deep within the pores, managing breakouts and imperfections as it penetrates. Extracts of aloe, avocado oil and goldenseal leave you feeling refreshed and your skin smooth and nourished. Leave on for ten minutes and then rinse clean. This is particularly good as a treatment for problem skin.

£18 for 100ml. At Mankind. mankind.co.uk

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Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Heat Mask

A very effective all-rounder that is good for dullness, fine lines, uneven skin tone and texture. With quite the backstory, containing mineral rich thermal waters from the Hungarian spas owned by Peter Thomas Roth’s grandparents, it is also one of the quickest and most gratifying to apply. Smooth a generous amount on to dry skin, leave on for two to three minutes and then activate an invigorating rush of deep penetrating heat (to open your pores) by wetting your fingertips with cool water and gently massaging. Then rinse off immediately. A complex cocktail of Hungarian botanicals, such as peach, apricot, sunflower and rosehip seed combined with Merospheres-V (bioengineered from Rosemary extract) and Gatuline RC (bioengineered from beech tree bud extract).

£50 for 150ml. At Look Fantastic. lookfantastic.com

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Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask

Concentrated levels of vitamin A, C and E with linoleic acid make this mask a great option for anyone with stressed-out skin, looking for an instant radiance booster. Antioxidant vitamin C and E also help shield skin by building a barrier to block out free radicals. A deeply hydrating dose of algae extract helps resuscitate skin texture, while pro-vitamin B5 helps revive tired, grey-looking complexions. Botanical extracts of liquorice, burdock and comfrey reduce inflammation, so it's great for the more sensitive among us. Rinse off ten to 15 minutes after application and use when required as opposed to too regularly.

£42 for 75ml. At Harrods. harrods.com

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Kiehl's Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask

It is the distinctive texture and playful application that gives this deeply nourishing mask its stand-alone uniqueness. It comes out of the jar as a chunky guacamole-like consistency, turning to a rich and smooth cream when warmed in your palm with your fingertips. Infused with naturally derived ingredients, such as avocado fruit extract, avocado oil and evening primrose oil, it is fragrance free, good for all skin types (including sensitive) and is easy to apply – just leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse.

£36 for 100ml. kiehls.co.uk

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Le Labo Face Mask

This vegan-friendly formulation, part of the extensive, expanding skincare line from niche fragrance house Le Labo, is a great “does what it says on the tin (in this case, glass jar)” performer. Enriched with charcoal, to help draw out impurities, bitter almond and radish seed (which help repair) and suitable for all skin types, its main benefits include detoxifying and rebalance. It also, not that this should sway us, will look pretty tidy on your bathroom cabinet. Leave on in a thin layer for ten minutes before rinsing and towelling dry.

£32 for 100ml. At John Lewis. johnlewis.com

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Keihl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

A proper pick-me-up of a face mask. This Deep Pore Cleansing product from Keihl's concentrates on sprucing up your skin while whisking away any impurities and pollutants it might have accumulated. The killer ingredient here? The casually exotic Amazonian Clay that's used to minimise and freshen up your pores while removing excess dirt and oil.

£26 for 125ml. debenhams.com

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Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask

A face mask that's specifically designed to give spots and acne a good seeing to. This chamomile-infused cream from Aesop is best applied when those first red blemishes crop up. Its blend of clays and plant-based ingredients will then get to work on the inflammation while soothing your skin to stave off any discomfort.

£31 for 60ml. selfridges.com

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Oil Control Face Mask by Bulldog

Bulldog’s Oil Control Face Mask isn't just made out of any old clay – that's Cornish clay you'll be slathering over your face, as well as witch-hazel, willow bark and juniper. Plus, it only takes 5-10 minutes to do its work.

£6 for 100ml. bulldogskincare.com

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Intensive Purifying Mud Mask by Tom Ford

Part of Tom Ford's personal weekly grooming regime, this intensive mask will draw out excess oil and toxins while diminishing fine lines. Watch the mask work while massaging into skin, turning a light grey. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

£50 for 100ml. At harrods.com

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Face Putty Black Peel-Off Mask With Activated Charcoal by Barber Pro

This peel-off mask is ideal for acne-prone and oily skin types. Using activated charcoal, the mask cleans deep into pores, drawing out impurities and blackheads. It takes 10 minutes to work its magic – after that, simply peel away.

£24 for 90g. At mankind.co.uk

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