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Repair Your Pores: Use a Men’s Facial Mask

by Matthew Taylor Ruggieri on February 22, 2014.

Feel like you’re battling blemishes, blackheads or clogged pores? A face mask is one of the best weapons for battling acne and oil-prone skin because they’re great at sucking up excess oil. Masks can be used to moisturize, detoxify, increase circulation and replenish nutrients.

Face masks often include kaolin clay to provide a deep cleanse and antioxidants to help revive the skin. What is kaolin clay? It’s a mild clay used in beauty products and is considered to be suitable for all skin types. It exfoliates, cleanses and increases circulation. In fact, it is one of the best skin care treatment that helps reduce production of sebum, the main contributor to greasy skin. Kaolin clay simply helps in mineralizing the dry areas of the skin. It also draws out impurities from the skin without removing natural oils.

So you’re going to give it a shot…

First, figure out when you want to use it. It’s going to take time, so plan accordingly. You should only use a mask 2-3 times a week, so figuring out when you want to use it is important. We suggest applying before shaving and in the morning (versus at night.)

Splash warm water onto your face and then pat dry. Apply the face mask and leave it on your face for 10-20 minutes. The skin will and should feel tight as the mask absorbs the excess oil.

Once you’re done, wash it off with warm water. Make sure that you apply a moisturizer after using a mask, because you want to make sure that your skin is rehydrated. If you don’t, your body will overcompensate and will often produce more oil than you had before.

We suggest trying:

KYOKU FOR MEN LAVA MASQUE
$22.50 – 5 fl oz

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Matthew Taylor Ruggieri

Men's skincare expert at The Motley. Dreamer of the golden dream. Fan of Bob Dylan, Jean-Luc Godard and Richard Avedon.