Clay masks for women abound, but the selection for men is much more limited. If you don’t feel like sharing your lotions and potions with your man, you could suggest he try Evolution Man Resurfacing Clay Mask, which is described as the “closest at-home treatment you will find to a professional facial”. But do so only if he has very oily skin. Here’s why:
What Evolution Man Says
RESURFACE CLAY MASK clarifies the skin by clearing and tightening pores, which instantly brightens, rejuvenates, and smooths out skin texture.
Kaolin, Bentonite, & Alumina
Formed from the weathering of volcanic ash, bentonite has shown, in a 1982 study, to have excellent oil-absorbing properties. Studies conducted by the army have also found it can help in the “decontamination of supertoxic lethal chemical warfare agents on skin“, so claims it can help absorb toxins too may not be as far fetched as first thought. But when it comes to detoxification, it’s your liver and kidneys that do most of the job, so don’t rely on bentonite too much.
Kaolin, another type of clay, and alumina, also have oil-absorbing properties. Together, these ingredients can soak up excess oil from the surface of the skin and the pores, helping to keep sebum production under control. But they can’t remove all the other gunk that clogs pores, like dead skin cells. That’s why this mask can help prevent breakouts, but won’t do much to remove the blemishes you already have.
Derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid belongs to the family of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), a group of substances with exfoliating properties. Glycolic Acid works by dissolving the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, allowing them to be easily removed. After exfoliation, skin looks brighter and more even toned. Fine lines and wrinkles look smaller too.
But that’s not all. Glycolic Acid can also stimulate collagen production, and increase the thickness and firmness of the skin, as well as its hydration (it can attract water from the environment into the skin).
Glycolic Acid works better when left on the skin for hours instead than rinsed off after a few minutes. It is also best suited for dry and sun damaged skin. Oily skin benefits more from salicylic acid, a substance that can penetrate inside the pores, unclogging them from within. That’s present in this mask too, but in a smaller, and therefore, less effective amount.
Witch hazel is somewhat of a controversial ingredient. Although it has antioxidant and anti-irritant properties, it can also irritate skin. That’s because it contains tannins, powerful antioxidants that can constrict blood flow. Add to that the alcohol used in the distillation process, and it is easy to see why this ingredient can cause irritations, especially in people with sensitive skin.
Further considerations on the formula
The combination of oil-absorbing clays, glycolic acid, and witch hazel helps soak up excess oil and keep skin clear, preventing breakouts. But, for some people, it can also be irritating and drying. That’s because sebum is the skin’s natural moisturizer. If your skin produces too much of it, a mask like this is a godsend. But if you have dry or normal skin, this mask will strip too much sebum. That’s never a good thing.
Evolution Man Resurfacing Clay Mask also contains a bunch of powerful antioxidants, such as green tea, vitamin E (Tocopheryl E Acetate) and vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate). However, these are present in small amounts and, like glycolic acid, need to remain on the skin to work their best, so don’t expect them to do much.
Full Ingredient List
Water/Eau (Aqua), Kaolin, Bentonite, Alumina, Glycerin, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Salicylic Acid, Spondias Monbin Pulp Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Extract, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl E Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Rosa Canina Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Fragrance
The Bottom Line
Evolution Man Resurfacing Clay Mask is an effective oil-absorbing treatment for oily skin. It helps smooth and brighten skin, and prevent breakouts. But its powerful formula can be drying and irritating for other skin types.
What’s your favourite clay mask for men?