Mask on, mask off

Sure, it looks weird. But a good face mask is also the fastest way to look bet­ter than ever.

Esquire (Singapore) - - GROOMING -

If you’ve no­ticed a surge of creepy masks on In­sta­gram lately, Hal­loween hasn’t come early. You’re look­ing at the well­groomed man’s se­cret weapon: the sheet mask. Why are guys so ea­ger to re­sem­ble Han­ni­bal Lecter? Be­cause once the mask

comes off, its ben­e­fits re­main, namely a po­tent cock­tail of vi­ta­mins and hy­drat­ing agents that’ll bring the most rav­aged mug back to glow­ing health. If sheets aren’t your thing, try an oil-sap­ping clay mask or a mois­tur­is­ing cream one; ei­ther can de­liver vis­i­ble re­sults in about 15 min­utes. Think of them as the fifth gear to your moisturiser’s cruise control. Just what you

want after a late night at the of­fice (or the bar).

Do you be­lieve in tak­ingcare of your­self? We don’t en­dorse all ofPa­trick Bate­man’s pro­cliv­i­ties, but the manwas ahead of his time when it came to skin­care.

Grown Al­chemist Hy­dra-Re­pair Cream-Masque This mask/moisturiser hy­brid (use a nickel-sized amount daily, or slather it on once a week) is rich in oil-bal­anc­ing botan­i­cals and hy­drat­ing hyaluronic acid.USD48.47; www.net-a-porter.comTom Ford In­ten­sive Pu­ri­fy­ing Mud Mask The mood ring of mud masks, this thick, clay-based for­mula turns light grey as it ex­tracts oil, dirt and tox­ins straight from your pores. USD61; www.sephora.com

Verso In­tense Fa­cial Mask Feel­ing worse for wear? This quench­ing sheet mask is packed with der­ma­tol­o­gist favourites like retinol and ce­ramides to help re­duce wrin­kles. SGD135; www.es­cen­tials.com

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