Whether you have a beard, mustache, or a goatee (please say you don't have a goatee), applying a face mask can sometimes feel a little tricky. Do I rub it into my facial hair? Should I avoid my beard? Should I mask before or after I shave? The questions can seem endless.
Here are a few general rules and tips for face masking with facial hair.
To Mask or to Not Mask
Facial hair can offer more than just a styling opportunity; it can also provide protection from the elements that cause blemishes, dry skin, and signs of aging. If cared for properly, a beard, mustache, etc. can make the need for a face mask not necessary for the covered areas of your face and neck.
However, if you get breakouts or deal with dry skin hidden beneath your facial hair, you may want to target facial hair areas with a mask too.
Picking the Right Mask
When applying a face mask to areas with facial hair, the first step is to make sure you have a mask type that works well with facial hair. There are a few basic types of masks: dry clay masks, cream masks, sheet masks, and peel-off masks. (You can read more about each type here, in our Q&A about face masks.)
The best types of mask for areas of skin with facial hair must be able to make contact with the skin and not pull or attempt to remove hair. This rules out peel masks and limits sheet mask to guys with hair that's on the shorter side (a three or lower when you shave with an electric razor). To be safe, dry clay masks and cream masks are best.
Applying the Mask
Apply a face mask to freshly shaved skin. Be sure to wash your face and facial hair thoroughly and pat dry.
If your facial hair is short, you should apply a face mask right over your hair, make sure to get the mask to make contact with the skin. Wait the directed time and then was off with cool water.
If your facial hair is on the longer side, part the the hair with your fingers and then work the mask around and into the the roots. Leave the mask on for the advised time and then wash it out, you may want to do this in the shower, it may make things a bit easier.
For the best results and overall better looking, healthier skin, repeat your face mask application weekly. You can check out our facial hair friendly masks here and check out our Q&A about face mask here.