Applying a mud mask at the end of the day is one of my favorite—and most affordable—self-care musts. It’s great to do after a long work day or a day of events. It will unwind you while cleaning and moisturizing your skin. With that in mind, it’s no wonder they’ve been around for years.
Clay face masks are rich in minerals and vitamins. A slather on your face can be one of the best at-home treatments you can do. Plus, they feel great on the skin, and can be one of the quickest methods for drying out clogged pores. Basically, clay masks are awesome.
However, one size does not fit all. And all clay masks are not created equal. Some gently exfoliate the skin, while others plump the skin. Some use a specific clay from one country, while others source clay differently. The point is that these differences matter. Below, we have gathered the best clay masks we have tried, or come with recommendations from highly-qualified expert friends. Happy masking.
Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask
We are starting with one of the most expensive ones on the list. But rest assured, it absolutely delivers. Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask is rich with French green clay, evening primrose, blackcurrant seed, and sacha inchi.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Mask
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Mask has been popular in the Korean beauty scene for years for instantly removing blackheads and providing a clearer-looking complexion.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask
The clay in the Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask is sourced from Umbria, Italy, and is mineral-rich, thoroughly cleansing and purifying the skin. Sandalwood oil, chamomile flower, and lavender water are also included to calm and soothe your complexion.
Olay Pore Detox Face Mask Clay Stick with Black Charcoal
Although we love mud masks, they can be quite the mess. But with Olay Pore Detox Face Mask Clay Stick with Black Charcoal stick and kaolin, the mask will zip and zap up zits and exfoliate dead skin without the mess. The formula also lets your skin feel ultra hydrated and plump. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse off. Finish with a massage to full absorb into skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten is a mix of pure clay and charcoal to draw out impurities, dirt, and oil. AKA, stock up.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask
White clay is the hero ingredient in Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask. The clay dives deep into skin to clean pores out from the inside out.
There really is nothing like doing a face mask. If you’re more of a non-believer, or someone who prefers, say, sheet masks, we hope we’ve put the can’t-miss effects of clay masks on your radar. (Plus, they’re a great way to fight against maskne).
For more skincare tips, read up on why you need to add serum into your skincare routine.
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