Clay Masks In All Their Shapes & Sizes
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Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK.…
If you’re suffering from the condition of your skin, a clay mask can always be an excellent reset. By slapping on some dirt, you can pull impurities out of your pores, minimizing their appearance and even reducing future breakouts. They are a satisfying beauty treatment because you can see the results almost immediately. But with so many different types of clay masks on the market, where do you start?
Luckily for you, we have an edit of the very best options for you. No matter your skin woes, there’s a perfect fit for you amongst these gems.
Best Clay Masks
For cleansing pores
Clay masks can offer a light exfoliation for clogged skin. A recent favourite of mine for doing a cleanse-n-peel in one is the Alya Skin Pink Perfect Clay Face Mask. It feels gentle on the face and never leaves you overly dried out. But don’t let that fool you. It gives dramatic results in terms of reducing your pore size and increasing your natural glow.
Another texture-buster is the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask. This one is a great all-rounder, offering physical exfoliation alongside blemish-busting properties. If you’re not sure which mask to reach for, it’s always a good bet.
Similar (although, in my opinion, a slightly more intense feeling) is the Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. It feels cooling and suctions on the skin. But once you scrub it away, you’ll immediately be able to tell you’re looking more clarified.
For moments of skin mayhem, I absolutely love the Lush Mask Of Magnaminty. It’s calming while also being super refreshing and clearing. It also smells delicious (like mint choc chip ice cream) making it a perfect product.
Best Clay Mask
For a scrub application
I’ve also found myself increasingly reaching for the Gallinée Prebiotic Mask & Scrub. This is quite a strange product, in that I can’t really explain what it does. But I do know that when I take it off, my skin looks better than it did before. I also love a two-in-one, so it gets bonus points.
If scrubbing isn’t for you though, a simple pore-vacuuming affair is likely the best option. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is a total classic in this category. The addition of charcoal really helps draw out impurities buried beneath the skin’s surface. SImilar (although offering even more in terms of suction power) is Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Mask.
Best Clay Masks
For a luxurious application
A new edition to my clay mask arsenal (perhaps suited for those who fancy their clay masks with a side of luxury) is the Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask. Each of these three does that super satisfying thing where they dry down to show exactly where oils and gunk have been pulled out of pores. Which is one of life’s undeniable joys.
Speaking of life’s joys, the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask is certainly one of them. You could be forgiven for thinking this mask is a big gimmick, being that it’s all weird and frothy – but that’s not the case. You apply it, then allow it to foam up, and then remove it. It’s fun, sure, but it also works wonders on clogged pores and blackheads. If you find most clay masks too harsh and drying, this is gentle, but still manages to be super effective.
Best Clay Mask
For a gentle application – *sseditorial approved
Speaking of gentle, my final recommendation is the Inkey List Kaolin Mask. It’s a super simple formulation, but if you want something that clears out pores without any further bells and whistles, look no further. I also find it to be quite balancing – sorting out oily patches without ever leaving me feeling parched.
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Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK. She typically writes about beauty and other "personal aesthetics," with a healthy dose of both social commentary and stupidity. When not touching makeup, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature, and mysteries. Find her on Instagram @anniewaltondoyle.