The Top 9 Clay Masks for Your Clearest Skin Yet
By Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director |
It's no secret that masks are one of the biggest beauty trends of the last few years all across the globe. Not only do they come in a range of formulations, but they also target a variety of different concerns, and one of the biggest is problematic skin (breakouts, dullness, large pores, etc). If that's the case for you, these are our top picks for the best detoxifying masks to reach for on those days when your skin is out of whack and needs some serious attention.
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Moroccan rhassoul clay and 100-percent pure argan oil team up in this whipped formula to do two key skin care steps in one: detox (pores appear smaller) and nourish (skin feels soft and hydrated). One whiff of its yummy mango scent and you'll be eagerly waiting to use it again.
The perfect mask to pamper yourself on a cold day (it even smells like hot cocoa), this antioxidant-packed clay formula heats up on contact with your skin to gently open up your pores and loosen any trapped makeup or dirt that is making your skin look tired and congested.
New skin care brand Nia (its motto is "created for millennials, by millennials") comes from the makers of StriVectin and promises effective formulas backed by science. We're loving this one, a mask that goes on as a foam mousse of sorts and dries down in 10–15 minutes. Peel it off to reveal less noticeable blackheads (thanks to the white kaolin clay) and baby-soft skin.
Keep this double-duty skin detoxifier in your lineup for those times when your skin feels extra stuffy and in need of some serious TLC. In just five minutes (wait for the mask to turn light blue on your skin), a mix of natural bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay works to extract environmental toxins and oil buildup to unveil healthier, smoother skin underneath.
Made with three mineral clays—kaolinite, montmorillonite and volcanic ghassoul—plus skin-soothing eucalyptus, this clarifying mask helps get rid of nasty impurities and excess shine (oily skin types will love this one) without stripping away any natural oils. You'll immediately notice a cleaner, clearer complexion.
Ideal for oily, combination and acne-prone skin, this potent peel-off mask is rich in red clay, which deeply detoxifies skin (concentrate it on areas where pimples tend to form) and reduces the appearance of clogged pores. Use it twice a week to achieve a more luminous look you can feel confident about.
For the vegan skin care lover, this purifying French green clay mask is your best bet. Dirt and grime get kicked to the curb without leaving your skin dry or stripped thanks to powerful humectants, antioxidants and minerals (tea tree, aloe leaf juice, green tea and gotu kola, to name a few). Plus, you can also use it as a spot treatment overnight to take down pesky blemishes by morning.
A troubleshooting trio of zinc oxide, sulfur and camphor goes to work in this bentonite clay–based mask to relieve redness and inflammation that's making blemish-prone complexions look less than ideal. Use it up to four times a week (leave it on for 10–15 minutes) for more even-looking skin and to help prevent future breakouts.