When it comes to skin types and concerns, a face mask can transform and treat all kinds of problems. From tired, blotchy and dehydrated skin to blemished, dull and congested skin. A clay mask is great for anyone - from those with acne prone skin to sensitive skin. Clay masks are particularly known to treat acne, with most formulated for oily skin and spot-prone skin.
Clay masks are available in a variety of different formulas and consistencies and the type of clay used will also determine the masks’ effectiveness – some will exfoliate, some will work to reduce redness and acne, others will nourish the skin. Below are clay masks that feature varying forms of clay including mud, green, red and white clay formulated to fight against excess oil, irritated skin and acne. Use one a few times a week and you’ll notice a big difference in your complexion.
Continue reading on for the best clay masks the beauty world has to offer.
Sand & Sky Porefining Face Mask
The Sand & Sky pink clay mask quickly became a cult product following its release last year. Made with natural Australian botanicals, the pink clay mask is an instant detox mask that tightens pores, invigorates a dull complexion and instantly boosts - leaving you with that skin feeling.
Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask
If you're looking to clear acne, look for a clay mask that contains bentonite clay, which is known for its ability to purify the skin and draw away oils, toxins and dirt that clog pores and cause acne. Generation Clay’s Brightening Mask utilises both kaolin clay and bentonite clay to purify and nourish skin, while locally sourced Davidson plum rejuvenates dull, tired complexions and lightens dark circles and pigmentation. For added benefits, the formula has also been packed full of vitamin E and desert lime to protect against free radical damage and boost collagen production.
L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Mask
The L'Oréal Laboratories have combined 3 Pure Clays with the magnetic properties of charcoal to create a mask that detoxifies and brightens the skin. Charcoal acts as a magnet to draw out impurities and blackheads. The creamy texture of this deep cleansing, purifying mask leaves the skin tone visibly detoxed and brightened.
Charlotte Tilbury's Goddess Skin Clay Mask
Goddess Skin Clay Mask features ingredients to tighten pores, moisturise skin and clear imperfections, leaving the complexion brighter. The mask formula combines Spanish clay with Sweet Almond oil to nourish skin, while BioNymph Peptide Complex promotes collagen and elasticity.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask
"Cult-favorite" doesn't even begin to explain the hype around this face mask. Aside from the endless Amazon reviews and YouTube's dedication to celebrating this mask, celebrities like Lili Reinhart have also spoken about its incredible benefits. Made with 100% calcium, this might be the holy grail of clay masks. It is ideal for cystic acne or severe cases, as it is very powerful. The Aztec Secret cult clay mask uses sun-dried calcium bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar, which leaves users with 'pulsating' skin.
Clarins SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask
Clarins SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask is ideal for combination to oily skin types to help promote a healthy, mattified, balanced complexion. This cream-paste textured mask purifies skin, while added Alpine Willo Herb helps to remove impurities, reduce pore size and minimise shine. By using this 10-minute power mask, skin will be left feeling clean, purified and radiant.
Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask with Jojoba Oil
Specially formulated to deeply cleanse and purify skin, Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask with Jojoba Oil is a must-have treatment for oily and acne-prone skin. Containing a powerful blend of natural ingredients and cosmeceuticals, the potent white clay face mask works as a blackhead extractor and pore cleanser to draw out impurities and reduce the longevity and severity of breakouts.
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay
This mask treatment delivers immediately visible results akin to a professional treatment. In just 20 minutes the mask detoxifies and deeply purifies the complexion by drawing out skin impurities with a potent concentration of red clay. The treatment mask peels away dead skin, leaving the complexion looking smoother, softer, and refreshed while pores appear visibly reduced. Red clay contains a great deal of iron oxide, an ingredient that boosts cell production to help skin rejuvenate faster.
Sukin Sensitive Pink Clay Facial Masque
The Sukin Pink Clay Masque combines all the things you look for in a clay mask - oil-absorbing and purifying - while still being gentle on sensitive skin types. Aloe vera helps soothe and heal damaged skin while chamomile protects against inflammation.
Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque
A mud mask that helps to purify skin and visibly minimise pores. Formulated with Amazonian White Clay and bentonite to gently draw out oil, dirt and toxins that clog pores. The addition of Oatmeal and Aloe Vera helps to soothe dry skin, leaving it fresh.
Karuna HydraMUD Sheet Mask
Hydrate and soothe dull, dry and irritated skin with this cooling and a calming green clay sheet mask, infused with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to deeply moisturise the skin.