Generally, clay masks are typically found in spas for skin treatments but you can also use it at the convenience of your home. These clay masks condition your skin by extracting dead skin cells, pull dirt and oil and remove other contaminants that can cause dulling of the skin or may clog pores. Using this clay mask regularly will provide you a healthy looking skin and gives natural glow to your complexion. Here are examples of the best clay masks for skin care.
#1 – Ahava Purifying Mud Mask
Originating from the Dead Sea in Israel is the Ahava’s mud mask which is available in several formulations for the different types of skin. Paula Begoun who is a beauty expert says that this mud and clay product is very helpful in removing excess oil thus it is not recommended for dry skin.
#2 – Biore Self-Heating Mask
According to the beauty editors of Cosmopolitan magazine, Biore’s self-heating mask is one of the best recommended top oil absorbing clay products for blemish-prone, combination skin. Zeolite and kaoline of Biore has the warmth that may help open the pores so that the oil, debris and other cosmetic products can be efficiently removed.
#3 – Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing
The Kiehl’s clay mask has the ingredient bentonite which comes from the mid western U.S. and Canada. Beauty editors of InStyle magazine suggest Kiehl’s lay mask as the number one mask that can be use in purifying the skin as it helps pull the oil and other impurities from the skin to have that natural fresh feeling.
#4 – NuSkin Epoch Glacial Marine Mud
Begoun says that Epoch Glacial Marine Mud treatment is one of the best clay masks. It contains marine minerals and skin conditioners such as algae extract and helps remove skin impurities and exfoliates the skin surface and at the same time feeds your skin cells.
#5 – Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
You can also find Skinceutical’s clay mask in the list of InStyle magazine in 2009’s top beauty products. As mentioned by David McDaniel, a dermatologist who reviewed the clay product of the magazine, the combination of the debris removing clay and glycolic acid aids in cleansing and removing blemish-causing bacteria without leaving the skin completely dry.
#6 – Aveda Outer Peace Cooling Masque
This clay mask aids in soaking up excess oil on the skin and leaving the skin with a smoother look and feeling as stated by Paula Begoun. It was recommended to apply Aveda once a week and you can also add herbal extracts like saw palmetto to soothe the skin as well as to condition your skin’s health.
#7 – Skin Medica Calming Masque
This clay mask was rated by InStyle magazine in 2009 as the best clay for sensitive skin and Rosemarie Ingelton, a dermatologist, said that the natural extracts like the antioxidant-rich green tea helps the skin to heal.
#8 – St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask
According to a New York aesthetician Elena Arboleda who is a writer for Glamour magazine, St. Ives’ clay firming mask is an effective and at the same time inexpensive remedy for large pores. It makes use of kaolin clay which is especially effective and has natural minerals like copper and potassium which enhance skin’s appearance.
#9 – Avon Shine Fighter Oil-Control Mask
If you are experiencing shiny face due to excessive oil production, you can use Avon’s oil-control clay mask according to Begoun. It contains clay and silica ingredients that suck oil, leaving your skin with matte finish instead of oily. It contains antioxidant too which is derived from apricots to lessen the damaging effects of free radicals.
These are but some of the clay masks you may include in your skin care regimen. Consider them a must-have in your beauty routine.