The one face mask everyone should try
Regardless of your skin type or concern
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / February 15 2019
Whether you’re trying to overcome existing skin concerns or simply want to indulge in a #selfcaresunday, a face mask is often the best go-to. And while there is a plethora of different masks that all promise to treat a multitude of skin issues, one of the best and most effective categories you need to invest in is clay masks.
Why you ask? Despite having a reputation as only being suitable for those with oily or combination skin that’s congested or prone to breakouts, clay mask benefits are more wide-spread than that, with many formulated to tackle a range of concerns such a redness, inflammation and dry and dehydrated skin.
But with a market flooded with different options all promising to overhaul your skin, it can be hard to choose the best clay mask for you. That’s where we come in. Read on to discover the best clay face masks for all your top skin concerns.
The best purifying clay mask
Clay masks can, unfortunately, be really messy. But First Aid Beauty has managed to solve that problem with the Skin Rescue Purifying Mask. After the red clay has purified your skin, regulated sebum production and unclogged pores, all you have to do is gently peel the mask off. No rinsing equals no mess! We’re also big fans of its formula, which is packed with skin protectors like glycerin to hydrate and an antioxidant booster that helps protect the surface of your skin from environmental aggressors.
The best detoxifying clay mask
Black charcoal as well as montmorillonite, ghassoul and kaolin clays are hard at work in this mask, effectively drawing out impurities (such as dirt, oil and pollution) and detoxifying the skin’s surface. Plus, the formula doesn’t dry down completely, so you can leave the mask on for up to 15 minutes without worrying about your skin feeling tight or dry.
The best brightening clay mask
If the damaging effects of winter have left your skin looking a little dull and sallow, a brightening pick-me-up may be in order. Generation Clay’s Brightening Mask utilises both kaolin and bentonite clays to purify and nourish skin, while locally sourced Davidson plum rejuvenates dull, tired complexions and lightens darks 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.
The best hydrating clay mask
Our pick: Minenssey Hydrating Mask
Previously, clay masks haven’t been well-known for their hydrating properties, however, that’s all set to change with this offering from Minenssey. Formulated with white clay, flannel flower and rosella, this ultra-nourishing mask – that can be worn for 20 minutes and washed off or left on overnight for a deeply moisturising treatment – gently detoxifies, soothes irritated, sensitive and acne-prone skin, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, skin is left feeling thoroughly moisturised plus bright and radiant in appearance.
The best acne clay mask
A cult-favourite clay mask for acne, the Aztec Healing Mask claims to be the ‘world’s most powerful facial’ and while that’s a BIG claim, apparently the hype is real - it’s Amazon Australia’s number one best-selling face mask and their second top-selling beauty product across all categories! How to use it: The deep pore-cleaning 100 per cent natural calcium bentonite (green) clay mask just needs to be mixed with water or apple cider vinegar before slathering it on your skin.
The best sensitive skin clay mask
Our pick: 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.
The best all-rounder clay mask
Our pick: Murad Blemish Control Clarifying Mask
Even if you’re lucky enough not to have skin that’s prone to acne and blemishes, don’t let this product’s name turn you off. Regardless of whether you have current blemishes or not, the powerful combination of kaolin and bentonite clays in Murad’s Clarifying Mask help to draw out impurities, absorb excess oils and purify the skin. Liquorice extract is also at work to calm and soothe irritated skin and alleviate redness, while antioxidants defend against harmful free radical damage. How’s that for a multitasker?
What’s your favourite clay mask? Let us know in the comments below.
Main image credit: @cindycrawford
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.