10 Of The Best Clay Masks For Every Budget!
We’re calling it: clay masks may be one of the most underrated skincare formulas. Period. What other product can you actually see working its magic, unclogging, and detoxing your pores in less than 15 minutes? Plus, they’re SO easy to do at home, which is ideal when getting a facial isn’t an easy option! With that said, not all masks are created equal and it’s important to pay attention to the type of clay in the formula, as well as the added ingredients, as not all masks are created equal. To save you from scouring the internet, we rounded up 10 of our fave clay masks that draw out toxins, oils, and dead skin debris, leaving you with a radiant glow.
This powder clay mask has achieved cult status over the years and is adored by beauty fanatics and celebs alike. The 100% natural bentonite clay is sourced from volcanic ash, which is rich in beauty-boosting minerals including brightening vitamin C and acne-soothing magnesium.
For a pore-refining treatment that’s ideal for oily and combo skin types, mix one tablespoon with equal parts apple cider vinegar to create a paste – it’ll draw out any unwanted oil lurking in your pores, leaving your skin brighter and pores tighter. If you have normal or acne-prone skin, we love mixing this with rose water, or alternatively, make yourself a cup of green or chamomile tea, and use a couple of spoons of the brewed tea to turn this powder into a paste.
If you’re looking for a do-it-all formula, this is it. Not only does this mask contain pore-refining, oil-absorbing properties but the French pink clay will also encourage cell renewal and improve levels of elasticity for plumper, softer skin. The formula also boasts rosehip oil, which is bursting with fatty acids and omegas, as well as chamomile flowers to soothe inflammation.
3. The Inkey List Kaolin Mask, $7
The Inkey List is our go-to affordable skincare brand, and this clay mask is the bomb. Powered by kaolin and smectite clay, it gently exfoliates dead skin cells and absorbs breakout-inducing oils. Whether you have dry, oily, or acne-prone skin, this gentle treatment will leave your skin purified and glowing, without drying out the skin thanks to glycerin and sunflower seed oil. In fact, if you have oily skin it’s gentle enough for daily use. All for $7… That explains our obsession.
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This all-natural mask combines the power of detoxifying organic rhoussal and bentonite clay, exfoliating oat extract, and anti-inflammatory marshmallow extract. Unlike other water-based masks, this formula is oil-based to provide an extra surge of healing, plumping hydration, making it ideal for even dry skin types. Sidenote: We love the story behind this Black-owned beauty brand and the fact that they use all-natural, organic ingredients. Check out some of their other skincare goodies here.
Love clay masks but hate powdered formulas? This airy mask has a whipped, buttery consistency that feels so luxurious on the skin. However, don’t let its creamy texture fool you, as it contains tiny pieces of volcanic clusters, which combined with kaolin clay, work like a magnet to draw out toxins and impurities from your skin. It’s also enriched with AHAs and BHAs that work together to dissolve dead skin cells and decongest pores, leaving you with a radiant glow. It’s the ultimate detox for your skin!
6. Freck Foreclay Cactus Clay Mask, $22
This indie brand is one of our faves, not only because their product names are just brilliant, but because their formulas are too. This clever mask utilizes cactus flower extract to prevent surface moisture loss while kaolin clay gently cleanses and pulls impurities from the pores. Prickly pear seed oil, bursting with essential fatty acids, helps calm inflammation and redness as kelp extract is rich in antioxidants that help protect against external aggressors and daily pollution. Just 15 mins of Foreclay and your skin is refreshed and ready, plus the tube is huge, so you get plenty of product for your dollar!
If this is the first time you’ve heard about Black-owned brand, Anita Grant, then you need to check their stash ASAP! They have an insane collection of haircare and skincare at really affordable prices, and this 100% bentonite clay mask is just one of their amazing multi-tasking products.
Packed with over 70 naturally-occurring minerals including antioxidant-rich vitamin C, potassium, and silica, which is required for healthy hair growth, this mask rebalances and resets your skin whether it’s applied to your scalp or as a face mask. We like to use it on our hair whenever our scalp is feeling greasy or our hair is looking lackluster, but it also works wonders for your face too. Simply mix equal parts water and apply it to your scalp or face.
In just one use of this award-winning mask, be prepared for immediately decongested pores and smoother and brighter skin. Packed with Australian pink clay to purify your pores, oil-fighting witch hazel, kelp to soothe and heal irritation, and pomegranate and mangosteen extract to boost cellular turnover and brighten the skin, this mask does it all! It also comes with a mini brush for fuss-free, easy application.
Made from 100% natural ingredients, this mask and mist combo will help address a myriad of skin concerns, from excess oil to redness and inflammation. Formulated with clarifying and brightening green clay, calming aloe, detoxifying mint, and nourishing oregano oil, the powder works to rebalance your skin and restore skin health. We love the DIY concept of this mask, which comes with clay powder and anti-inflammatory chamomile water, which you mix together to create your mask.
K-Beauty is founded on one basic principle – hydration. So as you’d expect, this clay mask is not only fueled by clarifying bentonite clay to degunk pores and remove dull dead skin, but it also features a blend of hydrating heroes. Formulated with soothing wild child, strawberry, and licorice extract, it’ll clarify and pamper the skin. After just 15 minutes, your skin will feel baby smooth and look clean and refreshed.
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