Here’s How a Clay Mask Actually Works (And Why Your Face Needs One Stat)

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Most beauty trends fade away after a few decades (or a few seasons), but clay masks have been around for centuries for a good reason. As an all-natural skin care treatment, clay masks are great for cleaning out the pores, tightening skin, evening out discoloration and even treating acne because the clay helps to pull out excess oil, toxins, and dead skin cells that can cause breakouts. Plus, clay masks can often include ingredients that brighten the skin and reduce the signs of aging as well.

Regardless of your skin type, clay masks are a great addition to your skin care or men’s grooming regime, with benefits that can help those with problem skin and even those who are just genetically blessed. They’re also easy to use, with ingredients gentle enough that the mask can be applied one to three times per week without much irritation. Simply apply a clay mask evenly to clean skin using your fingers, wait for 5-10 minutes depending on the mask, rinse off, pat your skin dry with a towel, and follow the mask with your favorite moisturizer.

We all need pampering, so why not give your face a little TLC with some clay?

1. AcneFree Kaolin Clay Detox Mask

The soft, white clay is mixed with Vitamin E and charcoal to help to clean pores and treat oily skin, with the mask a great option for teens and adults suffering from acne. Use twice per week as a mask or twice per day as a cleanser during breakouts.

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2. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

We love the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask thanks to its ability to treat five major skin issues, including tightening pores, removing excess oil, exfoliating, enhancing skin tone, and cooling the skin. Made from volcanic ash, which sounds pretty cool, Innisfree is geared towards treating oil-prone skin, offering a deep cleansing treatment.

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3. Australian Pink Clay Beauty Warrior Face Mask

We love the Australian Pink Clay Beauty Warrior Face Mask as a natural, vegan clay mask option, with the mask featuring no parabens, artificial preservatives or synthetic chemical ingredients. Using hibiscus flowers and Australian clay, which is naturally high in vitamin C and antioxidants, the detoxifying and restorative mask helps to brighten and moisturize the skin, leaving you with a luminous glow.

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4. Anti Aging & Refining Clay Mask by Eve Hansen

The Anti Aging and Refining Clay Mask by Eve Hansen uses turmeric root extract, cranberry seeds and rosehip oil in its Bentonite Clay mask to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in vitamins E, C and A, the anti-aging mask draws out toxins left by makeup and excess oil, while helping to calm redness, inflammation and dark spots.

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