Guys, if you haven’t discovered clay masks, you’re choosing to live with inferior skin. Like a lot of skincare trends, the use of natural ingredients such as volcanic ash, bentonite clay and kaolin clay started in the women’s beauty world, but there are now a ton of fantastic clay face masks for men, too.
We’re not trying to say you have inferior skin, but we are saying that the best clay masks for men are a great addition to your grooming regimen. The best clay masks are known for their deep-cleaning, grime-absorbing, oil-grabbing power. Clay masks are any facial skincare products with clay minerals that naturally remove impurities from your skin, usually over a period of minutes, while the mask dries on your face. As a result, the best clay masks for men aren’t quite as harsh as other masks and cleansers.
That’s one reason these masks are so popular for men dealing with acne. Blackheads are just accumulated grime in the pores on your face skin and clay masks naturally pull that grime out, no harsh chemicals necessary.
Furthermore, many clay masks will also include other ingredients intended to soften and hydrate your skin, ensuring that the mask takes away the bad stuff while leaving the good stuff.
The end result? Suppler, smoother, more evenly-toned skin. All you have to do is put the mask on your face, sit tight for between 5 and 15 minutes (times vary from mask to mask, so definitely read the instructions) while the mask dries, and then rinse your face.
So given the benefits clay masks can provide, we rounded up a few choice skincare products. Some of the options are unisex, but we also found the best clay masks from our favorite men’s grooming brands, too. Check them all out below and pick one up to try for a couple of weeks. Once you feel the difference, you’ll be sure to keep a clay mask in your bathroom cabinet from now on.
1. Baxter of California Purify Clay Mask AHA for Men
Baxter of California is a SPY favorite for its all-around excellent grooming line, and the Baxter of California Purify Clay Mask AHA for Men is one of the brand’s best products. (SPY’s grooming editors named it the Best Clay Mask in our 2020 Man awards feature.) Bentonite and kaolin clays rejuvenate your skin and complexion, removing impurities, while aloe and calendula extract soothe and hydrate inflamed skin. Just rub it in, let it dry for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse. This mask goes on thick, which is what you want in a clay mask, but the witch hazel leaves your skin feeling refreshed. Repeat daily for best results, and we think you’ll notice a difference after only a few days and agree the Baxter mask is the best clay mask for men.
2. New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask
For a straight-up mud mask, like the kind you see in fancy spas, check out the New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask. It’s got all the mud and kaolin clay you need to cleanse, exfoliate and tighten your skin as well as a whole bevy of ingredients, including jojoba and sunflower oils, shea butter, vitamin E and aloe, to ensure your skin stays supple and hydrated. Use it twice a week for best results, but it’s mild enough to use daily if you’re confronting chronic skin issues like dryness or acne.
3. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
There’s nothing we love as much as great value and budget-priced products, so if you’re looking for the best clay masks on a budget, check out the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Depending on your tribe, the very un-politically correct name of this famous clay mask is either a positive or a negative. Putting aside the name, this super cheap skincare mask has developed a cult following for its low price and benefits to the skin.
With Aztec Secret, you get 1 pound of straight-up natural calcium bentonite clay, no filler, fragrances or additives. All you have to do is mix the clay with equal parts apple cider vinegar or water to make the clay malleable, rub it into your face, let it dry for no more than 10 minutes and then rinse it off for deep pore cleansing on the cheap. If you have more sensitive skin, Aztec Secret recommends doing a test patch first and not leaving the mask on for as long.
4. Proactiv Amazonian Clay Mask
Proactiv makes great unisex facial care products, and the brand has earned its reputation for making some of the most effective acne treatments on the market. For men and women who love clay face masks, the Proactiv Amazonian Clay Mask is top-notch. Made with bentonite and kaolin clay, this mask will absorb impurities, clean and shrink your pores and fight acne in the process. Shea butter and natural oils also work to leave your skin feeling softer and more hydrated. Proactiv recommends using the clay mask two to three times a week, letting it dry for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Be aware Proactiv also recommends wearing SPF 15 if you’re going outside after using the mask because some of the ingredients can make your skin sensitive to UV light.
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5. Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Mask
BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
In our experience, Cetaphil anything works great for any kind of skin. When it comes to the best clay masks, the unisex Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol Purifying Clay Mask is another great Cetaphil product. Bentonite and Amazonian clays target clogged pores and exfoliate away dead skin cells. At the same time, apple fruit extract hydrates your skin for maximum softness. Leave it on your face for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse and pat dry two to three times a week for best results. Be aware this clay mask is creamy and won’t dry on your face.
6. Anthony Deep Pore Cleansing Clay
Amazon’s Choice basically algorithmically recommends high-quality products and we couldn’t agree more with the choice of Anthony Deep Pore Cleansing Clay. The kaolin and bentonite clays really tighten the pores and natural ingredients and vitamins soften and rejuvenate the skin. Some reviewers did note that this mask might not be best for those with sensitive skin, but overall, this is one of the best clay masks for that sweet, smooth, tight skin sensation.
7. Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser
BEST CLEANSER / MASK
Jack Black is one of the better luxe men’s skincare brands out there, and we appreciate this facial cleanser that can also be used as a clay mask. Use the Jack Black Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser just to get cleaned up or leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse for unclogged pores and fresher skin.
8. Wolf Project Men’s Mud Sheet Mask
BEST CLAY SHEET MASK
Wolf Project is a new men’s grooming brand, and we’re excited about this newcomer. For the simplest and easiest-to-use clay mask, turn to a sheet mask like the Wolf Project Men’s Mud Sheet Mask. It wouldn’t be a clay mask without kaolin and bentonite to remove impurities while vitamins restore and preserve your skin’s natural moisture. Use it once a week and leave it on for 15 minutes for straightforward skin maintenance. The five-pack of masks might be a little pricey, but they are the best clay masks for dudes just sticking their toes into the mask game.
9. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Face Mask
BEST TEA TREE MASK
Who doesn’t love tea tree oil? And in pretty much anything? The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Face Mask puts the tea tree forward to cool and soothe skin while kaolin clay absorbs impurities and excess oil. It’s one of the best clay masks for acne and blemished skin as well as the signature tea tree cooling sensation. Once or twice a week, spread it around your face, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Be aware the mask won’t dry on your face, but that doesn’t mean it’s not working.