12 clay masks to clear and comfort your skin

While you don’t need one every day, your skincare routine is incomplete without a clay mask. This underrated multitasker helps to deep clean, brighten, calm the skin, and even revive its texture in one step. Typically, DIY clay masks were functional and considered best to manage acne-prone, oily, and combination skin but they have a reputation for leaving a dried texture. Enter, modern formulations that pack in the benefits of high-performing clays such as – bentonite, kaolin, fuller’s earth, rhassoul – with hydrating ingredients in comforting textures, making it a win-win for all skin types. For best results, don’t let them dry out completely, keep them on for fifteen minutes or less and use them twice a week.

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x

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Formulated with sebum-absorbing volcanic clay from Jeju Islands in Korea, it effortlessly removes blackheads, grime, and dead cells to reveal skin that’s soft, smooth and calm. Its creamy texture is deeply comforting as it doesn’t tug or pull even as the mask dries up.

Daughter Earth Hemp + Vitamin E Purifying Mask

Image may contain Cosmetics Wedding Cake Food Cake Dessert and BottleHere’s a purifying mask that unclogs pores and soothes inflamed skin in under 5 minutes. The unique combination of silica-rich algae, diatomite earth, kaolin clay along with nourishing hemp seed oil and vitamin E, is a pick-me-up for all skin types.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

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Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this vegan clay mask tingles slightly on the application, but don’t let that deter you. Containing bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil, it keeps the acne at bay and leaves skin smooth and soft.

Sugar Cosmetics Power Clay Stick Mask – Brightening

Image may contain Cosmetics and LipstickA creamy blend of soft diatomaceous earth and detoxifying kaolin in a bullet format makes this mask super easy to apply. You can use it under the eyes or on the full face. The grapefruit extracts in the brightening mask revive dull, tired skin.

Sulwhasoo Herbal Clay Purifying Mask

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This high-performing mask contains mugwort, heartleaf houttuynia powder, along with six types of soothing herbs. It also has PHA, second-generation naturally derived facial acid, which helps to remove the top layer gently without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Quench Mon Cherry Brightening Pink Clay

12 clay masks to clear and comfort your skinIf you have dry skin, then add this to your shelfie stat. Its hero ingredients–kaolin and glycerin help unclog pores, tighten skin, and lock in moisture. It doesn’t leave your face feeling stretched instead, you feel relaxed and radiant.

Nourish Mantra Holy Basil & Neem Vardaan Mud Mask

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If you are looking for a clarifying mask that reduces the appearance of acne and soothes redness, then this mask with tulsi and neem leaves is a must-try. With the combination of tea-tree and amyris oils working on pimples and fine lines simultaneously, this mask is a multitasker.

Global Beauty Secrets Turkish Rhassoul Mud Mask

Image may contain BottleExperience the benefits of Turkish Hammams at home with this top-to-toe mask that packs in the goodness of rhassoul, a magnesium-rich clay derived from the Atlas Mountains. Mix the dry clay with hot water or rose water to turn into a paste and apply evenly on the scalp.

Skyn Organic Co. Brazilian Volcanic Green Clay Facial Mask

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Brazilian volcanic green clay is excellent for banishing pesky zits and instantly soothing inflammation. This gender-neutral mask helps remove oiliness, manage sweat patches, and minimise the damage caused by pollution.

BrownSkin Play Dough Red Algae Face Mask

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The innovative pairing of red algae and red clay, jojoba oil, grapefruit peel, and cedar wood works to cleanse and manage sebum production and control breakouts. As a bonus, you have iron-rich beetroot extract, which gives the skin a healthy glow.

Neemli Naturals Four Clay Gentle Face Mask

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For the best of all worlds, turn to this mask with a collection of four clays –French pink, red, green and rhassoul– blended with tea tree and lavender oils that purify the skin without making it dry and flaky.

Nykaa Clay It Cool- Daily Detox Clay Mask

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With clays and charcoal powder, this mask helps to pull out the toxins and regulate oil production. Use it with your PM routine to soften the skin and keep it supple and smooth.

This article first appeared in Vogue


  • Aparrna Gupta

    Transitioning from crafting stories for The Asian Age and Bombay Times to setting beauty trends in Verve, Aparrna Gupta’s journey has always revolved around resonant storytelling. Her prowess in content creation is unparalleled, with articles featured in renowned publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel India, Lifestyle Asia, Elle, and Femina. She also excels in content ideation, trend identification, mood board creation, and product styling. Her expertise has proven invaluable to homegrown brands, enabling them to authentically connect with their audience.

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