8 Detoxifying Clay Masks to Try While You’re Social Distancing
If you have oily skin, chances are you’ve got at least one clay mask in your skin care arsenal. As beneficial as they may be for reducing the appearance of excess oil and shine, there’s no denying the overwhelming amount of options available in drugstore and specialty retailers alike. To make things easier for you, we’re sharing the best clay masks for oily skin from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands, ahead!
While the clogged pores and shiny T-zone that often plague those of us with oily skin are annoying, one of the perks — aside from the age-old rumor that oily skin ages better than other skin types — is experimenting with the sheer number of detox masks at our disposal. They’re fun, easy to use and can target your biggest oily skin concerns. Ahead, we’re sharing some of our editors’ favorite face masks, from clay formulas to more sensitive skin-friendly options, to help you get your oily skin under control. Note: Some products are made by our parent company L’Oréal.
Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask
Attention all multi-taskers: This creamy clay-based formula is infused with charcoal and works as both a cleanser and a mask to draw out impurities like a magnet. When used as a detox mask, skin will feel deeply cleansed and hydrated.
Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask
Even oily skin can get sensitive sometimes. If this sounds like your skin type, you’ll need to find products that are powerful enough to wash away the excess sebum and impurities lingering on your skin without upsetting its natural balance or causing irritation. If excess shine is your issue, but harsher formulas for oily skin typically cause an adverse reaction, try this gentle mineral face mask by Vichy. It’s formulated with two ultra-fine white clays and the brand’s exclusive Mineralizing Thermal Water to eliminate excess sebum, while also maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
If your skin has a shine to it by noon, incorporating a non-drying mask into your routine can help decongest pores, lift impurities and remove unwanted grease. This formula — infused with kaolin and bentonite earth clays — balances its hydroxy-acid blend with aloe and chamomile to calm and soothe the skin.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is formulated with Amazonian white clay to gently draw out oil, dirt and toxins from the skin’s surface. To use, apply a thin layer to your face and leave on for approximately ten minutes. Once dry, gently remove this mask using a warm, wet towel, then pat dry. For best results, reach for this mask once or twice a week.
AcneFree Kaolin Clay Mask With Charcoal
If acne is a big concern, reach for AcneFree’s Kaolin Clay Mask With Charcoal. This mask’s main ingredient, kaolin clay, is a naturally occurring mineral known for its ability to deeply clean pores and refine the appearance of oily-prone skin. This mask works double duty as both a pore-purifying mask and acne cleanser, so you get two products in one.
L’Occitane Purifying Mask
This mattifying face mask helps absorb excess sebum from the skin’s surface without being overly drying or harsh on skin. It’s formulated with olive leaf powder to gently exfoliate skin and slough away built-up debris and dirt on the skin’s surface for a cleaner feel.
Biossance Squalane and Tea Tree Detox Mask
Designed to control excess oil and clarify skin, this detox mask contains two powerful skin-care ingredients. French green clay helps draw out impurities deep within pores, while tea-tree reduces the appearance of blemishes. Squalane helps replenish hydration to leave your complexion calm and soft.