Clay masks are typically found in spa skin treatments, but that doesn't mean you can't use them at home. The best clay masks, as designated by beauty experts, condition your skin by extracting dead skin cells and other contaminants that may dull your skin or clog pores. Use a clay mask regularly and you may notice a healthy looking, natural glow to your complexion.
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Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing
Kiehl's clay mask is formulated from bentonite mined from the midwestern U.S. and Canada. InStyle magazine's beauty editors recommend it as a prime way to purify your skin, saying it helps pull oil and impurities from your skin for a naturally fresh feeling.
Ahava Purifying Mud Mask
Ahava's mud mask, sourced from the Dead Sea in Israel, comes in various formulations intended for different skin types. Beauty expert Paula Begoun says this mud-and-clay product can be helpful for removing excess oil, though it may be so efficient that she doesn't recommend it for dry skin.
NuSkin Epoch Glacial Marine Mud
Begoun named the Epoch Glacial Marine Mud treatment one of the best clay masks available from department stores. (Reference 1, page 1168) It's sourced from clay swirled with marine minerals and skin conditioners like algae extract to help remove skin impurities and exfoliate your skin surface while feeding your cells.
Bioré Self-Heating Mask
Cosmopolitan magazine's beauty editors recommend Biore's slef-heating mask as one of the top oil-absorbing clay products for blemish-prone, combination skin. Biore makes it with zeolite and kaoline and says the warmth may help to open your pores to more efficiently remove oil, debris and other cosmetic products.
Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
SkinCeutical's clay mask treatment earned a place in InStyle magazine's list of 2009's top beauty products. Dermatologist David McDaniel, who reviewed the clay product for the magazine, said its combination of debris-removing clay and glycolic acid helps to soothe, cleanse and remove blemish-causing bacteria without leaving your skin feeling overly dry.