Clay masks to improve skin clarity and make you feel fancy

The best kind of face time.

woman mud on face
You, too, could look this glamorous.Isabell Winter via Unsplash

Consider clay masks a vacuum cleaner for your skin, drawing out impurities and oils and leaving a more flawless appearance. You’ll probably feel it working, too—most clay masks harden after they set. They take just ten minutes to work their magic: minimizing the appearance of pores and revealing cleansed skin—just don’t forget to follow-up with a hydrating moisturizer. Most are very budget-friendly, too. Below, some of our favorites.

New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask
Rich, mineral-assisted clay safe.Amazon

The Dead Sea is located at the lowest sea level of any body of water on earth, and is full of minerals that supposedly improve your skin. This particular product gets a boost from herbs and oils that benefit skin, including aloe vera, chamomile extract, sunflower seed, and jojoba oil. Bonus: it’s gentle enough for use on all skin types.

Freeman Facial Mask Variety Set
A set of clay (and other) masks to exfoliate and polish skin.Amazon

Out of the four masks in this variety pack, two are clay masks: the wonderful avocado and oatmeal clay mask with a creamy finish, suitable for normal and combination skin, and the Dead Sea minerals anti-stress mask, which reveals softer skin beneath. You’ll also get to try the exfoliating charcoal and black sugar mask, and a refreshing cucumber peel-off mask. It’s a good set for people who are averse to commitment.

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
This foaming choice makes pore-clearing delightful.Amazon

Regular clay masks aren’t enough for you? How about one that foams and bubbles up while you apply? This mask touts the usual pore-clarifying properties of most clay masks, but will also foam up wildly as you apply it. The mask reacts with the oils in your skin for this tingling, tickling effect. It’s a novel experience.