What’s the quickest way to instantly shrink the appearance of pores, make your skin feel baby-soft, and look even glowier? The answer is muddy–no, literally. Mud face masks have been around almost as long as skincare has (a long time), and they’re one of the most effective exfoliating skincare products in your arsenal. While traditional clay masks tend to be more drying, today’s mud masks are typically water-based, making them super hydrating as well as detoxifying.
Whether you have oily skin, blackheads, sensitive skin, or fine lines, there’s a mud mask out there made for your skin type and needs. Ready to start your search for the perfect mud mask? Look out for natural ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, and clay. And for some expert facial mask guidance you can count on, scroll down for our round-up below of the 10 best mud masks, according to Ipster reviews from past Glam Bags.
This mud mask and spot treatment combo gives you the flexibility to target pimples and blackheads whenever and however you need. That’s what makes this GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment a favorite of Ipsters and IPSY Editors alike. “Such a fun mask. It truly felt like it deep-cleaned my face after one application!” one Ipster wrote. Ideal for combination skin, acne-prone skin, and oily skin types, the “Super Six” combination of surface-exfoliating acids work to clear pores of blemish-causing debris while the signature TEAOXI eucalyptus leaf blend delivers antioxidants to glow-up your skin.
Whether you need to absorb excess oil or exfoliate clogged pores, the purifying power of this dead sea mask by AHAVA has got your back. One Ipster wrote: “it is definitely a great mud mask and did not over-dry my skin like other mud masks can.” With moisturizing jojoba seed oil, skin-firming vitamin B5, chamomile extract, and a host of revitalizing minerals, you can rest assured this gentle purifying mask will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.
The Dead Sea produces some of the world’s most mineral-rich mud and Ipsters can’t get enough of it for their skin. This dead sea mask by GRACE & STELLA stands out for its ability to increase blood circulation in your skin–the key to smoothing fine lines, flushing out acne-causing toxins, and boosting radiance. Ipster @Boohound22 wrote, “I loved this mask! It made my skin feel so smooth and it had a vibrant glow the next day that was amazing!” Apply a thick layer to your face, leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water for smooth, glowing skin.
This innovative anti-aging peel-off mask and mud mask combo from GLAMGLOW turns from white to chrome as it dries, leaving skin feeling supple, firm, and youthful. “OMG. My face was a pearl! Beautiful!” wrote Ipster @anjid22. It also comes with a handy application brush so you can effortlessly paint on the purifying mask and peel away impurities within minutes.
One of the most luxurious mud masks on this list, the LA CHLORIS URBAN BOTANICS Morroccan Rose Mask heals sensitive skin and reinforces its natural protective barrier. It’s all thanks to skin-smoothing pink clay and oil-absorbing kaolin clay joined together with a blissful rose scent. Ipster @Dancejc2791 wrote, “I love this mask, especially the smell. Helped with my redness.” A great choice for combination skin types or easily-irritated folks, the formula packs a purifying punch but goes on silky-smooth. “It’s creamy and soft. Love it!” another Ipster agreed.
Cool off with this menthol-infused face mask from Korean beauty brand JJ YOUNG. Niacinamide fights acne, kaolin clay de-clogs pores, and fruit extracts (like pomegranate, fig, and ginkgo) illuminate dull, dark areas of your skin. Ipster @shawgrizzle noticed an immediate effect. She wrote, “my skin looked really dull and dry prior to use. After I washed off my mask there was a significant difference in the texture and glow in my skin.” Vegan and paraben-free, pop it in the fridge before using for a guilt-free, extra cooling rush.
Stressed? Tired? In need of a mood-boosting pick-me-up? This 10-minute facial mask from PURLISSE has everything you need to feel like you took a mini trip to the spa. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich blue lotus extract soothes your skin, mushroom extract brightens, and white clay purifies your pores. “It's amazing for balancing out redness and shrinking pores. I use it 2x a week and have noticed an increase in glow,” Ipster @adiddy wrote.
GLAMGLOW’s exfoliating skincare products have made this list three times and it’s no surprise why. This YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment is a bestseller for its gentle resurfacing exfoliation (thanks to volcanic rock) and youth-boosting collagen synthesis (thanks to green tea leaf extract). “Love this product, it made my skin feel so tight and youthful,” said one Ipster. One of Ipsters’ favorite choices for normal skin, combination skin, and oily skin alike.
Hemp seed oil is a super versatile moisturizer, delivering hydration to all skin types without clogging pores. That’s why we couldn’t leave this SOO’AE Hemp Dreams Mud Mask off of this list. Coconut extract hydrates, bentonite clay and kaolin clay detoxify pores, and green tea leaf reduces redness. Apply a thin layer to your skin, let it sink in for 15-20 minutes while you relax, and rinse it off with warm water to reveal newly-smooth, soft skin.
Getting clean, clear skin means getting a little dirty first. That’s where this PUR COSMETICS Dirty Girl Mud Mask comes in. Salicylic acid sloughs off dead skin cells and impurities from your skin’s surface while pascalite clay (a form of bentonite clay) absorbs excess oil from inside the pores for a brighter complexion. Gluten-free and free of parabens, all skin types will love this combination of brightening and firming all-natural ingredients.
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