Mud On Your Face Is Not A Disgrace: 10 Of Our Favorite Muddy Masks

We’re on an endless quest for the next miracle beauty product – that’s a given. And, although it seems like a new breakthrough formula is constantly threatening to replace last week’s beauty phenomenon (we’re looking at you, plasma injections!), there are some tried-and-true formulas that we keep coming back to. Case in point: mud masks.
We know you’ve heard of them and, chances are, you tried one out during a teenage slumber party, at some point. So, what exactly is the point of smearing deep-sea residue all over your T-zone? Annet King, director of global education for The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, says mud and clay masks are the perfect antidote for oily, congested skin: "They deeply clean the skin by removing blockages from pores, which helps to refine them and keep them clear. They also soak up excess oil to give your skin a clean, clear, and matte appearance."
Sounds like sound reasoning to us! King also recommends using mud masks – which often contain bentonite (a clay that balances by removing toxins), silt (an absorbent soil deposit), or charcoal (to clean out pores) – one or two times a week, or before a long day when you'll need your makeup to last.
We scoured our go-to troves for
the most effective T-zone tacklers out there, so settle in with your Netflix queue (a glass of wine is optional!) and get to slathering.
Photo: Courtesy of Formula 10.0.6
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AHAVA Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask, $31, available at Nordstrom.
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Glam Glow Super-Clearing Mud Mask Treatment, $69, available at Sephora.
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Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask, $5.99, available at Ulta.
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Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque, $38, available at Dermalogica.
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Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, $23, available at Kiehl’s.
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Osea Cleansing Ocean Mudd, $16, available at Osea.
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The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, $22, available at The Body Shop.
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Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask, $9.39, available at Boots.
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Wei East Golden Root Renewal Revitalizing Mud, $38.50, available at Wei East.
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Kerstin Florian Clarifying Moor Mud Masque, $35, available at Kerstin Florian.