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The formulas are the kind we always have on rotation. Why? Because clay (like kaolin, bentonite, or volcanic ash) soothes, absorbs oil, and even exfoliates, which makes it a superhero for congested skin. We love this mask from Boots Botanics for its clarifying willow bark extract that instantly de-greases and mattifies skin.
Boots Botanics Ionic Shine Away Clay Mask, $9.39, available at Target.
Regardless of how far mask innovation goes, few things beat the satisfaction of applying a paste to your face, waiting for it to harden, and then peeling it off like an excess layer of skin. This particular mask has a metallic-like sheen, and is filled with good-for-you ingredients like coffee beans and ginseng.
Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask to Refine and Refresh, $26, available at Sephora.
You actually pull this iron-based mask, which fights free radicals caused by pollution, right off your skin using a triangular magnet. It's The. Coolest. Thing. Ever.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Magnetight Age-Defier, $75, available at Dr. Brandt Skincare.
This gem lives up to its splashy name. After cleansing your face, simply mix it with some water, and splash (or, pat) it onto your face. It's great for the on-the-go beauty fan and will get you out the door faster than any other mask on the list — guaranteed.
Blithe Patting Splash Mask in Soothing Green Tea, $45, available at Glow Recipe.
Foaming masks are the latest craze to add to the Korean mask fervor. These clay masks from Dr. Jart+ are meant to transform into foaming cleansers upon contact with water. In my experience, there was very little foaming action, but as clay masks, they purify and exfoliate skin like a dream.
The smart pastel packaging alone is enough to make me swoon. The minimalist tube helps keep the smooth clay formula from drying out. Best of all, the trio can be used simultaneously to answer to the needs of different areas of the face. For example, my forehead needs all the moisturizing help it can get from the pink formula, which uses a combination of white and red clay. The oilier areas definitely benefited from the green formula, which uses green French clay, known for superior absorbency and removing oil, toxins, and impurities from the skin. And the white formula is the gentlest, and great for sensitive or dry, parched skin (a.k.a., my cheeks).
Best of all, the formulas leave skin feeling velvety smooth instead of the usual tight, uncomfortable sensation characteristic to clay masks.
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay, $35, available at Sephora.