Like any facial mask, mud masks are used to detox, purify the skin and bring out a new glowy appearance you deserve. No matter your skin type, there exists a perfect mud mask for you to try for an at-home clarifying treatment and a deep facial cleansing.
Our today’s article is about the best facial mud masks for every skin issue, as well as the right way of using them for the best results. We discuss all the differences between clay and mud masks, the benefits of using the latter, as well as bring you a couple of DIY mud masks that really work.
Mud Masks Skin Care Guide: Contents
• 15 Best Mud Masks for Every Skin Type and Issue
• How Do Mud Masks Work?
• Clay vs. Mud Masks: All the Differences to Know
• Mud Mask Benefits for Your Skin
• Choosing the Right Mud Mask For Your Skin
• How to Use a Facial Mud Mask
• A Couple of DIY Mud Face Masks to Try
As cure-alls for all your skin problems, these 15 mud masks have been tried and tested and are supposedly some of the best options available on the market.
1. Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask
This is one of the best mud masks even for dry skin types. It contains Irish moor mud to nourish the skin, as well as clarifying clays, charcoal, and volcanic ash. This mask cleanses and refreshes the skin while leaving it glowing and hydrated. It is available for sale at Sephora.
2. Ahava Purifying Mud Mask
This all-natural purifying and refreshing mud mask contains Dead Sea silt, rich in minerals, along with a blend of clays to purify and pull oils from the skin. It’s a great mask for oily and combination skin types, as it clarifies the skin and tightens the pores, while also loading the skin with moisturizing oils and extracts. You can pick it up at Nordstrom.
3. Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask
Mud masks can also be anti-aging. In this case, this excellent mud mask combines purifying clays with skin-lifting peptides, along with a host of natural hydrating ingredients, to treat all skin types and prevent premature aging. Reviewers rave about its ability to minimize pores and improve the overall tone of the skin. It can be purchased at Sephora.
4. Borghese Fango Brilliante Brightening Mud Mask For Face & Body
This nourishing mask is an example of when “mud” and “clay” are used interchangeably, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it works beautifully. It purifies the skin while infusing it with botanical extracts, vitamins, and proteins, to make the skin youthful and energized. It can be applied both to the face and body, and can work for all skin types. You can buy it online through Dermstore.
5. Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask
This is one of the best mud masks for oily skin types that also need some exfoliation. It is primarily made of clays, but it also contains purifying charcoal, along with resurfacing salicylic acid and pumice to physically exfoliate the skin. You can find it at Ulta.
6. Glamglow POWERMUD Dualcleanse Treatment
This unique mud mask gives the skin a deep cleanse, without irritating or over-drying it. It’s an excellent choice for dry and sensitive skin types, as it includes a whole host of natural skin-moisturizing and soothing ingredients. After use the skin feels soft and supple, and the pores appear tiny. It is available for purchase at Sephora.
7. ClarityRx Rehab Mediterranean Detoxifying Mud Mask
This powerful clarifying mask combines different kinds of mud along with clay, and it’s ideal for combination and oily skin types. Hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil make sure this mask never dries out the skin, but just leaves it clean and fresh. It is sold online via Dermstore.
8. Sheamoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask
This mud mask combines all kinds of different clays with astringent extracts and African black soap, making it one of the best mud masks for acne-prone and oily skin. It helps to purify and tighten the pores, leaving them clean and minimized. It also soothes broken-out skin with white willow bark extract. It is available for sale at Ulta.
9. UltraLuxe Mud Lavender Mask – Clear
This mud mask combines kaolin, sulfur, and silt to help prevent acne breakouts and excess oiliness in the skin. It also contains soothing lavender to calm down redness and irritation. It’s a great choice for those with oily and acne-prone skin. It is available online through Dermstore.
10. Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask
This mask is all about the kaolin and bentonite clays, to purify and mattify the skin. It’s ideal for oily skin types, and it’s great as a morning mask for anyone who needs a pick-me-up. It stands out as one of the few masks on this list of the best mud masks that comes in an easy-to-use squeeze tube, rather than a jar. You can buy it from Ulta.
11. Eminence Organic Skin Care Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment
This mask utilizes Hungarian mud to load the skin up with minerals, while a collection of natural extracts tone, stimulate, and hydrate the skin. This mud mask can work for most skin types, but it’s not recommended for those with sensitive skin. It is sold online at Dermstore.
12. bareMinerals Skinsorials Dirty Detox Skin Glowing & Refining Mud Mask
This nourishing mud mask contains shea butter to moisturize the skin, along with kaolin clay, volcanic ash, and silt. It can work for all skin types, since it is oh-so-nourishing yet deep-cleansing. It leaves the skin feeling soft and the complexion clear. You can find it for yourself at Ulta.
13. FarmHouse Fresh Splendid Dirt Nutrient-Rich Mud Mask
This is a probiotic take on mud masks that tighten the pores while nourishing and balancing the skin. It contains yogurt cultures along with bentonite clay, papaya enzymes, and glycerin. It leaves the skin cleansed without totally stripping it of oils. It is available online through Dermstore.
14. Pixi by Petra Glow Mud Mask
This purifying mud mask combines kaolin clay with Dead Sea silt and diatomaceous earth to purify the skin. It helps eliminate blackheads and tighten the pores, without overly drying out the skin. It comes in a convenient skin tube. If you’d like to try it, you can find it at Dermstore.
15. PÜR Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque With Pascalite Clay
This gentle mud mask works in a few ways to purify and soothe the skin while keeping acne at bay. It includes a touch of exfoliating salicylic acid and a whole collection of minerals and clays to clarify and deep cleanse the skin. Buy a tube of this mask online at Dermstore.
Mud masks are skincare masks made of mud, or its components, usually along with other skincare ingredients. These face masks work double duty to both deep cleanse the skin and to load it up with a lot of beneficial nutrients.
Mud masks usually include either just clays like kaolin and bentonite clay, or they might include muds from different places like the Dead Sea (in which case the mud is very rich in salt) or moors in Europe. These muds are comprised of clay, minerals, and decomposed plant matter. You will often also see charcoal show up in various mud masks.
Mud masks are known for their ability to purify, mattify, and deep clean the skin, usually thanks to the clays that are either added to the mask, or exist as part of the mud that’s in it. Additionally, since mud is naturally comprised of many different minerals, when applied to the skin those minerals are able to have a positive effect on the skin, improving its tone and overall functioning.
While sometimes even the beauty brands don’t really know the difference between mud masks and clay masks, it’s always important that we know what we’re putting on our skin as consumers.
Often the terms “mud mask” and “clay mask” are used interchangeably, although you’ll usually see a more moisturizing formula in mud masks, along with a blend of ingredients that will include both clays and other raw materials taken from the earth like silt or peat. You could say that all clay masks are mud masks (even if they’re not marketed as such), while not all mud masks are clay masks.
In addition to clays like kaolin or bentonite clay, you will also see mud masks show up with specific ingredients like peat or charcoal. At other times you might see “Dead Sea mud” or “Hungarian mud”, in which case you’re getting a mixture of soil taken from that specific area. Those muds are often made of a blend of sands, clays, and decomposed plant material.
• Nourishing: Natural muds are filled with beneficial minerals for the skin, including calcium and magnesium. They are said to boost the skin’s healing capabilities by neutralizing free radical damage. This also means that they have some anti-aging properties.
• Cleansing: Mud masks, especially ones reinforced with charcoal or clay, are able to pull impurities from the skin. They give the skin a deep cleanse, and the help to clear our blackheads and sebaceous filaments from the pores.
• Astringent: Mud masks, especially when their formula also includes witch hazel, work as astringents to tighten the pores. After using a mud mask you will notice that your pores, in addition to being cleaner, are also less visible.
• Mattifying: Mud masks with a lot of clay will have a mattifying effect on the skin. Clays like kaolin and bentonite are deeply absorbent, so they pull excess oil away from the skin, and thus help prevent breakouts and take away shine.
• Boosting Other Ingredients: Mud masks are never just comprised of muds and clays. They also contain other beneficial ingredients to the skin. The skin is able to absorb a lot from the mud masks, since they sit on the skin for so long, so they are an excellent delivery system for all kinds of ingredients.
Based on your skin type, you should take into account these notes to choose the right mud mask for you!
Best Mud Masks for Normal and Combination Skin
If you have a normal or combination skin type, you definitely want to go for a middle-of-the-road mud mask that won’t dry out your skin but will still work to clarify it. Mud masks with clays are okay, but you want the clays not to be at the very top of the ingredients list.
Blends of mud, clay, and some skin-nourishing ingredients are the best way to go, as they will give your skin a balanced treatment.
Best Mud Masks for Dry Skin
Even with dry skin you can still use mud masks, since they are a great way of delivering hydration to the skin. Look for a mud mask made primarily of mud or silt, and with very little to no clay.
The mask should also include skin-nourishing oils or hydrating ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Make sure to moisturize your skin well after using a mud mask, as even the most nourishing ones are still not moisturizing enough on their own.
Best Mud Masks for Oily Skin
Mud masks were basically made for your skin type – especially the ones heavy on clays like bentonite clay. Look for masks that contain these clays along with other skin-clarifying or pore-tightening ingredients like witch hazel, sulfur, or willow bark extract.
Charcoal is another great ingredient, since it pulls oils as well as impurities from the skin and helps get rid of blackheads beautifully.
Mud masks are a great pick-me-up for the skin, since they can clarify and cleanse it while also loading it up with much needed nutrients. Mud masks are best to use between one to three times a week.
To get the most out of your mud masks, you want to make sure you use them correctly. If you follow these steps you’ll know you’re doing it right.
• Begin by cleansing your skin gently. If you’re wearing makeup, you might want to oil cleanse first, and then follow it up a traditional cleanser. Make sure your cleanser isn’t too harsh, and that it has a low pH as to not throw the skin off balance.
• Once your skin is cleansed, it is optional but highly recommended that you exfoliate your skin in order to remove dead skin build-up and to allow your mud mask to deep cleanse your skin better later on. You can choose a gentle physical exfoliant, or even opt for something stronger like an at-home peel. Follow the instructions for whatever product you choose.
• You’re now ready to apply your mud mask! Mud masks are easiest to apply with a mask brush (or even a clean foundation brush!). Dip your brush into your mud mask container, and begin applying the mask to your skin in upward strokes. Make sure the mud mask covers your face completely in a thin yet even layer.
• Most mud masks are best left on the skin for 10-15 minutes, but read the packaging carefully to make sure that’s true of the mask you will be using. Leave it on for the required time, and try to relax and enjoy the experience in the meanwhile.
• Once enough time has passed, you can remove your mud mask. It is easiest to do with a damp muslin or microfiber cloth, but you can also try rinsing it off with water and then wiping the skin with a cotton pad. Make sure to use cool or lukewarm water, as hot water can damage and irritate the skin.
• If your mud mask is on the more drying side, you might want to follow it up with a more moisturizing mask. This is an optional step.
• After you’re finished masking, your skin will be ready to take in any additional skin treatments. This is the best time to go all out with your skincare routine.
• Using a cotton pad, wipe your skin with a hydrating toner. Follow it up with your go-to serums, and finish off with a moisturizer. In the daytime, make sure to also apply sunscreen, or a moisturizer with an SPF. For evening, you can finish off with a thick balm to lock in all that moisture.
Mud masks can be really fun and easy to make at home! You can put into them whatever you feel like your skin needs at any given moment, and really play around and have fun.
Please note that since these DIY mud mask recipes don’t include a preservative, they are only for one-time use. Since they’re so easy to make, though, there is absolutely no harm in making a brand new batch every time you are about to treat yourself to a face mask.
DIY Mud Mask for Combination and Normal Skin
This DIY mud mask recipe combines gentle yet purifying kaolin clay with nourishing Dead Sea mud. Lavender essential oil helps to soothe the skin, and gives everything a gorgeous aroma. You can add ingredients like aloe vera or honey to this recipe if you’re feeling dry, or you can opt for tea tree oil instead of lavender oil if you’re breaking out.
• 2 teaspoons of kaolin clay
• 1 teaspoon of Dead Sea mud (or another skincare mud of your choice)
• 1 spoon of organic apple cider vinegar
• 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and apply to your cleansed skin with a brush. Let it sit on your skin for 10 minutes, and then rinse off. Follow it up with the rest of your skincare routine.
DIY Mud Mask for Oily Skin and Acne-Prone Skin
This classic clay mud mask is perfect for mattifying and balancing oily skin, clarifying the pores, eliminating blackheads, and reducing acne. It includes purifying clays and tea tree oil to fight bacteria.
• 1 spoon of bentonite or kaolin clay
• 1 spoon of organic apple cider vinegar
• 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix all the three ingredients in a bowl, and apply to your cleansed skin with a brush. Let it sit on your skin for 10 minutes, and then rinse off. Follow it up with the rest of your skincare routine.
DIY Mud Mask for Dry Skin
This nourishing homemade mud mask will hydrate and balance dry skin, while also giving it a deep cleanse. It includes humectant honey and hydrating aloe vera, and skin-rejuvenating rose essential oil.
• 1 teaspoon of Dead Sea mud (or another skin care mud of your choice)
• 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon of honey
• ½ teaspoon of aloe vera
• 1-2 drops of rose essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and apply to your cleansed skin with a brush. Let it sit on your skin for 10 minutes, and then rinse off. Follow it up with the rest of your skincare routine.
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