Masks are my weakness. They’re one of those products where I see results right away. I use clay masks pretty regularly in my routine, about once or twice a week as I see fit. Even though I have dry skin (how many times do I have to repeat that for context…?), clay masks are beneficial to me, especially when my skin is feeling congested. Most of these masks don’t dry the crap out of my face, but they still work to help balance out my skin.
Klarif White Charcoal Face Mask (c/o Klarif)
At first I was a bit apprehensive about this mask since it smells like mint and rosemary. While I love both of them in my food… in my skincare, it’s probably a different story. Long story short, I LOVE THIS MASK. It goes on super soft and silky, and isn’t as drying (no stiffness!) as most clay masks. I feel like the brand in general caters more towards oily and acne-prone skin, but it works really well for my dry skin, too. If I’m being honest, I think Klarif is starting to become one of my favorite skincare brands.
I’ve raved about this on and on before, and my verdict still stands. It’s a creamy clay mask, and like the Klarif White Charcoal mask, it draws out any extra oils without leaving my face feeling stiff or dry after I wash it off. Instead of drying down, it dries translucent which I think is pretty cool. Also, get 10% off your first order by shopping through my referral link here!
My go-to basic clay mask. It’s a straightforward clay mask that *does* leave my skin feeling stripped of all oils, but ready to soak in whatever treatments or serums I put on. I don’t use this often, only when my skin feels congested. It does my boyfriend’s face goooood though, he has oily skin and it leaves his skin feeling super smooth. I just want to touch it all the time.
Banish Activated Charcoal Clay Masque (c/o Banish)
Another basic mask. Again, not a bad thing by any means, but it’s not the most special thing out there. Like the Kiehls mask, it’s really straightforward and quite drying, though it’s slightly more fun (or less fun, depending on how much effort you like putting into masking) because it comes in a powder and you’re supposed to mix it with water to form a paste. I’ve seen some people mix in some apple cider vinegar, too – apparently it’s really good for your skin because of the acidity! This is supposed to be a mask that’s catered towards acne-prone skin as well, and even though I’m not acne-prone, it doesn’t have any adverse effects on my skin.
To be honest… I’ve never tried this mask out before. It’s not even a clay mask, but I decided to include it since it’s a clarifying mask, and doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of my masks which are on the hydrating side. Everyone I’ve seen review this mask before loves it, but I can’t get past the scent. It’s not a bad scent by any means, but it’s pretty strong and reminds me a little of tiger balm. So, dear reader, if you’ve tried this mask and like it… convince me to try it!
This is the mask I bust out when I have a stubborn pimple or two. That being said, I don’t break out often, or a lot. But when I do, it’s usually on my eyebrows or around my nose and it’s The Worst™ when I accidentally scratch it. The Eve Lom mask contains a drying alcohol that’s pretty high up on the ingredients list (and you also have to shake it up, so I’m assuming you’re mixing in the alcohol with the rest of the mask), so I don’t dare to use it on my entire face. This is like an overnight magic spot treatment, and any pimple I have either disappears or drastically diminishes the next morning.
Kiehls Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque (c/o Social Native)
I did an ad on this mask a year or two back, and while I loved it then, it doesn’t do a lot for me now. This is one of those masks that tingle, and over time my skin developed a sensitivity to tingling things and it just… burns. I used to like it a lot because it made my skin feel clarified without drying it out, a different feeling from just a regular clay mask. If your skin is sensitive to tingling/heating masks, I’d say avoid this one. But if not, go for it!