A great facial complexion takes time to cultivate. Unless you’re one of the mythical few who have been genetically blessed since birth, you’re going to need lots of water, rest, and the right products to get that smooth skin. One of those products you need to add to your routine is a mud mask.
A mud mask is not supposed to be used daily like a cleanser or a toner. It delivers a hearty punch of nutrients deep into your every pore. If you have oily skin, a mud mask is invaluable to your skincare regime.
We’d personally recommend slapping on a mask once a week, preferably on Sunday night so you can swagger into your office looking fresher than the Prince of Bel Air. Going through a particularly stressful week? Ramp it up to a second time somewhere in the middle of the week. It shouldn’t be too hard to fit into your schedule, as it takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, max.
So go ahead and give these mud masks a whirl. We promise you’ll look more debonair.
01: Tom Ford Intensive Purifying Mud Mask
Yes, Mr Tom Ford’s line of beauty products comprises more than just lipsticks. His mud mask that has been developed for men might look simple and unassuming with its packaging, but it’s the formula that makes it work. The charcoal mud mask will draw out all the toxins in your skin and smooth out any weary lines on your face.
02: Hunter Lab Charcoal Mud Mask
There’s a new contender in the realm of skincare products, and that’s the Melbourne-based Hunter Lab. Among their lineup of products is a charcoal mud mask made from activated bamboo charcoal, bentonite and kaolin clay, with a touch of aloe vera to balance out the dryness and hydrate your skin after the mask has cleansed your pores.
AUD$58 (S$56), hunterlab.com.au
03: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
Most mud masks are dark and black, but not this one from Kiehl’s. Formulated from Amazonian white clay that’s sourced from the mouth of the Amazonian River, a 10-minute application of this gentle mask will detoxify your skin and leave your skin feeling soft and oil-free.
04: Lab Series Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask
For those that have an oily T-zone, this clay mask from Lab Series is your answer. Using a combination of charcoal and a blend of clays, this is a mask that just takes a quick 5 to 10 minutes to strip away toxins and dirt. Oh, did we mention it was blue? Time to look as good as Sam Worthington’s Avatar character.
05: MALIN+GOETZ Clarifying Face Mask
Only have five minutes to spare in your skincare routine? Then the clarifying clay mask from Malin+Goetz should do the trick. With pumice powder that gently exfoliates your skin and sunflower seed fatty acids that moisturise and soothe it after, this mask is the ultimate weapon for those short on time (we know you’re reading this, busy executives).
06: Epoch Glacial Marine Mud Mask
If you’re going to put mud on your face, make it some fancy mud that hails from a glacial estuary like the marine mud mask from Epoch. The deep sea mud used in this mask (Maris limus) has been constantly enriched by the Pacific Northwestern oceans before it was packaged up. The naturally-fine particles have strong absorbent properties that will extract all your skin’s impurities while leaving the moisture intact.