These Are the Best Clay Masks for Every Budget
In our book, nothing beats a classic clay mask. Benefits abound: They’re often natural, they offer quick results, they feel great on the skin, and they’re practically made for easy at-home use. And honestly, they’re just so satisfying to use. What other skincare product can you actually see working—drying out to unclog and detox pores in a matter of minutes?
So we agree then: Clay masks are awesome. But they aren’t all created equal. Sure, the formulas will differ, as some gently exfoliate while others refine and a select few firm and plump the skin, but the differences run deeper than that. The type of clay and even where the clay was sourced can make a huge difference in a clay mask’s efficacy, and there are a lot of products on the market to sift through for these differences. So we did the hard work for you and compiled a list of the all-time best clay masks. You know, just so you can find your skincare soul mate a little sooner. Keep reading to see the seven best clay masks on the market.
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($76)
Fans of this mask include some serious A-listers (think Gigi Hadid). It's probably because of the megawatt glow and velvety softness that result from a quick rendezvous with this formula. Spanish clay, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, and peptides work together to detoxify, nourish, and plump the skin. Take it from the queen herself, Charlotte Tilbury: "It has fail-proof results, dramatically purifying the skin, creating a smooth, clear, youthfully dewy surface, revealing new baby skin."
African Botanicals Marula Mineral Cleansing Mask ($124)
This mask targets "redness, inflammation, and acne." Thanks to its long list of minerals—magnesium, zinc, copper, and iron included—it sucks up extra dirt, oil, and debris from pores. Plus, it smells lovely, like a blend of rose and clementine.
Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque ($39)
Purification is the name of this game. This Kiehl's favourite is formulated with ingredients sourced from the mouth of the Amazon river, meaning it's intensely mineral rich. Apply to draw out surface debris, refine tone and texture, and unveil smoother, brighter skin.
Caolion Pore Original Pack ($31)
When pores are clogged with oil, dirt, and debris, they appear much bigger and darker. This K-beauty favourite absorbs all of it, straight out of the pores, to minimise their appearance. Since it does a number on oil, you can also count on it for a more controlled, matte look to your skin.
GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment ($98)
Even if you rarely use clay masks, you've likely heard of this buzzy product. It's popular because it works like an IRL Instagram filter. It targets everything from blemishes to redness to scars, razor bumps, and even ingrown hair. And take it from us—after you wash it off, your skin will feel incredibly smooth, thanks to a blend of six exfoliating acids.