May 5, 2015

the art of the clay mask: how to choose the right one

how to choose a clay mask

One element of any good skin care routine is the use of a clay mask to deeply cleanse, detoxify, and heal blemishes, but if you find the choice between which kind to get confusing

chris pratt

then this post is for you!

Clay masks are a treat that all skin types can benefit from, but knowing which one to use can mean the difference between skin that feels feng shui’d versus feeling like it just landed in the seventh circle of hell.

In the world of clay masks there are six popular types: white clay (or kaolin), rose clay, fuller’s earth, black clay, french green clay, rhassoul clay.

Which one is for you?

If you have normal skin then a white clay, rose clay or fuller’s earth will be your friend. Mild and stimulating, these clays (rich in magnesium, zinc, calcium and silica) expertly remove excess oil, can reduce the appearance of scars and improve your overall skin complexion and elasticity.

Clay mask picks for normal skin:

1. Flight Skincare Acai Firming Plant Mask  ($42 AU)
2. Laurel Facial Mask ($50 USD)
3. May Lindstrom The Problem Solver ($112 CDN)

If instead you have sensitive skin opt for an even milder option such as rhassoul clay. Naturally occurring in Morocco, and used for centuries, this special clay not only cleanses and detoxifies, but also moisturizes the skin as well. Due to its unique composition and high mineral content rather than stripping the skin of its oil it actually decreases dryness and enhances skin clarity instead.

Clay mask picks for sensitive skin:

4. Mahalo Pele Mask ($64 USD)
5. Province Apothecary Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask ($58 CDN)

For those of you with oily skin your face will play nicely with even the strongest of clays, such as French green clay or black clay. These two detoxifying mineral-rich antioxidant clays expertly draw impurities out of the skin and leave it feeling refined and smooth.

Clay mask picks for oily skin:

5. Fig + Yarrow Clay Mask {Black} ($18 USD)
6. Yuli Pure Treatment Mask ($65 USD)

General application tips & tricks:

  1. Mix a small amount of the powder with water, raw honey, organic yogurt or a facial oil (if you have dry skin) and blend until you get the thickness you like. Apply on a freshly cleansed face.
  2. If you’re new to using masks, or are trying out a new brand, leave it on for 10 minutes, or until it just dries, and then remove tepid water. This will allow you to see how your skin likes the clay (or not). I never leave a mask on past the point of drying because the product is no longer activated which means your skin is no longer receiving any benefit. If you like to leave your mask on for a longer period of time I’d suggest spritzing your face with a mist to get the product active again and working for you.
  3. Once you remove the mask don’t be alarmed if your face is slightly flushed. The clays are stimulating blood flow, and your skin cells, so a little redness is completely normal.
  4. Finish your ritual with a spritz of your favourite mist and then anoint your face with a soothing and hydrating facial oil. My current favourites are Mahalo Vitality Elixir , Uma Ultimate Brightening Face Oil and Odacite A Spring in Tokyo.
  5. If you make more of the mask then what you actually end up using don’t throw it out! You can keep it in the fridge for up to a week.


  • Linsey

    Mud masks are the only thing that helps my complexion. I go for the more pricier ones and of course organic. May Lindstrom is really good but I love NuVsio purifying mineral mask for overnight blemish treatments. They always make a fresh batch and it gets the job done!

  • Love mud masks!

    Would also add that you can put a few drops of oil in any mud mask for more hydration, especially if you’ve got sensitive or dry skin. And instead of mixing with water you can boost the masks properties with rose water or any alcohol-free toner/mist that you like! 🙂

    • You’re absolutely right! You can add oil or even a dollop of plain, full fat yogurt; I also love adding a wee touch of honey if I really want to jazz up my routine! 😀

  • This is a great post and lovely picks! I’ve been eyeing Mahalo Care, Fig+Yarrow, and Uma Oils. I’m also in love with May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver and the YÜLI Pure mask.

    • The Problem Solver is seriously a game changer! I didn’t think I could love anything more, but the Pele Mask is definitely tied for top honours. Have a great day love! xo