Every Type of Face Mask, Explained
- Beauty Glossary
Clay for Body & Face
We've no doubt that you've probably smeared some kind of clay concoction onto your face in an attempt to clear up breakouts, but it's important to know which clays do what and why they should feature in your skin care routine. Either way, this mineral-rich substance is worth knowing about if you're after a clean and clear complexion.
See our clay guide to answer your questions like what is clay and how many types of clay are there.
Murad Clarifying Mask
GLAMGLOW Tropical Cleanse
Indie Lee Clearing Mask
Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
Eve Lom Cleanser
Virtue Refresh Dry Shampoo
GLAMGLOW Youthmud Glow Stimulating Mask
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Lemon + Geranium
Coco & Eve Glow Figure Bounce Body Masque
Eve Lom Rescue Mask
Patchology Breakout Box
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
Lacoste L'Homme Eau De Toilette
ARgENTUM Le Savon Lune Illuminating Hydration Bar
Biolage R.A.W Re Hab Mask
Darphin Lumiere Essentielle Instant Purifying & Illuminating Mask
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation
Smashbox Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation
ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Hair & Scalp Mask
Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask
ELEMIS Superfood Berry Boost Mask
Decléor Clay Powder Cleanser
Darphin SKIN MAT PURIFYING AROMATIC CLAY MASK
REN Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Whip To Clay Cleanser
Sarah Chapman Instant Miracle Mask
Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clay Multi
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay
Dermalogica Medibac Sebum Clearing Masque
bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation
ELEMIS Herbal Lavender Repair Mask
Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette
Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse
Biolage R.A.W Re Bodify Mask
Elizabeth Arden Statement Brow
Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque
GLAMGLOW Super Cleanse Triple Charcoal Cream To Foam Cleanser
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Clay Conditioner
This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask
GLAMGLOW Instamud 60 Second Pore Refining Treatment
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
NIOD Flavanone Mud Mask
Redken Styling Rough Clay
NIOD Myrrh Clay Mask
This Works Evening Detox Cleansing Water
MenScience Facial Cleansing Mask
Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Purifying Facial Mask
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clay Mask
Sebastian Professional Craft Clay
Yes To Cucumbers Cooling Mud Mask
Aveda Mens Pure Formance Grooming Clay
Sanctuary Spa New Mum Box Of Treats
Gallinée Prebiotic Face Mask & Scrub
L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask
Lab Series Pro All In One Face Treatment
Kiehl's Grooming Solutions Texturising Hair Clay
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Shampoo
Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask
Balmain Matte Clay Strong
BeautyPro Purifying 3d Clay Mask
Redken Mens Clay Pomade
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask
Fudge MATTE HED GAS
Amika Reset Exfoliating Jelly Shampoo
Christophe Robin Cleansing Paste With Pure Rassoul Clay & Rose Extracts
MenScience Advanced Body Powder
The Konjac Sponge Company 100% Natural Vegetable Fibre Sponge With
Sexy Hair Curly Moisturising Shampoo
Ethique Bliss Bar Solid Face Cleanser For Normal To Dry Skin
Jack Black Clay Pomade
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clay products
What is clay?
Derived from finely-grained natural rock and/or soil materials, clay is a mineral-rich substance that can often contain traces of quartz, metal oxides and organic matter. When used in skin care, clay goes through a strict refinement process that makes it safe to apply to your skin.
How many types of clay are there?
There are four main clay groups commonly found within skin care products: kaolin clay (white clay), bentonite clay, green clay and red clay. Each serves its own purpose and helps out specific skin types.
Which clay is good for your skin?
Let’s break this down into categories...
Kaolin (white) clay:Classed as one of the mildest clay forms, kaolin clay is used on dry and sensitive skin types. It is the least drying and gently cleanses the skin without stripping away any much-needed moisture.
Bentonite clay:This natural volcanic ash tends to be mild enough for most skin types and is very effective in removing impurities. It is commonly high in silica and aluminium and can be used on the body as well as the face.
Green clay: Ideal for oilier skin types, green clay is the most effective at absorbing excess oil, helping to clear out blocked pores.
Red clay:Known for its purifying and brightening qualities, red clay is most commonly used on dull and congested skin types. It provides a more radiant appearance, thanks to its high concentration of iron oxide.
How do clay masks work?
Each clay contains varying concentrations of certain minerals that work in their own ways to achieve certain goals.
Overall, most clays work to lift impurities, dirt and excess oil from the pores to leave a deeply cleansed complexion.
What are the main benefits of using clay in my skin care routine?
The main function of clays in skin care is to absorb oils and control shine, so the most common benefit is a mattified, clear and controlled complexion with minimal breakouts. Sounds good, right? Better still, some clays work more to hydrate and brighten skin types, so nourishment can also be a benefit of adding this super-ingredient to your routine.
Can clay provide hair care benefits too?
Bentonite clay is the only clay that can be used for hair care purposes due to its mud-like consistency. This specific strain of clay is said to have healing properties that help to naturally remove toxins and add moisture to strands, making it a great ingredient to include within hair masks.
What skin type does clay perform best on?
Again, this is dependant on the strain of clay as each provides a plethora of tailored benefits. However, as a rule of thumb, most clays react and engage well with oilier skin types as the clay is mainly used to reduce shine and soak up excess oil.
Written by Ellie Child, Content Editor