How to Find the Right Clay Mask for Your Skin Type

Clay masks have been one of the most searched for skincare products of 2018—and for a good reason. For starters, there's just something so relaxing about sitting back with a face mask on—it's the perfect basis for an at-home spa day. It's one of our favourite ways to unwind after a long day.

While you have your face mask on, you can catch up on your favourite TV show, slip into the tub for a bubble bath, or treat yourself to an at-home manicure. Second, clay is an amazing ingredient that can help purify the skin (and oily hair), so it's so great that our clay masks are formulated with three different types of pure clay.

Clay masks are practically too good to be true. The only slightly challenging part is choosing the right clay mask for you. After all, there's quite a variety, so how do you know which one to use?

Well, you'll want to choose your clay mask based on your skin type and the issues you're looking to address. Here, learn all about the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay face masks, how to use a clay mask for beautiful-looking skin, and how to determine the right clay mask for your skin type.

5 Clay Mask Tips And Common Mistakes To Avoid

Now that you've chosen your mask formula and are ready to apply make sure you're not making any of these all too common mistakes!

TIP #1: DON'T APPLY YOUR FACE MASK WITH DIRTY HANDS

It seems simple enough, but this tip is so important that it's worth restating: When you apply your face mask (onto freshly-cleansed skin), don't use dirty fingers to do so.

Give your hands a good wash before you get to work; otherwise, you'll be transferring oils and impurities—not to mention bacteria—onto your face.

TIP #2: MOISTURIZE RIGHT AFTER YOU RINSE OFF

Another important tip not to forget: Apply a facial moisturizer after you rinse off your mask. This will help to lock in hydration and keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated and fresh.

You don't even need to dry off. First, you can jump straight to moisturizing—you'll lock in more moisture that way. Try the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, choosing based on your skin type.

TIP #3: USE FACE MASKS CONSISTENTLY

As much as we wish it were true that you could use a product once in a blue moon and see amazing results, consistent use is required to make a change with just about all beauty products and treatments.

The same is true for face masks; using them once won't be as beneficial to your complexion as consistent use.

TIP #4: CLEANSE YOUR SKIN BEFOREHAND

This seems obvious enough, but you don't want to apply your clay mask onto dirty skin! Use a gentle facial cleanser beforehand, then pat your skin dry with a clean washcloth before moving on to applying your face mask.

If you love clay as much as we do, you can also cleanse with it! If your skin is oil-prone, try the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser.

For clogged pores that need gentle exfoliation, use the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser. If dirt, impurities and pollution are your biggest complexion concerns, try the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which is formulated with charcoal.

TIP #5: LEARN HOW TO MULTI-MASK

You might be thinking, wait a minute, I have different skin concerns in different spots on my face. You're not alone! That's where multi-masking comes in handy.

No, it's not just a gimmick to get you to buy more face masks! Think about it: Different areas of your complexion can have different issues. Maybe your forehead gets oily, but your chin is prone to breakouts.

Or perhaps your cheeks are really dry, but your T-zone is constantly shiny. One type of face mask might not be the right formula for your entire face, and that's OK!

What type of face mask is best for my skin type?

With so many new masks on the market, it can be hard to know which ones will help skin and which type is best for skin types.

We've gathered and reviewed the research to help guide you.

Clay and Charcoal Masks

Clay masks and charcoal masks are suitable for oily skin to combination skin or shiny t-zones. This is because both clay and charcoal absorb excess oil from the skin's surface. Charcoal also has the unique ability to gently draw out dirt from congested pores.

A well-formulated mask will leave skin shine-free but not dry or tight. Our Skin Balancing Mask is a classic clay mask that helps absorb excess oil and decongest pores and our Pore Clarifying Charcoal Mask is a luxe charcoal-gel mask that balances skin and works like a magnet to attract dirt from pores.

Sleep Masks

The asleep mask is usually a hydrating mask that you leave on overnight to provide skin with extra nourishment. Leaving the mask on for a long time gives the ingredients more time to work.

Sleep mask often has a lighter texture, so they won't make your pillowcase greasy. Use them as the last step in your evening routine, and depending on how dry your skin is, it could be used in place of a night cream.

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Our Skin Recovery Mask has a soft–cream texture formulated with nourishing oils and is suitable for rosacea-prone skin. The Rehydrating Moisture Mask has a richer texture and provides intense hydration. Both masks are perfect to use as a sleep mask for normal to dry skin types. The Super Hydrate Overnight Mask is our latest (leave-on) mask developed in collaboration with Skincity.com. All three masks can be left overnight for ultimate hydration or can be rinsed off as a quick pampering treatment.

Brightening Masks

Brightening masks are ideal for dry, dull skin and anyone suffering from pigmentation and uneven skin tone. A good mask in this category should contain powerful brightening ingredients like arbutin, vitamin C, bearberry extract and niacinamide.

These ingredients improve uneven skin tone and leave skin glowing. The Radiance Renewal Mask is a sleep mask that contains a blend of brightening ingredients that will leave skin plump, radiant and smooth.

Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are usually made from some kind of paper or cotton that is saturated with effective ingredients.

There are lots of different sheet masks to suit different skin types depending on the ingredients they contain. You leave the mask on your face for a while so that the ingredients can sink into the skin.

A sheet mask is fun to use but doesn't necessarily provide more benefit than traditional masks.

Bubble Mask

Bubble masks usually have a gel texture that transforms into a bubbling foam once applied to the face.

They are trendy, and it looks fun, but the foaming effect has no benefit for skin and the ingredients that make the mask foam irritate the skin.

Peel-Off Masks

A good peel-off mask gently removes a thin layer of dead skin cells and surface dirt from the pores, which leaves skin feeling smooth.

Peel off masks can't penetrate pores and 'pull' blackheads and dirt out of them. To lessen blackheads and unclog pores, it's best to use a BHA exfoliant. Home-made peel-off masks have also become popular, but some of them are actually harmful to skin, calling for glue and even superglue to be used as a base. Unsurprisingly this is damaging for skin and irritates.

If you want to use a peel-off mask, choose a gentle one that doesn't contain high concentrations of polyvinyl alcohol, which can have a drying and irritating effect on the skin.

A good rule of thumb for any mask you choose is to avoid ones that contain irritating ingredients like alcohol, mint, menthol, eucalyptus, camphor and fragrances (natural and synthetic).

9 Clay Masks For Combination Skin

When it comes to skin types, some of us have the best of both worlds — an oily T-zone and dry cheeks and, yes, you detect a bit of sarcasm here. But, over the years, I've made peace with my confused skin.

The best clay masks for combination skin are some of the most effective products I've found that can address a shiny nose, forehead, and chin — all while tackling flaky cheeks.

Bentonite clay masks with activated charcoal are all the rage these days because these types of clay masks act as a magnet for excess sebum, dirt, and makeup to prevent pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads from forming.

While these are always a solid choice for skin that leans oily, they can be too much for the drier areas of your face.

While often overlooked, green, white, and red clay masks are amazing for combination skin — and they each serve a slightly different function. French green clay exfoliates and clarifies that white kaolin clay soothes sensitive, dry skin, and red clay is the ultimate oil absorption.

You can even invest in a multipurpose mask that takes care of every inch of your combination skin. The clay possibilities are endless!

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A Powerful Mud Mask With Glycolic, Salicylic, & Lactic Acids

Consider it one of the first mud masks that truly changed the game: with a powerhouse combination of glycolic acid, acne-healing salicylic acid, and lactic acid to help reduce acne scarring and pigmentation, GLAMGLOW delivers one effective oily skin treatment.

It's great for combination skin because not only does it clear out pores, it also helps regulate oil production and calms and soothes dry, sensitive skin.

An Anti-Inflammatory Green Clay Mask That Exfoliates Dead Skin Cells

This mineral-rich green clay mask tightens and tones pores while exfoliating dead skin cells — something that works to rid your dry cheeks of flakes and to clear pores on your T-zone so that they don't become clogged.

The added raspberry leaf extract in this mask contains antioxidant properties that can reduce inflammation, especially soothing if you have acne-prone skin.

A White Clay Mask With Wheatgerm For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin will soak up the benefits of this white clay mask, which contains pore-minimizing wheatgerm and cranberry seed and ginkgo, which brighten your skin tone.

It can be used on just your T-zone or all over your face to balance oils, hydrate, and cleanse pores all at the same time.

A Slightly Tingly Mud Mask That Leaves Skin Smooth

Mud masks like this one (made from English clay) draw out dirt, but they also do a great job of softening dry skin and making your complexion more smooth.

Reviewers describe this mask as "smoothing" and slightly tingly and say it works wonders on shiny T-zones.

A Peel-Off Red Clay Mask For Sensitive Combination Skin

The super-strength red clay in this 20-minute peel-off mask regulates excess sebum, flushes out pores like nobody's business, and does an incredible job at levelling out skin tone and smoothing rougher areas of skin on your cheeks.

It's ideal for combination and sensitive skin and will keep acne at bay without drying out your skin.

A 5-In-1 Mask With Volcanic Ash For A Deep Cleanse

Rid your pores of excess sebum, exfoliate the skin of dead skin cells, and make your complexion look more radiant and healthy with this clay mask, which contains volcanic ash that effortlessly pulls out clogged oil and dirt from within pores.

This Korean beauty mask is killer on an oily T-zone, but take care to wash it off from cheeks a few minutes sooner and follow up with toner and moisturizer because it can feel slightly drying.

A Multitasking Mask With Oatmeal & Clays Perfect For Combination Skin

This multitasking mask has both sides of combination skin covered: soothing oatmeal and sea whip is heaven on dry skin, while bentonite and kaolin clays absorb oils from pores, and willow bark helps treat and prevent acne.

Use it once or twice a week for 10-15 minutes, and you'll notice a change in your skin as it becomes clearer and smoother.

A Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask That Exfoliates & Soothes Skin

If dry-skin loving white clay and more potent pore-cleaning red clay had a baby, the product of their love would be the rose clay in this skin retexturizing mask, which is kind enough to address all of your combination skin's needs.

A cocktail of acne-busting Canadian Willow Herb and the Mediterranean rose clay (which is effective at eliminating toxins and dirt but gentler than other clay types) meets the hydrating exfoliant that is jojoba beads for a 2-in-1 mask treatment that works wonders on all skin types — but is especially effective on combination skin.

A Kaolin & Bentonite Clay Mask With Organic Plant Extracts For Delicate Combination Skin

Combination, dry, and oily, and even acne-prone or super reactive skin types will all find something to love about this incredibly effective but hydrating mask, which contains bentonite and kaolin clays, organic aloe vera leaf extract, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil, and soothing algae extract.

This is the nourishing, cruelty-free mask of your sensitive skin dreams — the one that exfoliates, balances the skin's, and provides so much hydration you'll question whether you need a separate moisturizer.