This article was first published on 3 March 2022.
Has your skin been looking flaky and dull? Upon closer inspection, do your pores appear congested too? If you answered yes to both, your skin may be in dire need of a ‘detox’, AKA a clay mask to help you combat these woes.
How do clay masks work?
Clay masks have been a favourite of skincare lovers for centuries now — and it’s because of their ability to draw out impurities from the skin’s surface to reveal a brighter, clearer-looking complexion. Compared to sheet masks, which are usually designed to provide a dose of hydration to the skin, clay masks are recommended for those with oily skin as they can help to absorb excess sebum from the skin.
Many beauty brands now offer products with new, innovative formulations that allow people with different skin types to enjoy the benefits of clay masks. Ultimately, it’s a matter of choosing one that best suits your skin’s needs. Ready to play with clay? Here are 14 skin detoxifying clay masks that you can get in Singapore.
You’re familiar with the calming benefits of drinking tea — similarly, the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque (SGD59) has soothing tea-related ingredients that are suited for blemished, troubled skin too. This clay-based masque contains chamomile bud, tea tree leaf and evening primrose to deeply cleanse the skin.
If there was one clay mask that ruled #SkincareTikTok, that would be none other than the Caudalie Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask (SGD45). This clay-meets-cream textured mask has coffee, pink clay and tannins to purify the skin, remove excess oil and tighten pores.
If achieving a firmer and more sculpted look is on your skincare checklist, consider picking up the Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque (~SGD53). It has wheatgerm, which improves the appearance of delicate facial skin firmness and tone, and gingko and centella to promote healthy-looking skin.
Clay masks tend to get a bad rap for being a tad too drying for certain skin types. Fortunately, the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial (SGD60) is designed to be “non-drying” and contains BHA, PHA and various extracts to unclog pores and hydrate the skin. It also comes in recyclable packaging.
Has it been a minute since you last exfoliated your skin? If so, it’s best that you break out the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X (SGD21) as it offers “triple exfoliation” and an “all-in-one” pore caring solution. It is formulated with Jeju Volcanic Clusters & Spheres to absorb excess oil for smaller-looking pores and AHA to smoothen the skin.
Oily or combination skin sisters, here’s a fun beauty pick worth adding to your vanity. The I Dew Care Yoga Kitten Balancing Clay Mask (SGD55) has an oil-controlling formula comprising calming heartleaf extract, skin-purifying eucalyptus and oil-absorbing kaolin clay to target blemish-prone skin.
Harnessing the antioxidative benefits of herbs, the OHIOHOO Re’Juice (Parsley) Clay Mask (SGD45) boasts 50% Jeju parsley extract to remove sebum in pores without drying out the skin. It also contains kale, basil, arugula and wasabi extract for added sebum and pore care. Talk about a healthy green salad for your skin!
Tired of skin flare-ups and an uneven skin texture? The Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask with Rose Clay (SGD39) aims to resolve these issues with its combination of herb and plant extracts, Mediterranean rose clay and Canadian willowherb to reduce skin inflammation and restore the skin’s clarity.
Homegrown beauty brand Sigi Skin is throwing a garden party and you’re invited. Garden Party (SGD72) contains a special blend of ingredients including kaolin clay and Camu Camu extracts to “deeply” purify the skin while rebalancing the skin’s microbiome and pH levels.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask (SGD35) contains Himalayan bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and Community Fair Trade tea tree oil to unclog pores and reveal clearer-looking skin. Don’t be surprised if you experience an intense tingling sensation after applying this onto your face — the brand shares that it’s the product working its magic in purifying your skin.
A hydrating clay mask? It's possible. The beplain Cicaful Calming Clay Mask (SGD27.90) delivers powerful soothing and oil-absorbing benefits without drying your skin. It's infused with centella asiatica extract and cica powder, which are widely known for their calming properties!
Matcha doesn't just have health benefits, it can be good for your skin too. The Some By Mi Super Matcha Pore Clean Purifying Clay Mask (SGD24.60) contains Super Matcha that cleanses the skin and pores. It's supported by beta hydroxy acids and clay that also help clear out your pores from dead skin cells and excess sebum.
If you want to see that super satisfying moment when the clay mask absorbs all the oil and gunk from your face, pick up the Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Deep Retreat Pore Clearing Clay Mask (SGD68). It's enriched with kaolin clay and sea fennel extract that creates this mattifying effect. However, your skin will still stay soft and comfortable thanks to the bisabolol, jojoba seed oil, and plum kernel oil in its formula.
Achieve skin as smooth as Rihanna's with her beauty line's Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask (SGD52)! This non-drying whipped clay mask will extract all the dirt, oil, and impurities with its blend of clay, salicylic acid, and charcoal.
Thinking of acing your double-cleansing game? Here are our top 13 double cleansing oils that you can find in Singapore.
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