The blistering heat has been drawing every drop of moisture out our pores, and leaving many of us with extremely oily skin.
This is where clay masks come in really handy. Clay masks are excellent tools to help absorb oil from your skin, combatting acne, blackheads, and whiteheads in the long run.
Clay is usually negatively charged too, which lifts the positively-charged toxins and pollutants in the environment off your skin, giving your skin a thorough cleanse.
Today, we give you a curated list of 17 clay masks that we are sure will be worth every penny, starting at just S$9!
Best clay masks to try
1. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Ideal for combination-oily and oily skin, the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is an extremely wallet-friendly option to get you started on clay masking.
It promises to clear pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, and minimise the appearance of pores, leaving you with a youthful K-glow.
The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask retails for S$9 (20ml), and S$21 (100ml) at Sephora.
2. Missha Amazon Red Clay Pore Mask
Combining Amazonian white clay, red fruit, and Brazilian red clay, this product purges your pores clean of excess sebum and trapped dirt, leaving you with the clearest and smoothest skin.
It also boasts nourishing properties to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier while flushing dead skin cells off your skin, with a combination of AHA, BHA, Amazon-sourced kaolin, guarana extract, and lavender, rosemary and rosewood oils.
The MISSHA Amazon Red Clay Pore Mask retails for S$20.86 (110ml) on YesStyle.com.
3. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
With high volumes of traffic all around Singapore, comes even higher volumes of dust, dirt, and impurities in the air.
Detoxify your skin with the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores. Blended with bamboo charcoal and white China clay, it is perfect for getting rid of all the gunk trapped in your pores.
The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores retails for S$23 (30ml) and S$47 (75ml) at Sephora.
4. Heimish All Clean Pink Clay Purifying Wash Off Mask
A blend of natural ingredients, including calamine, portulaca oleracea extract, witch hazel water, and pink clay, this mask calms your skin and takes care of your sebum concerns.
Its gentle formula alleviates your skin of any redness, excess sebum, blackheads, and dead skin cells – minimising the appearance of your pores in the process. The best part of it all is that it’s suitable for dry, oily, and even sensitive skin.
The Heimish All Clean Pink Clay Purifying Wash Off Mask retails for S$23.13 (150g) on YesStyle.com.
5. SOME BY MI Super Matcha Pore Clean Purifying Clay Mask
For a long time now, matcha has been a super ingredient used in K-beauty products due to its property of promoting blood circulation, which fights the effects of ageing and acne. Its anti-inflammatory property also offers your skin a soothing effect and can help neutralise sun damage.
This matcha clay mask has, as a result, established itself as a drugstore product to be reckoned with. Infused with botanical ingredients like centella asiatica extract and tea tree leaf water, it moisturises and further soothes irritated skin.
The Some By Mi Super Matcha Pore Clean Purifying Clay Mask retails for S$24.60 (100g) at Watsons.
6. Caudalie Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask
Revitalise your skin with Caudalie’s Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask, a rich blend of coffee and pink clay.
Caudalie has long established itself as a strong contender in the game of masking and skincare, and this is yet another one of their masks that has received rave reviews.
Guaranteeing you smaller-looking pores and an even skin texture, the gentle and nourishing formula will leave you with a radiant glow.
The Caudalie Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask retails for S$25 (35ml), and S$48 (75ml) at Sephora.
7. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
For under ten minutes, twice every week, you could achieve an even and brighter tone, with improved skin texture, with The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque.
Infused with charcoal and clay, this mask removes dead skin cells and is formulated specially for oily and blemish-prone skin. The salicylic acid content breaks down lipids that contribute to your facial oils, keeping your pores clean and clear.
The The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque retails for S$26 (50ml), and S$50 (100ml) at Sephora.
8. Isntree Mugwort Calming Clay Mask
Ideal for people with oily or combination skin, clogged pores, or in need of a good hydration, this mask will do the trick.
A rich blend of six different types of clays, mugwort, and red bean powders, this mask calms irritated skin, clears impurities in pores, smoothens texture, and gets rid of dead skin cells.
The Isntree Mugwort Calming Clay Mask retails for S$28.06 (100ml) on YesStyle.com.
9. Wahadabisen Natural Clay Wash Off Pack
Japan, as always, takes the cake for their creative and novel packaging designs. This collection of three clay masks by Wahadabisen proves just that. Infused with adlay (blue), mugwort (green), and sweet sake (orange) respectively, they come housed in little pouches resembling a decadent Japanese beverage.
If you’re seeking a solution to dry, dehydrated skin, opt for the ultra-moisturising adlay clay mask. But, if your concern lies in the breakout of acne, and evening out the texture of your skin, try the mugwort variant instead. And finally, to brighten your complexion for a smooth, radiant glow, go for sweet sake.
The Wahadabisen Natural Clay Wash Off Packs retail for S$28.19 (180g) on YesStyle.com.
10. Beplain Mung Bean Pore Clay Mask
A superfood, mung beans are high in anti-oxidant, which helps detoxify your skin of nasties, and rids it of excess sebum. It promises to tighten pores, emulsify and lift blackheads and whiteheads, and brighten the skin tone.
Also combined with coconut shell powder, this finely milled sediment lends your skin a soft, gentle exfoliation to erase all dead skin and impurities resting atop your skin.
A clinical study even showed a 59.3% decrease in sebum production after just one use of this product!
The Beplain Mung Bean Pore Clay Mask retails for S$34.90 (120ml) at Watsons.
11. BENEFIT COSMETICS The Porefessional Deep Retreat Pore Clearing Clay Mask
Part of their ‘Porefessional’ line of pore treatment products, Benefit Cosmetics presents the Deep Retreat Pore Clearing Clay Mask, which promises a 12-hour mattifying effect.
Concocted with kaolin clay and sea fennel extract to remove excess surface skin oils and unclog pores, it also contains jojoba seed oil and plum kernel oil, both rich in omega-9 fatty acids, leaving your skin feeling baby soft.
It is even infused with sphingolipids, which are ceramide-like molecules, to offer a conditioning effect after the mask is removed to retain your skin’s initial hydration level.
The Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Deep Retreat Pore Clearing Clay Mask retails for S$35 (37ml), and S$68 (74ml) at Sephora.
12. Fresh Beauty Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask
The main ingredient of this three-in-one product is the Umbrian clay, which offers your pores a deep cleanse and a reduced appearance, cutting shine without drying it out too much—making it suitable for all skin types.
To use it as a mask, apply over damp skin for about three to five minutes before washing it off. To spot treat, apply a thin layer over affected areas and allow it to dry fully before washing it off. Lastly, if you’re using it as a facial cleanser, massage a pea-sized amount over your face for about 30 seconds before rinsing it off thoroughly.
The Fresh Beauty Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask retails for S$38 (30ml), and S$89 (100ml) at Sephora.
13. SAND & SKY Oil Control Clearing Face Mask
Made with Australian clay and infused with salicylic acid, the Sand & Sky Oil Control Clearing Face Mask unclogs pores and wicks your skin of any excess sebum.
It also contains Old Man Weed and Tasmanian pepperberry, which helps soothe irritated skin from pollutants, as well as niacinamide and natural prebiotics, offering your skin a protective layer.
The Sand & Sky Oil Control Clearing Face Mask retails for S$39 (100ml) at Sephora.
14. Lab Series Oil Control Clay Cleanser + Mask
If you have acne-prone or troubled skin, you might want to consider giving the Lab Series Oil Control Clay Cleanser + Mask a shot. Yet another multi-function product, this could act as an everyday facial cleanser or a twice-a-week leave-on clay mask.
Lather a small amount in your palms before massaging deep into your face and neck, and rinse it off thoroughly with warm water if you’re using it as a cleanser.
If you’re using it as a mask, apply a thin layer once or twice a week instead to unclog pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, mattify, and soften your skin texture.
The Lab Series Oil Control Clay Cleanser + Mask retails for S$45 (100ml) at Sephora.
15. Zoeva Soft Rose Clay Mask
When our skin is constantly exposed to harsh UV rays, it is not surprising that sun spots, dark spots, and prematurely aged skin are prevalent issues we experience today.
Infused with green tea extract, the Zoeva Soft Rose Clay Mask aims to help us replenish skin’s moisture level depleted from dehydration and break down the clustered specks of melanin that form your sun spots and hyperpigmentation.
The Zoeva Soft Rose Clay Mask retails for S$52 (50ml) at Sephora.
16. Fenty Skin Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask With Salicylic Acid And Charcoal
Comprising four main ingredients, kaolin clay, charcoal, salicylic acid, and rhubarb and ginger extracts, the Rihanna-owned brand launched this adorable (and powerful) ice cream-inspired clay mask just a year ago to help purify pores and control sebum production.
The clay extracts the oil and impurities from our face, while the charcoal bits help detoxify our skin. At the same time, salicylic acid clears and brightens our skin, while spice extracts condition and soothe.
The Fenty Skin Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask With Salicylic Acid And Charcoal retails for S$52 (75ml) at Sephora.
17. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask
Suitable for all skin types, the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask is made with Spanish clay, sweet almond oil, and frangipani flower extract – packed with antiseptic benefits – to moisturise and soothe the skin.
It is also infused with BioNymph Peptide Complex that boosts collagen production and skin elasticity and essential oils that hydrate your skin from the inside out.
The Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask retails for S$81 (75ml) at Sephora.