Not only are face masks a relaxing treat (best enjoyed with an Old Hollywood movie and a glass of Prosecco, IMO), but they're also important when it comes to keeping your skin in check. You can find dozens of options tailored to an array of specific skin issues like acne, dryness, and dullness. But regardless of your skin type, everyone can benefit from a regular detoxifying mask to clear out environmental pollutants and bacteria that build up and get trapped in your pores. If you need help finding the best detox mask for your skin type, stay with me here.
People with oily skin tend to have more experience with detox masks since they're often marketed as ideal for removing excess oil and unclogging pores. The star ingredient (or ingredients) in these detox masks is almost always some kind of clay. Known for being natural detoxifiers that are also full of good-for-skin nutrients, clays like kaolin, bentonite, and montmorillonite draw out impurities in the skin while gently exfoliating. Activated charcoal is another oily skin favorite that similarly works like a magnet to lift away pore-clogging dirt and bacteria, as well as excess oil.
While clay and charcoal are gentle enough for normal or dry skin types when used just once a week, there are other detoxifying ingredients you can look for to keep skin soothed. Dead Sea mud is popular for drawing out impurities while leaving skin moisturized, or you can opt for a detoxifying mask that's formulated with additional smoothing and hydrating ingredients, like vitamin E and hyaluronic acid.