Nothing says self-care like a pamper sesh at home with your favourite face mask. Had a bad day? Face mask. Broken out? Face mask. Tired, puffy eyes? Face mask. Stressed? Well, you get the point.
Whilst there’s a MYRIAD of face masks on the market to choose from, pink clay masks in particular remain a popular favourite—and for good reason.
Combining red and white clay which gives it its colour (we’re going back to first grade art class now), pink clay is hailed for its detoxifying benefits and ability to draw impurities directly out of the skin. It’s rich in minerals including silica, which helps restore skin elasticity and targets a number of skin concerns such as congestion, irritation and inflammation. Pink clay is also said to be the gentlest of all the clays (compared to red or green clay, for example) and most suitable for sensitive skin types.
Yes, clay face masks will have your face feeling like an old cracking terracotta pot and strip you of your power to talk, laugh and basically show any signs of human emotion for at least 10-20 minutes, but any beauty buff will tell you that it’s totally worth it in the end and it will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and smooth thereafter.
Ready to jump on the pink clay bandwagon? Here’s some prods you should be putting on your radar if you haven’t done so already:
Gen Clay Urban Defence Purifying Pink Clay Mask
When it comes to city living, pollution can be doing your skin more damage than you know. This Urban Defence Purifying Pink Clay Mask by Generation Clay (BLAQ’s sister brand) aims to tackle just that. Made with native Aussie fruit, kakadu plum, this mask is bursting with both antioxidants and vitamin C along with added Vitamin A for a clearer complexion.
Skin Republic Pink Clay Mud Sheet Mask
Combining the convenience of a sheet mask with the cleansing properties of a mud mask, this one by Skin Republic works to instantly boost radiance thanks to key ingredients goji berries and white mulberries. Perfect for a quick, easy and effective face mask minus the price tag.
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask
This powdered clay by Herbivore Botanicals combines a mix of French pink clay, rose petals, rosehip and chamomile flowers designed to purify, soothe and cleanse stressed out skin. Simply mix with water to preferred consistency.
Alya Skin Australian Pink Clay Mask
Pink Perfect is 100% vegan and made with natural ingredients including kaolin clay, aloe vera and witch hazel. According to reviews, you can look forward to noticeably brighter skin in just 10 minutes.
Ideal for oily or blemish-prone skin, this sheet mask works to tighten the appearance of pores to achieve a matte—naturally radiant—finish.
Sand & Sky Pink Clay Mask
Made from Australian pink clay combined with ingredients such as kakadu plum and old man’s weed (not even joking), there’s a reason this Insta-famous face mask racked up a 12,000+ person waitlist following its launch last year.
Lovely Day Hyaluron & Bloom Pink Clay Mask
Say goodbye to dry, winter skin with this antioxidant-rich, intense moisture formula which promises a healthy, vibrant glow.