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Sometimes, even good girls should play dirty. This is especially true when it comes to skincare, specifically facial masks. Masks made from earthy clay help to pull oils and debris out of your pores, while the rough texture exfoliates. Exfoliation gives you a naturally radiant and glowing complexion. So go ahead, play dirty. Get some clay under your fingernails. Just don't tell your mom.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay
SkinCeuticals' clarifying clay mask earned an editor's pick award from "InStyle" magazine in both 2009 and 2010. It's formulated from two different kinds of clay, which suck out oils without dehydrating your skin. Meanwhile, an infusion of all-natural fruit acids and glycolic acid--a form of alpha hydroxy acid--chemically exfoliate away rough, damaged skin cells, while also helping to control blemishes. It's perfect for the time-starved girl who needs her beauty products to do double duty.
Bioré Purify Self Heating Mask
Bioré's mask, which comes endorsed by "Real Simple" magazine, will leave you feeling all warm and tingly -- literally! Once you rub it on, water activates self-heating mechanisms that warm the surface of your skin to encourage your pores to open. This helps the clay in the mask to more effectively draw out impurities in your skin that make your complexion appear dull. Once the mask is done doing it's thing, it turns blue, to signal that the process is done.
SkinMedica Calming Masque
Who doesn't love a good tea party? Skinmedica's tea-infused clay mask won a recommendation from "InStyle," with the magazine calling it the best clay mask for people with sensitive skin. The tea extracts--which include antioxidant-rich green tea--help to both nourish and soothe your skin, while the clay works at exfoliating and detoxing. Feel free to sip some tea while waiting for the clay to dry.
Estee Lauder So Clean
Who knew getting your face dirty could leave you so clean? Estee Lauder's clay mask comes praised by "Shape" magazine as one of the best ways to fight oily face conditions during the summer. Its rich, creamy consistence comes from its infusion of moisturizing ingredients that help condition your skin, while the clay grabs and absorbs surface oils.