Mud Masks vs. Clay Masks: What's the Difference?

Mud Masks vs. Clay Masks: What's the Difference?

Okay, hold up. We know it’s really exciting to slather on facial masks especially when they come in pretty packaging, but do you know if you’re using the right kind? These masks have their own unique benefits to the skin when applied. You will learn that a particular mask can give your skin proper hydration, detox, or oil-absorption and you can choose a type of mask depending on the benefits you need. It may be super tempting to just load up on every kind of mask there is, but it is important that you only use one that is actually benefiting your skin. So before choosing a product to use, you must first know what type of skin you have.


A mud mask is more of a hydrating mask. They are known to moisturize, cleanse, and refresh fatigued skin to make it appear brighter, softer, and clearer. This mask also improves blood flow under the skin, absorbs dirt, and repairs skin tissue, which enhances the skin's natural elasticity, making it appear younger. Most mud masks feature natural ingredients like honey, green tea, and marine algae and minerals.


Clay masks are most beneficial to oily skin, or skin prone to breakouts. This type of mask is known to absorb dirt and oil, and it is mostly used for drying out excessively oily skin. In addition, it is also nutrient-rich and can tighten sagging skin, exfoliate dead skin cells, and refine enlarged pores. One thing to note about clay masks: don’t let it dry too long that it becomes flaky on your skin. As it dries, wait for it to be just a little sticky to the touch before you wash it off.


Both masks are similar in that they both come from the earth, but the difference lies in the benefits they provide. A mud mask is a skin-healing product. It is water-based and hydrating so it is best used by people with dry or dull skin. Our favorite is the Glacial Marine Mud Mask, which has 50 beneficial minerals and fine colloidal particles that allows it to cleanse and hydrate with impeccable consistency. 

A clay mask is more of a cosmetic, skin-drying agent so someone with combination to oily skin will love this type of mask. It is most useful to prevent and clear breakouts and blemishes. We absolutely adore the Clay Pack Deep Cleansing Masque. We love it because it effectively draws out excess oils and minimizes blackheads and whiteheads... and it smells like pancakes! Haha!

In summary, if you’re looking into it and you aren’t sure if you should go mud or clay, think about your skin type and the benefits you want and it will lead you to the right product.

Oily = clay, dry = mud. Get it? Got it? Good ;)



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