Mud is clay, soil, loam, or silt, mixed with water. It usually forms after rainfall or near water sources. Mud is rich in natural minerals and nutrients and can be used on the skin to draw out contaminants and impurities, absorb excess oil efficiently, and act as an excellent delivery system for skin-treatment actives.
There are distinct types of mud and the nutrients within the mud, the absorbency and trace mineral content can vary as well. A mud with high oil absorption is used to treat oily skin, while a less absorbent clay, with the addition of hydrators is best for drier skin. But regardless of the differences, mud’s benefits include:
- Cleansing: As mud masks they tend to pull up the excess oil and dirt from within your skin. They can soothe existing blemishes or even prevent future blemishes from emerging when they are used weekly
- Exfoliation: Natural mud masks do not contain microbeads, making them an environmentally safe way to take care of your skin.
- Enriching: The natural minerals in mud masks - including calcium, sulphate, and , magnesium - are great for your skin.
- Slowing down the aging process: As you get older, your skin produces fewer oils. Because mud masks are so full of good nutrients for your skin, they can give a youthful glow to your face and return some of those oils to your skin in combination with a moisturizer.
Some of our favorite products include:
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
This gentle black facial cleansing balm is rich in Hungarian Moor Mud, whose unique mineral complex detoxifies and purifies the skin.
Wonder Valley Olive Mud Mask
Melding a rare olive pulp with mineral clays, Wonder Valley has created a detoxifying face mask with the dual benefits of extracting impurities and pollutants while adding hydration. The result: incomparably softer skin and a revived, clear complexion
Joanna Czech The Face Mask
Silky and comforting, this sheet mask hydrates, soothes, and protects skin from oxidative stress. Bentonite clay helps to unclog pores and draw out impurities.
Environ's Hydrating Clay Mask
This multi-tasking product may be used as a daily micro-exfoliant, as a 20-minute hydrating treatment or as an overnight treatment mask. The luxurious, creamy clay mask assists in absorbing excess surface oils and gently polishes the skin’s surface, leaving it feeling smoother and looking more radiant and refined.
Biologique Recherche VIP O2
This refreshing and oxygenating mask contains marine elastin to moisturize, white clay to purify, Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Complex to brighten, essential fatty acids of omega 3 & 6 to moisturize and cucumber extract to calm and soothe.
Megababe Bust Dust
This ultrafine, 100% natural powder is. Formulated with bacteria-fighting lavender, organic kaolin clay and soothing chamomile, it acts as a daily armor to protect against sweat seeping through your top.