Mud Masks That Make Miracles Happen

Sometimes it pays to get a little dirty

Updated 07/26/18
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Mud masks (a mixture of water and some combination of clay, loam, and silt) conjure images of spa-goers donning plush terry robes, faces slathered with earthy goodness and eyes covered by cucumbers. These days, there are tons of mud masks that deliver all the detoxifying benefits of a session at some fancy wellness facility—in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re planning to get the girls together for a DIY spa day or just want to make self-care part of your pre-wedding regimen, these magical mud masks are a must.

Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask

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Hungarian moor mud gets an assist from marine exopolysaccharides, amino acids, and essential oils (including chamomile, rose geranium, and sage) in this potent powerhouse that lifts, plumps, firms, and brightens in just 10 minutes flat. So, yeah, it’s worth every penny.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $125

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

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This creamy, dreamy blend of African black soap, jojoba beads, kaolin, and bentonite clay gives clogged pores the one-two punch, while gently retexturizing. You’ll be amazed by just how baby-soft your skin feels after a single use.

SHOP NOW: Ulta, $35

I. Pekar Hungarian Thermal Mud

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You might not be able to jet off to the City of Baths whenever you want, but you can reap the beautifying benefits of its thermal waters. Infused with a wealth of natural minerals, this luxurious mask stimulates circulation, minimizes breakouts, and boosts hydration.

SHOP NOW: Ildi Pekar, $98

Yes To Cucumbers Cooling Mud Mask

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Ideal for sensitive skin, this ultra-refreshing formula features soothing cucumber extract, cleansing micellar water, and refining green clay. As an added bonus, the built-in metal roller cools on contact and makes for mess-free application. Now, that’s what we call chill.

SHOP NOW: Target, was $9.59, now $8.69

Maapilim Facial Mud Mask

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Dating back to the days of Cleopatra, Dead Sea mud has been considered the gold standard. Therapeutic mud sourced from ancient marine beds is combined with carrot seed and olive oils in this miracle worker. Aromas of bergamot, cedarwood, and jasmine enhance the experience.

SHOP NOW: Maapilim, $38

Karuna MatteMUD Mask

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Keep oil slicks at bay with this mattifying sheet mask. Kaolin draws out impurities and balances sebum, while green tea extract tightens pores. Leave it on until completely dry (approximately 20 minutes), then peel off to reveal a clearer, shine-free complexion.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $8

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask

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Gunk be gone! The star of this rinse-off formula is 9,000-year-old Irish moor mud, which contains a high concentration of minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids. In all fairness, hydrating hijiki seaweed plus purifying volcanic ash and activated charcoal also deserve some of the credit.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $58

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