It’s an image we see often when talking about skin care – a woman laying down with her face covered in a mask and cucumbers on her eyes. There are two distinct types of facial masks – clay and mud. Depending on the type of skin you have, you may want to choose one over the other. Let’s take a look at each and discuss the differences between clay and mud masks.

Facial Clay Mask

A clay mask is best used on someone who has oily skin or skin that is prone to breakouts. This type of facial mask works to absorb excess dirt and oil and it becomes a drying agent for the skin. Most clay masks are also high in nutrients, which get absorbed into the skin and can have wonderful benefits, like tightening of sagging skin and exfoliation.

One thing to keep in mind with a clay mask – don’t wait for it to get so dry that it becomes flaky. When it begins drying but is still a little sticky to touch you should wash it off.

Facial Mud Mask

Mud masks also offer a lot of great benefits for your skin, including moisturization and cleansing. They have been known to improve blood flow, rejuvenate fatigued skin and make skin appear brighter, softer and stronger. Most of the mud masks on the market today contain added natural ingredients, like honey, and many contain minerals from the Dead Sea.

The Main Difference between Clay and Mud Masks

If you’re looking into using a facial mask and you’re not sure if you should use clay or mud, think about your skin type and the goal you are trying to achieve. If your skin is dry, don’t use a clay mask or it will dry it out even more. Clay masks are best used on oily skin, where mud masks are more of a skin-healing agent for normal to dry skin.

If you’re looking for a great facial mud masks, one of our favorite brands for this product is AHAVA. AHAVA uses Dead Sea minerals in it’s products and has a focus on creating natural skincare products. They have a Purifying Mud Mask that has soothing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties with the benefits of horsetail extract. They also have a great Facial Mud Exfoliator that provides additional exfoliating and removal of dead skin cells and a whole collection of other amazing skincare products.