4 comfy yet chic outfit ideas to get you ready for a post-lockdown world

Edaein OConnell

8 predictions for the 2021 Best Picture Oscar nominations

Jennifer McShane

This terraced home in Donnybrook is on the market for €1.45 million

Megan Burns

Alice Ward on her Irish surf film featuring the female surfers who call our wild...

Lauren Heskin

‘They won’t stop until she miscarries’: Chrissy Teigen is right to defend Meghan Markle

Jennifer McShane

5 ingenious small space design ideas inspired by real homes

Lauren Heskin

Susan Jane White shares her scrumptious ‘I can’t believe it’s beetroot’ beetroot chocolate cake

IMAGE

In defence of cacao from a daily cacao practitioner

Niamh Ennis

The weekend shopping fix: dopamine dressing and beauty that gives back

Holly O'Neill

Image / Beauty

Clay masks that really detox the skin


by Aisling Keenan
21st Oct 2019

Clay masks are your skin’s best friend when you need more than  just a cleanse, or more than an exfoliation. These get right in there, detoxing and purifying before your eyes…


These three are completely different from each other in terms of experience, but fairly similar in terms of what they try to achieve. Depending on your budget and needs, there’s something here to suit. Clay gets in there and draws out imperfections, pulling oils and dirt from the skin.

For a soothing detox…

clay masks

Yon Ka Paris Masque 103

€37 from millies.ie

YonKa Masque 103 is a detoxifying mask that contains three kinds of clay. It really works well on excess oil, if you have any, and leaves the pores tightened and the complexion brightened.

I use this one about once a week after cleansing. You leave it on for 15 minutes, and can keep it damp by spraying it intermittently with thermal water. The skin feels unreal after use, I can testify to that.

For getting rid of impurities…

clay masks

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

€3.99 from hollandandbarrett.ie

Okay so it’s not strictly clay, but charcoal and clay are one in the same when it comes to clearing and clarifying the skin. This one is budget friendly, but single-use, with 96% naturally derived ingredients.

This is the one I’d lash on the week of a big weekend – so I’d probably do it the Monday before a weekend where I want to be glowing. It gives the skin time to expel anything icky and then you can be guaranteed a glow for the weekend.

For a deep cleanse…

clay masks

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

€57 from Space NK

Great news – Fresh has just launched into Space NK on Grafton St. Meaning this product is readily available to Irish customers now.

This multitasking product can be used as a mask or as a cleanser. The key ingredient, Umbrian clay, works to provide oil control and spot treatment for imperfections. In other words, a full skin detox. It’s suitable for all skin types, and it helps to minimise pores and reduce shine without dehydrating or dulling the complexion.


Read more: The IMAGE Beauty Awards: the winning masks

Read more: Beauty desk drops: three go-to masks

Read more: New gen hair masks – which ones are worth the spend?

Photo from Unsplash

Also Read

BEAUTY
The ultimate skin prep that you can do while you binge-watch Netflix

Planning a Netflix night in? Indulge yourself in a self-care...

By Shayna Sappington

BEAUTY
The ultimate guide to facial gadgets for great skin

LED pens, gua shas, facial massage tools – here’s your...

By Holly O'Neill

bath
BEAUTY
How to turn your bath into a self-care sanctuary

Welcome to the Serious Bathers Club Are you ready to...

By Holly O'Neill

BEAUTY
The MAC x Harris Reed collaboration is redefining how we wear make-up

By Holly O'Neill

BEAUTY
Fenty Skin is now available in Ireland — meet the range

Fenty Skin’s four product offering is a cleanser, toner-serum, an...

By Holly O'Neill

mascaras
BEAUTY
The greatest new mascaras for volume and lengthening

 New mascaras with high-powered formulas What is the make-up item...

By Holly O'Neill

BEAUTY, IRISH DESIGN
#ShopIrish Spotlight: Stories Parfums, the niche fragrance range exploring the power of perfume

Supporting Irish business is a passion of ours at IMAGE...

By Holly O'Neill

BEAUTY
The Ordinary have launched a €5 full-coverage concealer

The Ordinary, the Internet’s favourite beauty brand, are launching an...

By Holly O'Neill