As a self-confessed face mask junkie, mud/clay based masks play a very useful role in my skincare routine as they help to draw out impurities and keep my skin looking clear. Here are two relatively budget-friendly options from Formula 10.0.06.
Never heard of Formula 10.0.06 before? Neither had I until I spotted them in my local Boots last month. Whilst the brand are new to British shores (they only launched over here last month in Boots), Formula 10.0.06 are from the US and they've been an affordable household name since 1933. Originally developed by a chemist (hence the rather scientific sounding name), the brand had a big makeover and relaunch in 2009 which is how it looks at present.
Their main focus is on younger, teenage skin, so there are plenty of blemish fighters, clarifying kits and wipes, however as my skin still sometimes acts like a teenager, I was attracted to a couple of their products which have really good reviews from US bloggers online. We don't have the full range in the UK yet, but these two mud masks are part of what is currently available, so I've been trying them out over the past few weeks.
Formula 10.0.06 Deep Down Detox Mud Mask* (100ml, £8.99, link)
Deep Down Detox is a good mask to reach for if your skin is feeling and looking congested. It has a thickish mud like texture like most of these masks do, and it smells fresh and citrusy. The mud base is from Kaolin clay so it does a great job of removing dirt and impurities from the skin, whilst unclogging pores and basically getting all the rubbish out. Orange Oil helps to refresh and 'recharge' the skin, adding a subtle brightening effect, whilst Bergamot balances the natural oils of the skin and Sea Salt offers a deep cleanse. Gets to work in 10-15 minutes and is easy to rinse off.
Formula 10.0.06 Pores Be Pure Mud Mask* (100ml, £8.99, link)
Although Pores Be Pure is more of a 'skin-refining' mask, the results it gave me were pretty much identical to DDD above. Very similar texture, but this one has a fruity scent and uses Strawberry and Rosemary to draw out impurities, and there's Yarrow in there to help clarify the skin further. The main difference that I noticed with Pores Be Pure was that it was more difficult to wash off afterwards, so I'd recommend leaving it on for only 10 minutes to make this process easier and less drying for the skin.
Both of these mud masks essentially do the same job - they both effectively unclog pores, leave the skin thoroughly clean and looking clearer. The main difference is in the scents as the results were almost the same, though I would say Pores Be Pure left my skin feeling a little tighter and drier than Deep Down Detox did. If you're looking for a more affordable clay mask that'll give you a change from a tenner, I'd recommend Deep Down Detox for combination skin, and Pores Be Pure if yours is more oily.
Available in the UK from selected Boots stores nationwide and online at boots.com
What's your favourite clay / mud mask?