I think the type of mask I use most is a good blemish-busting, clay-based treatment that helps me eradicate surface blemishes whilst also drawing out any others that might be on their way. However, I’m very fussy about this type of mask as I don’t like anything too feel too drying, or dry so hard it feels like my face is going to crack off with it, yet it still needs to feel strong and effective enough to actually impact the spots, both superficial and under the surface. There are only a few that do a really good job at this, and thankfully the Murad Clarifying Mask is one of them.
The Murad Clarifying Mask is a gentle but effective clay-based mask which Kaolin and Bentonite clays to do the purifying and drawing-out. To keep things calming there’s also liquorice and grape seed extract and to really fight spots they’ve included some of my favourite ingredients, such as salicylic acid and zinc. All these work together to gently dry out blemishes, with the results being pretty noticeable after just one use – I would recommend using this and following it with the Murad Blemish Clearing Solution if you’re having a particularly bad time with breakouts and want to fix them quickly. Murad do some fantastic masks and the Clarifying Mask has the right to be included in that list as it does exactly what you’d want a blemish-busting mask to do; it drys out spots, calms and soothes inflammation, removes dirt and grime from the surface of the skin, and whilst it promises to mattify, it thankfully does this without leaving the skin feeling dry or parched, making it a particularly good choice for those of us who are spot-prone but also dehydrated. It’s relatively well priced at £35, and you should get a good 7-8 uses out of the 75ml tube. The Murad Clarifying Mask is here.