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By Christina Vercelletto

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Clay is having its day in the sun. If you want to nix breakouts and heal and soothe your skin, consider putting one particular earthy ingredient in your arsenal: clay. Clay’s high mineral content draws out impurities without over-drying. Also, it’s a naturally soothing purifier, explains Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Founder & Director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. “Clay is an ingredient that’s been used for thousands of years to calm the skin and reduce oil.”

In the long-term battle against acne, watching what you eat can help. “Diet is the biggest issue,” adds Dr. Tanzi. “A low-carbohydrate and gluten-free diet are best to reduce inflammation.” While you’re working on that, these six standouts with clay as the hero ingredient can get you glowing. It’s the no. 1 trending beauty ingredient, according to the 2017 Think with Google beauty reports, so do try all of these at home:

Smooth operator
Bentonite clay, a super sebum sucker, teams up with gently exfoliating kaolin clay in SkinCeuticals’ Clarifying Clay Masque. Then, as pores are decongested, Chamomile heals and calms breakouts. The silky-smooth formula isn’t even a tiny bit gritty; SkinCeuticals.com.

Break out the bubbly
Free of parabens, silicones, and phthalates, PURE-CLAY Purify & Mattify Cleanser morphs into an airy foam with water, then splashes away easily. The Purify-Mattify formula leans on eucalyptus to lift all the nasties from pores; Lorealparisusa.com.


 
Just a minute now
Joanna Vargas’ Exfoliating Mask packs a one-two punch with kaolin clay and its cousin volcanic ash: both vacuum impurities from skin without over-drying. Time-deprived? It works beautifully as a 60-second scrub; Nordstrom, VioletGrey.com, JoannaVargas.com.


 
Pinky promise
The calamine in SKIN & LAB Dr. Pore Tightening Pink Clay Facial Mask soothes irritation and reduces redness. Its special pink floral complex nurtures skin with antioxidants; ULTA.com.


 
Calling all DIY divas!
While you relax, dreaming of the ultimate spa day, the kaolin clay in Yes To Cucumbers Calming Powder-to-Clay Mask works its magic. The cuke extract makes this DIY face mask a top pick for ultra-sensitive skin. And it’s fun to whip it up with the cute little kit. Find this at ULTA.com, Target.com.

Babe magnet
Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask gets extra oomph from willow bark extract and charcoal, sweeping pores clean of excess oil, pollution, and dead skin cells. The particles of ocean clay contain a negative electrical charge. It’s like minuscule magnets are pulling out the deepest gunk; Walgreens, ULTA, Target.

So go ahead, play with some clay.

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Originally published September 2017

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