The Mud Mask Edit

All in all, I like the idea of an earthly concoction resting on my skin. By that, I mean i’m a sucker for any ingredients that sound like they came from a lost underwater civilization. Being obsessed with skincare means many things for me, but one thing is always for certain: mud masks. They’ve been around for ages, they work, plain and simple. However, their resurgence in popularity prompted me to try out a few of the latest and greatest around and elaborate on their differences just for you.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask
This tub filled with jet black paste, reminiscent of gack (90’s Nickelodeon flashback, anyone?), is infused with 9,000 year-old black Moor Mud that’s been harvested by hand from the Irish countryside and contains vitamins, amino acids, trace elements, and bio-minerals. What’s this so-called Irish Moor Mud made of, you ask? It’s the result of the natural decomposition of herbs, flowers and plants over a period of thousands of years. That sounds deep, and we’re into it. In addition, you can find Hijiki Seaweed, volcanic ash and activated charcoal that detoxify and shrink those annoying pores that seem to show up at the worst moments.

With celebrities raving about the ‘glow’ power of this mud mask for the past several years, GLAMGLOW is a brand you’ve most definitely heard of by now. Enlisting the help of several key ingredients including volcanic rock, French clay and whole green tea leaves, you’ll feel a slight tingle upon application. This mask definitely imparts that tight i-can’t-really-move-my-face feeling, but in the end it’s all worth it ’cause you can be all ‘i woke up like this’ the morning after.

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask 
All the way from Hungary (we’re so international, right?), Omorovicza brings us a beautiful product line inspired by the healing thermal waters in which the brand derives one of its elemental ingredients. Having a long-winded history, in the 1800’s the Omorovicza family founded the Racz spa in the heart of Budapest, which was then revisited by descendent Stephen and his wife Margaret two hundred years later. Since then, the brand has grown to become an established, result-oriented company. Moving on to results, shall we? To put it simply, this mask is the Cadillac of mud masks. The consistency is on the thinner side, and in my humble opinion, is the kind of mud mask I could see myself doing more than once a week. It’s non-drying and definitely lends itself to a makeshift at-home spa ritual situation.

Fango Ferma Firming Mud Mask For Face And Body
Multi-tasking bath products are everything! I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t love a good scrub in the tub. Let’s be honest, throughout the work week your face needs some TLC but so does your body, and the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to appreciate my sacred shower time. Derived from traditional Tuscan spa treatments, this exfoliating duo does away with dull skin and makes you feel exceptionally clean. I put this baby on my entire face/body for a few minutes while I let my conditioner sit and my skin was like as soft as a baby’s bottom post-shower.

The Estee Edit White Mud Exfoliating Scrub + Mask 
If you suffer from oily skin, this might become your new savior. This mask is like a scrub, but better. You leave it on for a few, do a little dance (preferably a la Napoleon Dynamite and Jamiroquai) and when you wipe it off, the super creamy white porcelain clay and jojoba beads join forces for a lovely exfoliation. This has become a go-to express mask for me when I only have five minutes to spare and am in search of that squeaky clean feeling.


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