If you have oily skin, it can be difficult to find a face mask that isn't going to exacerbate your oiliness, but won't dry out your skin either. We decided to find the top 5 face masks for oily skin based on the best ingredients that help to control and manage excess oil so you can understand how each one works and choose one that is suitable for your skin type.
Many face masks for oily skin contain oil-absorbing ingredients such as Clay and Salicyic Acid. While these are brilliant at helping to mattify your complexion and give you a smooth finish, it is important to make sure that you rehydrate your skin afterwards. This is due to the fact that when your skin believes that oil is being taken away, it can produce more to overcompensate. So, once you've treated it to a mask, make sure you add some hydration back in so you don't undo the mask's hard word!
The Best Ingredients In Face Masks For Oily Skin
Finding the right products for your skin type can be difficult, so if you are struggling to discover what will work best for you, then have a look at our Oily Skin Guide, which gives advice on how to best look after your skin.
1.Kaolin ClayThis is a type of White Clay, which works to absorb excess oil and help mattify the skin. Out of all the clays, White Kaolin is the most gentle and therefore great to use if you have sensitive skin. As it is more gentle than the others, it doesn't absorb as much oil, so if you suffer from mild oiliness, this is the ingredient for you. If you want a stronger face mask for excess oiliness, then opt for Red Clay, which is discussed below. We love: The Gallinée La Culture Face Mask and Scrub contains a blend of White Kaolin, Vitamin E, Sea Minerals and Prebiotics to absorb excess oiliness whilst nourishing and protecting your skin.
2.CopaibaCopaiba is a type of resin from the trees of South America. It helps to tighten the skin, reduce inflammation and clear blemishes. It also contains a high amount of nourishing Omega Oils, which will help to keep your skin hydrated while it absorbs excess oil. We love: Pai's Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask, which gently detoxes the skin without causing irritation or dryness. The addition of Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA's) help to slough off dead skin cells to unblock pores and leave you with a smooth and even complexion.
3.Red ClayRed Clay is brilliant at absorbing excess oils on the skin, so if you do suffer from severe oiliness, then this is a great ingredient to add into your routine. It has great pulling power, so is brilliant if you have acne or blemishes associated with oiliness, as it will help to draw out the impurities and clear your skin. We love: The First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask, which contains a blend of Red Clay and Rosemary Leaf Oil to regulate excess sebum production, control oil and mattify the skin.
4.Bentonite ClayThis is a super absorbing ingredient that reduces excess sebum and oil on the skin. It works by "electrically charging" the molecules when they come into contact with water, which attracts toxins into the clay and out of your pores for a deep clean feeling. As a result, it's great if you suffer from severe excess oiliness and congestion. We love: Dermalogica's Skin Refining Masque, which contains a blend of Bentonite and Kaolin Clay to suit all skin types. The mask absorbs impurities from the skin to leave you with a clean complexion.
5.GlycerinAlthough not a clay, and not primarily an oil-absorbing ingredient, Glyercin is what is actually used in primers to keep your makeup from slipping, making it great to use on oily skin types. It helps to keep the skin hydrated without clogging it up, which is ideal when combined with oil-absorbing ingredients such as clay. We love: Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Oil Absorbing Mask, which contains a blend of Glycerin and Kaolin Clay to unblock pores, reduce imperfections and leave your complexion smooth, matte and even.