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Masks for Oily Skin

Summer time can mean that you have to change up your skincare routine especially if you have oilier skin.  For some, that means lighter moisturizer and more regular cleansing, and for others it means just adding a mask to help keep skin more matte.  Most masks for oily skin have kaolin or another type of clay in them, which helps absorbs oil from deep within pores.  Some will even leave a residue in your skin so that it stays matte by absorbing excess oil throughout the day or night.  For that reason, it can be beneficial to use masks in the morning to create a nice canvas for the rest of your skincare or makeup, but I find that the best time for me to sit for 10 minutes with something on my face is at night time, so that’s when I normally do a mask.

Here are three masks that promise to take care of oily skin and leave it in better condition.
1. Garnier Clean + Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser and Mask.  This new cleanser and mask contains, yes, kaolin to help absorb excess oil on your skin.  You can use it as a mask or as a cleanser, but I find that because it’s so thick, it’s better just to use it as a mask.  Of course, if you’re in a rush, you don’t have to leave it on your skin for as long, and after a minute or two you can just wash it off, the kaolin will still have done some of its magic.  I find that sometimes it can be a little tiresome to wash dry masks off my face, so I use a wet washcloth to wipe everything off and that can make things go more quickly.
2. Caryl Baker Visage H2O Restore Glacial Mineral Mask.  While the clay in this mask will help absorb oil, the hyaluronic acid will help hydrate skin, and the aloe vera will be calming.  This mask is actually in such a moisturizing base that it doesn’t dry to a crackling finish, but because it’s minty, you probably won’t want to leave it on your skin for long.  The final effect is matte but moisturized skin.
3. Laneige Mini Pore Water Clay mask.  Unlike most clay masks that have a stiff texture, this clay mask has more of a gel texture that makes it supremely easy to spread on to skin. It also dries quickly and is very easy to wash off, making it ideal to use in the mornings, plus the refreshing gel texture is a great pick-me-up.
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