Read the ingredient list on some of your favorite products and you’re about to find clay in many of them. From white kaolin clay to bentonite clay and beyond, each serves a different purpose for your face and body. Today we’re highlighting three common clays found in Korean skincare. We’ll discuss their different properties, specify what types of skin types each is best for, and then hand you some product recommendations.
RE:P Bio Fresh Mask With Real Calming Herb utilizes kaolin clay as a primary ingredient, along with crushed calendula and chamomile. Together, these ingredients help soothe irritated, red skin while gently exfoliating and drawing out impurities. The other RE:P products also contain kaolin clay.
Bentonite is most revered for its detoxifying abilities. It’ll suck the goo right out of your pores to help tighten, tone and improve overall texture. For that reason, it’s ideal for oily skin types as a once-weekly detoxifying treatment for your skin. It can also be drying, so it’s important to follow up treatments with your regular moisturizing routine. Try Mamonde Pore Clean Clay Mask, a green mask that’s also formulated with eoseongcho and walnut shell powder.
Though the colloidal clay is sourced from Canada, Korean brand Neogen has utilized this ingredient in its Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser. It combines glacial marine oil and Canadian colloidal clay—rich in iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium—to helps nix sebum and blackheads, remove makeup, and brighten your skin while nourishing. We recommend this product for combination and oily skin types, and for those who want to minimize pore size and give blackheads the boot (read the full review of Neogen’s Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser here). Colloidal clay, in general, gives you the best of both worlds by sucking out excess goo and moisturizing at the same time to help purify and balance skin.