Affordable Face Masks for Deep Cleansing your Skin

deep cleansing face masks

A few affordable and effective deep cleansing masks that I’ve been testing out over the past few months. Actually, two of these are established “fixtures” in my beauty cupboard – the Neutrogena Visibly Clear mask and the Deep Cleansing Mask from Liz Earle – but I thought that I’d revisit them and see if they were as good as I seemed to remember. My favourite deep cleansers and clay-based masks tend to be on the pricey side (Omorovicza comes in at number one, I think, in terms of effectiveness, and I adore the Multi-Use Clay from Diptyque) and so I thought that I’d explore some options that won’t break the bank. If you want a weekly treatment that makes your skin feel de-clogged, deep-cleansed and nicely purified then one of the below might just float your boat…

Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash and Mask. When it comes to face masks for oily skin, there are hundreds of clay-based versions out there that will do the trick in terms of purifying and helping to keep skin a little clearer. What I like about the Neutrogena one is that it’s quick to work, so you can use it in the shower if you don’t have time to luxuriate in a full-length treatment, and it doesn’t feel harsh or drying. Some of the cheaper wash/masks that I’ve tried have bits of scrub in them, or a strong-smelling “antibacterial” kind of vibe, and the Neutrogena feels positively gentle in comparison! I actually think that it’s rubbish as a “wash” – Neutrogena should just market this as a mask and be done with it. As a wash, I can’t see how you get the benefits of the clay and the salicylic acid, and it’s a faff to rinse off if you’re just looking for a quick cleanse. As a clay-based mask, it’s great. It’s also only £3.50 at, which makes it a total bargain.

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Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is a newish discovery for me – I started to use it at the beginning of summer. It’s something of a revelation, for a clay treatment, because it’s bouncy and plump and almost gel-like in texture, never setting hard or completely drying. It warms up on contact with the skin, but never mind that – it’s the beautiful texture that does it for me! If you’re looking for a gentle deep cleanse that won’t dry out your skin, this is just gorgeous. Those who are spot-prone but don’t have particularly oily skin, this is a nice, inexpensive treat that’s non-aggressive and actually quite soothing, despite the scary name. £10.50 at

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask. This was one of the first product I tested when I started A Model Recommends, so it holds a special place in my beauty heart. I think that it smells like black olive tapenade, but it’s actually a clay mask with added manuka honey and propolis and rose-scented geranium. I get a distinct tingle with this one, and that’s with my AHA-hardened skin, so I’d personally go easy with it if I had sensitive skin, but it’s one of my favourite deep cleansing masks for PMT weeks and for when my skin is generally down in the dumps. It’s £14.50 from Liz Earle.

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Have you tried any of the above? I’m about to give Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior mask a whirl this week, so I’ll let you know how I get on with that one, too. It smells rather strong, but I have it on good authority that it’s a nice little number. Any Cosmetic Warrior fans out there?

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