The carbonated bubble clay mask is the latest beauty craze. This beauty product that originates in Korea cleans and oxygenates the face, and tightens pores. It’s like getting an oxygen facial at a fraction of the cost.
If you don’t know which mask is best for your skin then this guide is for you. Today I’ll show you the best carbonated bubble clay masks and will explain how to use them.
|Elizavecca Milky Piggy||Most popular Korean mask with charcoal, bentonite and kaolin clay. Excellent cleanser.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Ebanel||Sheet bubble clay mask by an American brand, easy to apply, 10-piece set.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Elizabeth Mott||Cruelty-free American brand.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Kravin Original||Korean bentonite and kaolin clay mask with 19 natural plant extracts, vegan and cruelty-free, can be used in place of a cleanser.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Kravin Charcoal||Korean clay mask with charcoal and 18 natural plant extracts, vegan and cruelty-free, can be used in place of a cleanser.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Formula 10.0.6||Contains mineral-rich Moroccan Rhassoul clay, use instead of a foam cleanser.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|SKIN79||Bubble clay mask with green tea, plant extracts, and Moroccan Rhassoul clay, good for dry and sensitive skin, has a moisturizing effect.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Bioaqua||A budget dupe of the Milky Piggy mask, with no bentonite clay or charcoal. Still does its job.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Opiqcey Store||2 silicone brushes for applying masks. Hygienic and easy to clean.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
Best carbonated bubble clay mask
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
Elizavecca Milky Piggy carbonated bubble clay mask is an international best-seller.
This super-popular product from South Korea is packaged in a cute box featuring a piggy character wearing the mask.
The Milky Piggy mask detoxifies the skin, eliminates blackhead, cleans and narrows pores.
The mask contains white kaolin and bentonite clay and activated charcoal.
Kaolin clay gently cleanses, de-oils, and purifies the skin. It’s also effective against acne.
Bentonite clay calms inflammation, heals breakouts, and removes oil and sebum from the face.
Activated charcoal is an old remedy for poisoning.
It also purifies the skin and absorbs toxins, dirt, oil, and sebum.
When you open the jar you see a gray porous gooey product.
After you apply it to your face it starts foaming and increasing in size.
This process goes on for 5-10 minutes.
You may experience a strong tickling sensation.
But don’t worry, this foam dissolves all the dirt and sebum.
So after the mask stops foaming you should rinse your face with water and all the filth and oil will go away with it.
It does an excellent job of cleansing the skin, even better than a regular foam cleanser.
However, you shouldn’t use the bubble clay mask every day as you do with a cleanser. Only apply it twice a week.
If you use a thin layer of the mask it works as a cleanser.
But if you apply a thicker layer of the product it will exfoliate the skin and eliminate (or at least lighten) blackheads.
However, a thicker layer of the Milky Piggy mask foams up A LOT and will try to get into your nose and eyes.
Elizavecca mask is best for oily and combination skin.
It may cause a feeling of skin tightness on dry or sensitive skin.
So always use a moisturizer right after removing the mask.
This mask is not too smelly, it has a faint scent of clay that goes away when it starts bubbling on your face.
Elizavecca mask has a small spatula applicator included in the packaging that you can use to apply the mask. You shouldn’t do it with your fingers.
Alternatively, you can apply it with a silicone brush.
Don’t store the mask with the jar open because oxygen may start an unwanted bubbling reaction in the packaging.
Ebanel 10 Pack Carbonated Bubble Clay Sheet Mask
Ebanel is a skincare company from the USA that makes Korean-inspired beauty products.
The Ebanel carbonated bubble clay mask comes in form of a convenient sheet mask.
This kind of mask is very easy to apply and is pretty much mess-free.
You just need to unfold it and put it on your face, then toss it away after use.
No need to brush it on or worry about getting the product’s layer thickness right. The mask does everything for you.
The Ebanel carbonated bubble clay mask has a detoxifying, cleansing, and oxygenating effect on the skin. It also removes blackheads and tightens pores.
The mask contains bentonite clay and volcanic ash and is enriched with Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.
The volcanic ash has a drying and calming effect on oily skin with acne.
Ebanel states that this mask is a cruelty-free product that only uses plant extracts and has no animal-derived ingredients.
The manufacturer recommends applying this mask 2 times a week in the evening, before bedtime.
Place it on the face and watch the foam cover the entire surface of the mask.
You need to keep it on your face for 10-15 minutes, wait for it to bubble, toss it away, and rinse your face with lukewarm water.
The mask set contains 10 sheets. This product is made in the USA.
Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (Cruelty-Free) One Bad Motha’foamer By Elizabeth Mott
This cool looking mask with a funny name is made by Elizabeth Mott.
It’s an American brand of cruelty-free Korean inspired beauty products founded by a Korean-American lady, Alice Kim.
All Elizabeth Mott makeup and skincare proudly displays the PETA cruelty-free badge, which signifies that these products are not tested on animals.
However, the mask is not vegan because it has collagen on its list of ingredients.
The One Bad Motha’foamer carbonated bubble clay mask contains natural white kaolin clay and activated charcoal.
It also cleans and purifies the skin, removes blackheads, and leaves the face fresh and soft-feeling afterward.
It works just like the Milky Piggy mask but takes a bit more time, about 10-15 minutes.
That’s the amount of time you need to stand the tickling from the bubbles, which is not an easy task.
The bubbling is strong but you’ll have a nice feeling of a clean and refreshed face in the end.
KRAVIN Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask Original
KRAVIN Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask Charcoal
Kravin is a K-beauty company that manufactures two popular carbonated bubble clay masks.
Kravin promises that both masks are non-irritating and non-allergenic.
The Charcoal mask contains 19 natural plant extracts and the Original mask has 18 extracts.
Both masks include bentonite and kaolin clay on their lists of ingredients.
The Charcoal mask also contains charcoal that detoxifies and purifies the skin.
Both masks are cruelty-free and vegan.
The manufacturer never tests them on animals and has registered in PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies Program.
Kravin recommends several ways of using these masks.
You can either use one of them after oil and foam cleansing, or only after oil cleansing and makeup removal instead of foam cleansing, or before cleansing/shower.
If you use a Kravin mask before the cleanser you’ll need to remove the remaining product with water and a cleanser after that.
Leave the mask of your choice for 5-10 minutes to let it foam and rinse it off.
Both masks bubble up very quickly and intensely.
They leave the skin fresh, clean, and glowing.
And they are very effective against acne and great at tightening pores.
Both the original and the charcoal masks have a light and pleasant smell.
Formula 10.0.6 Total Take Away Skin-Purifying Bubble Mask
The Total Take Away carbonated bubble clay mask is different from some other products on this list because, in addition to kaolin clay, it contains Moroccan lava clay.
This kind of clay is also called the Rhassoul clay or Ghassoul clay. It’s mined in the mountains of Morocco.
It has been used as part of a traditional hammam treatment in Morocco for centuries.
Rhassoul clay is very mineral-rich and has excellent detoxifying and cleansing qualities. At the same time, it’s not harsh on the skin.
It also tightens pores and improves the complexion.
The manufacturer recommends using this mask as a replacement for the foam cleanser 1-3 times a week.
Use it after you’ve removed your makeup with an oil cleanser.
You need to apply the cleansing mask to slightly moist skin avoiding the areas around the eyes.
The mask works quickly. Let it foam up for 2-5 minutes and rinse it away with water.
The product has a very nice scent and comes packaged in a convenient tube.
SKIN79 Green Tea Pore Designing Minimizing Mask
Skin79 Pore Designing Minimizing carbonated bubble clay mask is a Korean mask that has an excellent pore tightening effect.
The mask contains great active components, such as bentonite and kaolin clay, and Moroccan Rhassoul clay.
It also contains lots of plant extracts, including green tea, Japanese camellia, and lotus.
These components keep the skin moist, soothe it, and calm irritation.
So this mask is great for dry and sensitive skin because it has a moisturizing effect.
The consistency of the mask is light and mousse-like.
It’s porous already out of the jar and bubbles up right after you apply it. It’s very soft and doesn’t cause too much tickling.
You need to let it bubble up and wait for the bubbles to pop. This will take about 10 minutes. After that, you can rinse it off.
The results are immediate. You’ll have clean-felling skin and minimized pores right away.
This mask comes with a convenient spatula applicator.
It’s quite messy so you shouldn’t use your fingers to apply it.
Apply it twice a week in a very thin layer for best results.
It has a nice and very light citrus scent.
Alinice Bioaqua Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
This mask is a Chinese budget dupe of the Elizavecca Milky Piggy carbonated bubble clay mask.
It’s made by a well-known Chinese manufacturer called Bioaqua that makes budget versions of Korean beauty products.
The mask’s packaging looks extremely similar to the Korean mask’s box and jar.
It even has a cute piggy character wearing a clay mask on the packaging.
However, being a dupe, it’s still not a clone.
It has white kaolin clay on its’s list of ingredients but contains no bentonite clay or charcoal.
The Chinese mask doesn’t look porous when it’s in the jar.
It looks like a thick glossy gray goo.
However, it’s not as thick as the Milky Piggy mask and is easier to wash off.
When you apply it the Bioaqua mask doesn’t foam as much as the Elizavecca one.
The Bioaqua mask does a good job of cleansing the face but the Elizavecca product does this job better because it has more active ingredients and produces more bubbles.
The Chinese mask has a noticeable and pleasant floral scent, while the Korean carbonated bubble clay mask is almost scent-free.
But overall, the Bioaqua mask is a good alternative to the Milky Piggy mask.
Opiqcey Store 2 PCS Silicone Face Mask Brush Set
I recommend applying a carbonated bubble clay mask with a silicone brush applicator.
It eliminates the mess and is a more hygienic way to apply the mask than by using your fingers.
Not to mention that the clay mask won’t get under your fingernails if you use a brush.
Opiqcey brushes are bristle-free and very easy to wash.
You just need to rinse it and pat it dry with a clean towel or a paper towel.
What is a carbonated bubble clay mask?
A carbonated bubble clay mask is a kind of cleansing and detoxifying mask that bubbles and foams up as soon as you apply it to your face.
It foams because it includes components that dissolve oxygen, a lot like the ones found in soda drinks.
The bubble clay mask has amazing cleaning qualities.
This mask can wipe away and absorb any dirt, impurities, and excessive oil from your face, clean out the pores, remove all the blackheads, improve the complexion, and make your skin smoother.
The oxygenation process that produces all the bubbles is what makes this mask special and what does all the cleaning.
It’s similar to an oxygen facial at a salon, but a lot cheaper and easier. And you can perform this facial at home with the help of a bubble mask.
And the clay that is the key ingredient of this mask has great absorbing power.
To prevent the skin from drying bubble mask manufacturers add moisturizing and soothing components to the mix for the right balance.
However, its primary function is to cleanse the skin and not to moisturize or nourish it.
This mask is suitable for any type of skin. It’s especially effective for oily and combination skin. But if your skin is dry or sensitive, just use it less often.
Quick and easy
A huge plus of the carbonated bubble clay mask is that it’s very quick and easy to use.
You don’t have to keep it on your face for 20-30 minutes.
It works in about 3-5 minutes and then you just wash it off.
And it’s very easy to apply.
So this mask is an ideal method of deep and at the same time gentle cleansing when you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to go to a salon.
How to apply the carbonated bubble clay mask?
Cleanse the face
Although the bubble mask is a cleansing product you still need to help it by cleansing your face before using it.
You always need to start your skincare routine by removing any makeup, dirt, or oil that has accumulated on your skin. Use a cleanser for that.
And the mask is necessary for taking your cleansing to the next level.
If you use warm water for cleansing your face it will open up the pores and will help the mask clean them out.
Apply the mask
Pat your skin dry after cleansing.
Take enough product out of the jar to distribute all over the face avoiding the eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth.
Your face should be relaxed while you’re doing it.
Apply it evenly to the face. The layer shouldn’t be thick or it won’t work properly. Use a thin layer of product.
Remember that you should never use an exfoliating/cleansing mask if you have wounds, eczema, or dermatitis on your face.
Use a silicone spatula or brush
Most carbonated bubble clay masks come with a small spatula applicator needed for picking the mask out of the jar.
You can use a special silicone brush to apply this mask.
This brush is easy to clean with ordinary soap and water.
It’s also a lot more hygienic to use an applicator instead of scooping the mask out of the jar and applying it with your fingers.
In addition to that, applying a mask with a brush is more precise and mess-free than using hands.
If you use your fingers it may start bubbling in your hands instead of the face and won’t have the necessary effect after application.
How long should I keep the carbonated bubble clay mask on my face?
Wait for it to start foaming and then wait for the bubbles to pop.
Most bubble masks take only 3 to 5 minutes to fully bubble up and do their job of cleaning your face.
It’s a lot quicker than when using all other types of masks.
You get an almost instant result without the need to wait too long.
You’ll know you’re on the right track when your face starts looking like the face of the Michelin Man or an Ewok. That’s when the mask is at its foaming peak.
As soon as all the bubbles have formed and popped, and parts of the mask start falling off your face you can rinse the mask off.
Never keep the mask on your face for a longer period of time than what’s indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you let it stay on for too long it may start drying your skin because it has clay inside.
Don’t let the bubble mask dry on your face completely or it will start absorbing the moisture from your skin.
Also, never leave it on overnight.
How to remove the carbonated bubble clay mask?
After all the bubbles have popped massage the foam into your skin lightly with a bit of warm water for about a minute.
This is necessary to fully dissolve all the dirt that’s clogging your pores.
Wash your hands before massaging it in.
Then wash the remaining mask off with water.
You can wash it off in the sink.
Some clay masks are notorious for clogging up the drain.
But this mask has a lighter texture because it turns into a foam so it won’t clog anything.
Use a toner and serum after the mask
The next step after cleansing and deep cleansing with a carbonated bubble clay mask is applying moisturizing and nourishing products.
So use a toner and serum after the mask.
The toner will prepare your skin for the absorption of other products. And the serum works on specific skin problems.
When should I use the carbonated bubble clay mask?
Masks in the Korean 10-step skincare routine
The famous Korean 10-step skincare routine incorporates some type of mask as one of its steps.
This routine should be followed both in the morning and in the evening.
It consists of:
- Oil cleanser
- Foam/cream cleanser
- Exfoliator (or a carbonated bubble clay mask)
- Sheet mask
- Eye Cream
- Sunscreen (morning) or night cream (evening)
Since the carbonated bubble clay mask is a cleansing step it should be used in place of an exfoliator right after the cleanser and before toner and ampoule/serum.
And since this mask clarifies and exfoliates the skin you should use it during your evening routine
How often should I use the carbonated bubble clay mask?
Since this mask is an advanced cleansing and peeling product you should never use it too often.
Once a week for people with dry and sensitive skin and twice a week for people with oily or combination skin is more than enough.
No need to apply it every day or you will just irritate the skin and cause breakouts.
Also, never use this mask with other types of masks at the same time.
You can use moisturizing or soothing masks on other days or during other steps of your skincare routine.
How to store my carbonated bubble clay mask?
Unlike sheet masks, for example, most bubble clay masks should be stored at room temperature.
While you need to keep other masks cool, bubble masks don’t require low temperatures.
So there’s usually no need to put this kind of mask in the fridge.
Just keep the bubble mask away from direct sunlight.
In any case, always read the manufacturer’s instructions and store the mask according to them.
Most carbonated bubble clay masks can stay fresh for 2-3 years at room temperature when unopened.