This Weird Beauty Product Is Making a Comeback

"I'm off to powder my nose..." is something you'll actually be saying, thanks to these timeless, complexion-clearing formulas, centuries in the making.

Face masks haven't always come in the form of easy-to-use sheets and ready-made potions; a little DIY. used to be involved. For thousands of years, powdered clay was the pore-cleansing treatment of choice—and today, the benefits of dermatology and modern packaging have made those masks considerably more refined. Pick the right one for your skin, mix it up with a little water, apply to your face, let sit for 10 to 20 minutes, and rinse off. A change in routine might just be what your skin needs!

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The Detoxers

Any clay-based mask will work wonders for oily skin, but the strawberry extract in this powder mask boosts collagen production, as well. Consider this a gentle reset button for acne-prone skin.

Pink Clay and Rosehip Vitamin C Facial Mask, $32, palermo-body.myshopify.com.

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When your skin is freaking out, a powerful face mask can sometimes leave it looking even worse. Captain Blankenship's Mermaid mask draws out impurities with French green clay, and its matcha and algae calm inflammation—so you get a deep clean that's also soothing.

Mermaid Detox Face Mask, $30, captainblankenship.com.

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Don't have the time to do a face mask? Just use a wet cotton pad to dab Mario Badescu's silver powder to your T-zone, let it sit for 10 minutes, and rinse. The powdered zinc oxide fights acne, so you don't have to spend your precious time on a super-involved anti-zit routine.

Silver Powder by Mario Badescu, $12, ulta.com.

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The Glow-Givers

Composed of gentle French pink clay, pumpkin powder, chickpea flour, and aloe vera powder, Meow Meow Tweet's mask is formulated to benefit every skin type—seriously. Together, the clay and chickpea flour draw out impurities, while pumpkin powder and aloe vera soothe and brighten skin for an all-around glow. Consider this your all-in-one champion.

Face Mask, $30, meowmeowtweet.com.

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Nothing beats flower power for your skin—especially if it's coming from hibiscus, which is rich in alpha hydroxy acids. S. W. Basics' powder mask increases skin cell turnover for a brighter, more even complexion. Whether your skin is looking generally lackluster or you're getting over a bout of acne, a little bit of acid will perk things up.

Hibiscus Mask, $22, swbasics.com.

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Sensitive skin can benefit from clay, too. Fig + Yarrow uses super-gentle illite clay along with chamomile essential oil for a nourishing deep clean that exfoliates and tones even the driest skin.

Gold Clay Mask, $24, figandyarrow.com.

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The Exfoliator

Clay isn't the only powder that's good for your skin. Tatcha's rice powder follows a long Japanese tradition of using the powdered grain as a gentle exfoliant. Want your skin to really look its best? Use this exfoliant before applying the powder mask of your choice: it will slough away dead skin cells to give you a healthy glow.

Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, $65, tatcha.com.

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