3 Muddy Products to Try, Inspired by Governor's Ball Festival

by Jenna Rosenstein


Gov Ball photo by Sophia PanychGov Ball photo by Sophia PanychAs I stood knee-deep in muck at last weekend's Governor's Ball Music Festival (thanks, tropical storm Andrea!), I had a lemons-to-lemonade moment: Could I possibly turn this mud bath into an impromptu, skin-brightening spa experience? Alas, no (Randall's Island mud wasn't exactly cosmetics-grade that day). But it did make me rethink mud--and its rocky, mineral-rich cousin, clay--and inspire a search for the latest, greatest earthy treatments. Here, 3 of the coolest--and not a traditional mask in the bunch:

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1. Pond's Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes. These facial wipes contain soft white kaolin clay (a mineral formed from soils in hot, tropical climates), which gently draws out impurities from your pores. They make my face feel tingly, like it's covered in wet pop rocks for a minute, but leave skin squeaky clean and soft.

2. Ahava Dermud Intensive Foot Cream. Last time I was ankle-deep in mud, I was standing in a field watching Guns N' Roses--and the result was a gunky mess and pruney toes. But after a treatment with this cream (mud from the Dead Sea) my feet are less cracked and dry thanks to the blend of minerals, aloe vera, and shea butter.

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3. Borghese Fango Active Mud for Hair and Scalp. Mud in my hair is where I would typically draw the line. And yes, this mask gets a little messy. But this one uses volcanic mud (don't go around rubbing just any mud on your head) to gently strip away product buildup and stimulate the scalp, leaving hair incredibly soft and bouncy.

Do you have a favorite mud product?

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