I Thought All Mud Masks Were Too Drying—Until I Tried This One

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

I am a skincare fanatic—I cherish my cleansers, moisturizers, and eye creams and treat my serums like my biological children. I research facials in my free time and use masks every few days like clockwork. I've fallen for every variety from sheet to gel masks and cream to fizzy, bubbling formulas. I've tried Hanacure, Biologique Recherche's Maque Vivant, and just about every other cult-favorite pick on the market. But I've never really been able to get behind clay masks. I understand they have value—they purify, unclog pores, and exfoliate your skin—but they've always been a bit too harsh my dry, sometimes sensitive complexion. Until recently, I'd pretty much written them off entirely.

Then, I had a meeting with Borghese, a brand known for its Italian heritage and luxury products. It recently completely revamped its formulas and began offering masks for the entire spectrum of skin concerns. I opted for the Fango Riparativo Calming Mud Mask ($48), a product meant to heal dry, chapped skin while also purifying and helping to minimize pores. It's a super gentle, hydrating formula with all the same benefits as a usual clay mask. In it, allantoin calms and helps reduce redness, while safflower oil softens, smooths, and enhances your skin's elasticity. Then, lemon extract works as an astringent to balance everything off (preventing breakouts and keeping pores clear and clean). A blend of lavender extract—known for antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties—and mineral-rich Tuscan clay enhances cell turnover. Pretty much this mask is everything I've ever wanted, all in one compact jar.