Sylvia Plath once wrote, "There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."
How Plath felt about baths is how I feel about mud masks. There's something incredibly soothing about spending a half hour on the evening of a stressful workweek and slathering a thick layer of mud on your face -- better, and lazier, than yoga.
I wasn't a devoted mud mask user until I bought a jar from Sabon on the strong recommendation of a store associate a few years ago. If there are better mud masks out there, I probably won't discover them, because I'm devoted to this one.
Sabon's mask is made from mud sourced in the Dead Sea, along with allantoin and chamomile extract, the latter of which are natural anti-skin irritants. You'll want to wash your face with warm water and cleanser before putting it on. Although I tend to keep mine on for about 20 minutes (I get distracted easily), Sabon recommends you keep it on for 10 -- about the time it takes to go from a creamy paste to caked mud. You can remove it easily with warm water and a wash cloth.
Afterward, your skin will be softer, smoother and cleaner -- almost as if you'd had a full facial. In my experience it helps prevent breakouts, and I usually feel the good effects for a few days.
Sabon mud mask, $35, available at Sabon.