Ingredient: Volcanic Ash
INCI: Volcanic Ash Pumice
Sources: Areas with Volcanic Activities such as the Ring of Fire
Our rating: GOOD
What is Volcanic Ash:
Volcanic ash is produced when an eruption is about to take or is taking place. Volcanic ashes spew pieces of pulverized rock like sand or rock dust made of silica with some amounts of potassium, sodium, aluminum and iron. It contains sodium bentonite and has similar properties to Kaolin Clay. Trace quantities of other metals may also be present but these are not high enough to pose any health problems. The first use of sodium bentonite clay was recorded in Mesopotamia around 2500 B.C. and ancient Egyptians used it as a preservative for making mummifying bodies.
Benefits of Volcanic Ash:
The volcanic ash clay contains sodium bentonite, a substance that contains a strong negative charge that bonds with the positive charge in toxins to remove impurities. This clay is rich in minerals and has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It is widely used as a natural skin purifier to cleanse, purify and detoxify the skin.
The active ingredient sulfur helps the body to resist bacteria, improving the immune system. Our hemoglobin and connective body tissues contain sulfur that helps to purify the blood, stimulate bile secretion, protect the protoplasm of cells and synthesize collagen. Sulfur is part of the chemical structure of amino acids like glutathione, taurine, cysteine and methionine which are crucial for a healthy skin.
The ashes act as a mild exfoliator by removing the dead cells from the skin’s surface, giving it an even skin tone. Volcanic ashes eliminate toxins from skin pores. They control the oil/sebum production by absorbing excess oil/sebum, making the ashes a key ingredient for treatments of oily and acne skin. They also help to shrink large pores, thereby keeping oil and dirt from clogging up the pores, which could cause blackheads and breakouts.
Side Effects & Toxicity:
An extremely safe ingredient, Volcanic Ash has no known toxicity in general use and is shown to be non-irritating and suitable for sensitive skin.
The volcanic ashes are of a very fine size and can be breathed deep into the lungs. Even healthy individuals exposed to the particles will experience chest discomfort with increased coughing and irritation. Staying indoors is the best and safest option.