Volcanic ash is used as an ingredient in skin care products due to its high content of the mineral sulphur. Organic sulphur is a highly moisturising substance found in many skin care items and contributes to the reduction of wrinkles. Volcanic ash is found in many face washes, soaps, exfoliating scrubs and face masks.
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Soap & Face Wash
Volcanic ash is used in soaps and face wash and is a common ingredient in Japanese skin care products. SUHADASHIKOU skin care company manufactures a 100 per cent vegetable volcanic ash white sandbar bar soap for the face that contains 16-million-year-old volcanic ash collected from Freiburg, Germany. Japanese manufacturer Yuze makes a deep-cleansing face foam for removing impurities. Zarmars brand produces a face foam made with volcanic ash white sandbar. The Scrub Your Butt Soap Company makes volcanic ash gel soaps that promise to draw out toxins and leave skin smooth. Soap company Natural Handcrafted Soap produces a volcanic ash soap with cocoa butter.
M.A.C. makes a volcanic ash thermal mask made with volcanic ash and natural oils. When water is added, the mask heats up, which causes the oils to lubricate the skin as it deep cleans, softens and evens skin texture, according to the product description. Skin care company Clay Essentials also produces face masks made with volcanic ash and essential oils. Their masks' labels claim to help combat wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite, blemishes and deep clean skin. Fenix makes a replenishing volcanic face mask with volcanic ash, natural china clay and bentonite clay that is supposed to remove excess oils without drying skin. Volcanic Earth Organic Skin Care produces a natural clay mask free from chemicals, preservatives and artificial colourings. The company promises the mask tones skin, draws out toxins and eases inflammation.
Besides their face mask, M.A.C. manufactures a volcanic ash exfoliator as well. The mask also contains silica and sugar for exfoliating purposes. Volcanic Earth Organic Skin Care produces a coconut oil and volcanic ash exfoliating scrub. Estee Lauder's So Polished Exfoliating Scrub uses volcanic ash as its active ingredient and is suitable for all skin types. The Volcanic Butt Buffer Body Scrub from The Natural and Pure Boutique is made to smooth cellulite and acne on and around the buttocks. Kyoku is a men's skin care company that produces a volcanic ash facial scrub that promises to remove blackheads and ingrown hairs as well as prevent blemishes and combat oily skin.
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