Volcanic Ash is truly Mother Nature's natural skin purifier. Not only is it rich in minerals, its exfoliating properties mean that it is ideal for removing the dead outer layers of skin as it cleanses the skin in the process. Volcanic ash particles are finely crushed and may
be as small as 1/1,000th of an inch (or 0.025mm).
The ash does not dissolve in water and so makes for
a fantastic, mild exfoliant. We also use volcanic
ash in our foot scrubs and body scrubs because of
its purification and cleaning qualities.
Volcanic ash is quite similar to fine sand (silicon) and the mineral particles are tiny (easily (under 2 mm across). The ash is ejected from the mouth of the volcano, along with quite big, volcanic rocks. This plume of ash, rock and pumice also conatins super-heated steam. This violet, volcanic activity (known as phreatic eruptions) shatters some of these rocks and the volcanic magma divides into very small particles. This plume erupting out of the volcano vent or vents results in these very fine particles of ash being scattered for long distances giving the appearance of a moon scape.
Volcanic ash mixed into the earth will bond to water,
under pressure. Pure ash, mixed with spring or mineral
water, is used to create mud baths (like in a spa)
and facial mud masks.
MORE BENEFITS OF VOLCANIC ASH ON THE SKIN
Volcanic Ash is one of the best kept secrets of the Volcanic Earth Healing Centre Spa. It's uses the ash extensively in signature Volcanic Ash spa treatments to help address skin rashes, cellulite, blemishes, damaged skin, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis, acne and even stretch marks. It is also EXCELLENT in exfoliating SOAPS, especially if you have oily skin.
NOTE: While Volcanic Ash can be very benefical for your skin, it is important to realize that where you have an erupting volcano, the plumes of volcanic ash cloud can cause extensive damage even if you live quite a long distance away. Combined with water, this ash turns to mud and often results in mud slides and the consequent loss of life and property.
If you live anywhere near an active volcano, you may be susceptable to the hazards of volcanic ash - anything from substantial interference with the operations of mechanical devices or motors to collapsing roofs due to the weight of falling ash.