Health benefits of Volcanic Ash on the skin have been known for centuries by the native Greeks on Santorini especially those that live near any of the active volcanoes of Santorini. The benefits of Volcanic Ash on the skin extend to the treatment of a wide variety of infections due to its antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast and overall disinfectant qualities. Volcanic Ash is high in Sulphur, an active Mineral ingredient which not only helps the body to resist bacteria but actually destroy it. Sulphur exists in your haemoglobin and connective body tissue: –
- to disinfect the blood;
- stimulate bile secretion;
- aid the oxidation reactions in the body
- protect the protoplasm of cells; and
- for the synthesis of Collagen (one of the main proteins needed for the structural integrity of your skin).
Sulphur slows down the ageing process because of its ability to protect against the toxic effects of pollution and radiation. It is part of the chemical structure of the amino acids glutathione, taurine, cysteine, and methionine.
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 contains super-heated steam. This violent, 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 moonscape.
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 Cretan people. It uses the ash extensively 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.