Volcanic ash: The latest beauty ingredient that will make your skin glow

From clay, to charcoal, to coffee, there’s a new beauty buzzword circulating almost every other week. The new kid on the block? Volcanic ash, and it's already cropping up in our beauty regimes...
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Volcanic ash: The latest beauty ingredient that will make your skin glow

Also known as mother nature’s natural skin purifier, volcanic ash has a multitude of benefits for our health, as well as our skin, due to its disinfectant qualities. Here's the science bit: volcanic ash is high in sulphur, which is an active mineral ingredient that helps the body to resist and destroy bacteria. Basically, it’s good for us.

Rich in minerals and an age-old remedy for skin irritation, volcanic ash offers skin protection against environmental aggressors. With fine particles that don't dissolve, it has amazing exfoliating properties that allow you to remove dead skin cells with ease.

And if you’re prone to breakouts, listen up. The sulphur within volcanic ash is an ideal treatment for those blemishes that we despise so much, and it’s even an FDA-approved treatment for acne. #Funfacts.

In a nutshell, it will leave your skin looking and feeling smoother and brighter. And no, that doesn't mean you’ll have to go in search of a volcano in order to achieve great skin. The heroes of the beauty world have done that for us and integrated the new must-have ingredient into skincare, haircare, and body products. From cleansers, to body scrubs, to shampoos, here are some of our favourite volcanic ash-infused beauty picks…

MAC Mineralise Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Dhs140

Patchology SmartMud Mask at Look Fantastic, Dhs40

Farsáli Volcanic Elixir at Cult Beauty, Dhs220

GLAMGLOW Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer at Sephora, Dhs235

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Warming Body Scrub at Net-a-Porter, Dhs185

Oribe Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo at Cult Beauty, Dhs195

Photos: Supplied and Jason Lloyd-Evans