Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Calistoga Spa Hot Springs (Calistoga, CA) offers
Traditional Calistoga Volcanic Ash Mud Baths ($99), which
include a mineral whirlpool bath with aromatherapy
bath salts, a eucalyptus steam bath and a blanket wrap in
addition to a soak in volcanic ash.
Also in the Calistoga area, The Baths at Roman
Spa (Calistoga, CA) offers a Mud Bath treatment ( 60
min., $90/person) in Calistoga volcanic ash, natural
peat and geothermal water to relax, soften skin and
detoxify the body.
Similarly, Gló Spa at Rosalie Bay (Dominica) offers a
sulfur and seaweed wrap, a detoxifying treatment using
local volcanic mud, seaweed and hot river stones.
In facial skin care products, volcanic clay and ash
confer some of the same detoxifying and soothing benefits.
Kohala Spa (Waikoloa, Hawaii) offers a Fire and Ice
Facial, where a mask of volcanic ash shrinks the pores and
soothes the skin. Blue Lagoon spa (Grindavík, Iceland) has
created a Volcano Facial (110 min., ~$208) where the face,
neck and shoulders are massaged with algae massage oil
and warm stones. It also includes pampering for the feet,
including massage with warmed stones, a silica mask and,
to finish, nourishing Blue Lagoon cream.
Volcanic ash and clay are incorporated into a myrid
of professional spa products both for the face and body.
Volcanic mud is most popular in facial masks, where it
primarily helps draw out impurities and absorb oil.
Epicuren uses volcanic clay in its Volcanic Clay
Purifying Mask, where it helps to detoxify the skin. It is
also utilized by Kona Skin Care in its Hawaiian Coffee
Volcanic Clay Mask, which detoxifies, brightens, shrinks
pores, hydrates and helps rejuvenate the skin.
Dermaware uses volcanic clay in its Clean Slate Mask.
Regarding its use, CEO and founder Gül Ç. Zone noted,
“This utilizes volcanic clay and has many great benefits.
In addition to reducing oils and impurities for acne and
oily skin, it is excellent in healing and repair as well, due
to the high concentration of minerals present including
magnesium, calcium and sodium.”
Bentonite is utilized in Pevonia’s Micro-Pores
Bio-Active Mask, where it helps refine pores. “Using the
ingredient is helpful due to the minerals it possesses
which can help from having astringent purposes to
soothing, calming, antiseptic and detoxifying benefits. It
is mostly used in creamy masks that dry out with a pasty
consistency,” added Christian Jurist, medical director of
global education for Pevonia.
Finally, Bellecote launched its Marine Volcanic Mud
Cleanser in 2017, which is formulated with marine
volcanic mud, volcanic ash and pumice. Pumice helps
exfoliate the skin, which marine volcanic mud and
volcanic ash help absorb impurities and oil while reducing
the look of pores. Volcanic ash also is said to help soothe
and heal acneic skin. “Marine mud helps balance the skin
while serving as a great dermatological salve base with
a positive effect on damaged skin,” noted Irina Mark,
president of Caviar of Switzerland.
Whether clients apply or bathe in them, these earthly
treatments and ingredients are certain to keep their
skin and wellness well-grounded.
(All websites accessed Dec. 20, 2017)
Rachel Grabenhofer is the managing editor
of Cosmetics & Toiletries, Skin Inc.’s sister brand
for cosmetic chemists. She’s a member of the
Council of Science Editors and Society of Cosmetic
Chemists, and for the past several years, has led
judging panels to honor the best ingredients in cosmetics.