No Joke: Volcanic Ash Is a Magical Skin-Clearing Ingredient

The latest need-to-know skincare ingredient hails from the fires of a volcano. Volcanic ash—yes, like actually from a real volcano—is popping up in our creams, masks, and cleansers for good reason. It boasts a bevy of skin benefits. Think of volcanic ash as the gentler but just as effective cousin to clay and mud.

"Volcanic ash is extremely rich in minerals and has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties," says Sonya Dakar, celebrity esthetician and founder and CEO of Sonya Dakar Skincare and Skin Clinic. "So it works really well to not only clear blemishes but heal the inflamed, irritated skin."

Ready to incorporate volcanic ash into your skincare routine? Here are our product recommendations.