Remember how hard it was to get your hands on MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator?
This scrub achieved cult status so soon, it was sold out in a matter of hours every time it was released! WTH was so special about it?
Hype. That sells more skincare products than good ingredients. *Sighs*
These days, getting your hands on this scrub has become a lot easier (MAC got the hint and added it to the permanent collection).
But that doesn’t mean you should head out to your nearest store and fork out $31.00 for a bunch of ash and sugar.
Yep, there’s not much else here….
Here comes the hype part…
Volcanic ash is one of those magical powders brands swear can do anything. Boost collagen. Absorb excess oil. Draw out toxins from your pores. Take 10 years off your face. Make you tea.
Volcanic ash is high in minerals, such as magnesium, silica and iron. Silica, for example, is a good oil-absorber. But that’s pretty much it.
Underwhelming, isn’t it?
And to add insult to injury, volcanic ash isn’t even black! MAC just added a black pigment to give the scrub a dark colour that makes you think of volcanoes (and stains everything it touches). 🙄
Volcanic Ash may get all the glory, but it’s sugar that does the exfoliating job. Sucrose, to be exact.
As you massage it, sugar gently removes the dead cells on the surface of your skin, making it smoother and brighter.
If you’ve read this blog for a while you know that I prefer chemical exfoliation to scrubs. But if you’re a fan of scrubs, go for the sugar ones.
While apricot kernels and salt have jagged edges, sugar particles are round so they don’t scratch the skin. Having said that, there’s so much sugar here that the texture feels gritty so be gentle with it!
The Bottom Line
MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is just an expensive and hyped-up sugar scrub. If you know that and still like it, go ahead and keep using it. Otherwise, you’re not missing out on anything special.
Have you tried MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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