Source: Volcanic Rocks
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What is Pumice?
The word pumice is derived from the Latin word ‘pumex’, meaning ‘foam’. In ancient Greece and Rome, it was used to remove excess hair and as a toothpaste ingredient. High quality
crystal-free pumice is now found in Iceland, Hungary, Nevada, Tenerife and New Zealand.
Pumice is the cooled, hardened pyroclastic igneous rock from volcanic lava. The lava spewed into the air contains masses of gas bubbles. As it cools, the gas bubbles get trapped into the rock. Pumice is lightweight, very porous and contains cellular volcanic glass with a small amount of crystalline minerals.
Benefits of Pumice:
Pumice is a natural and gentle exfoliant used to remove dead skin cells and clean pores. It helps to reduce acne and blackhead breakouts. Acne-prone skin sheds immature skin cells which then clog pores and hair follicles. The accumulation of these dead cell debris produces excess sebum which causes blackheads and acne. Pumice is used to gently exfoliate these dead skin cells.
Pumice also speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing new healthy cells to replace the dead cells. This rejuvenation transforms the skin’s complexion from dull and dry to bright and smooth. The gentle scrubbing of pumice will purge pores of the debris and restore clarity and radiance to the skin.
The recent ban on microbeads has increased interest in the micro-sponge structure of Pumice. Its excellent exfoliating properties, high absorbency and low specific gravity enable pumice to stay suspended in the product.
Side Effects & Toxicity:
An extremely safe ingredient, pumice has no known toxicity for general use and has shown to be non-irritating and suitable for sensitive skin.
Application of pumice is dependent on the skin type and surrounding climate. Those with delicate or sensitive skin should limit its use to just twice a week. Oily skin type and people living in a warmer climate can use it more often as required.