Stop Using Microbeads to Save Your Skin and the Environment (Infographic)

Clean your face in a natural way. (Image: Philips Communications via Compfight cc)
Clean your face in a natural way. (Image: Philips Communications via Compfight cc)

Exfoliate twice a week for a youthful, glowing skin is a statement every beauty aficionado knows well. Using an exfoliating face scrub will remove dead skin cells—the ones that makes you dull-looking—help to reduce fine lines and skin damage, and generally improve your skin tone.

As you can see, to exfoliate is something anyone who wants to look her/his best should do.

Not all exfoliants are created equal. A lot of the exfoliants available in stores are made with microbeads–small, plastic rounds no bigger than 5 millimeters in diameter. Being exceptionally smooth and round, microbeads also provide lubrication during application. This is the reason why they were first used, to offer relief from rough-textured pumice, a volcanic rock dust formerly used to clean skin.

Yes microbeads are cheap, really cheap, and that is why they put them into most mass-market skin care products. But cheap usually has expensive consequences.

The microbeads that keep your skin exfoliated for a cheap price are polluting the Great Lakes and our oceans.

That does not mean that our exponential use of plastic will stop our skin care routine; there are many ways to exfoliate without using microbeads. Allure published a list of microbead-free exfoliants, and if you are into sustainable products, Rodale’s is one of your options.

Let’s not forget there are always the DIY recipes that work just as well as the store bought products.

Remember, using a microbead-free exfoliant will have a big impact on the environment.


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