Is your exfoliant messing with marine life?

A regular exfoliation sesh is crucial for seriously glowing skin. The problem? the microbeads in the exfoliant you’re using for the health of your skin isn’t healthy for our marine life at all.

For something so teeny tiny, the potential harm synthetic microbeads can cause to marine environments is huge. In recent years, the microbeads have created a storm of controversy in the beauty industry, Jennifer Aniston even got caught in the backlash.

So what’s the big deal with exfoliants containing microbeads?

The microbeads in many synthetic exfoliants are often made from synthetic plastics including polyethylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate, polypropylene, polyesters, polyamide, polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene.

These tiny beauty ingredients threaten the health of our oceans and marine wildlife across the globe; you’ll find these synthetic plastic microbeads in many face washes, shower gels, face and body scrubs and even toothpastes.

While you’re scrub-a- dub dubbing your exfoliant away in the shower, those microbeads are slipping down the drain. So small, water filtration systems can’t capture them and after finding their way into rivers and oceans, they’re eaten by fish, birds and other marine life.

These plastic particles aren’t biodegradable and not only do they physically pollute our marine environments, they’re also coated in toxic chemicals.

Research is yet to reveal the full implications of microbeads when eaten by marine life, but ingesting toxic balls of plastic certainly isn’t a part of the diet Mother Nature intended.

Across the globe, countries are taking a stand and prioritising the future health of marine life by banning the use of microbeads in beauty products.

The Netherlands was the first country to ban cosmetic microbeads in 2014 and the US imposed a ban on microbeads at the end of 2015. The UK and Canada followed suit in January this year and New Zealand has announced a ban on the sale of personal care products containing microbeads from 1 July 2018.

It’s clear what needs to be done. Ditch synthetic products containing microbeads; scrutinise the ingredient listing and if you’re still not quite sure, check the texture of the product by rubbing a little between your fingertips.  Instead, opt for organic skin care products where harmful microbeads are swapped for natural exfoliating alternatives like oats, salt, sugar or the all totally natural bead option; jojoba beads.

Unlike synthetic microbeads, jojoba beads are biodegradable and produced from jojoba oil they provide a range of nutrients and antioxidant properties. Jojoba is also super calming for inflamed skin, helps controls acne breakouts and minimises the look of fine lines. Sounds a whole lot better than tiny plastic balls covered in toxins!

Our Kelapa Gentle Face Scrub is the way to reveal glowing skin while still being kind to the earth. The hard-working yet gentle formula contains Coconut Oil, Jojoba Beads, Rose Oil and Aloe Vera to rid the skin of dead cells and impurities leaving behind a smooth, healthy looking complexion.

If you're confused about the ingredient status of your current beauty stash, the Beat The Microbead is a super helpful resource. The site provides an extensive list of products in Australia that have microbeads lurking in them.

References:

http://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/formulating/category/bath/Microbeads-Then-and-Now-Polyethylene-and-Alternative-Next-gen-Abrasives-458244203.html

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