Exfoliation is an important part of a healthy skincare regime. It helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface which unclogs pores, eliminates excess oil and ultimately, promotes fresh, glowing skin. However, many facial scrubs we use to exfoliate on the daily can contain microbeads. And unfortunately, they’re not the best for your skin or the environment. Microbeads are plastic particles that are found in exfoliating scrubs and are small enough to pass through water filtration systems. As a result, they can end up in our water sources or mistaken for food by marine life. Microbeads can also be bad news for your skin due to their abrasive qualities. Not good!
Luckily, there are many facial scrub brands on the market that offer natural alternatives to microbeads. These include apricot kernels and seeds, rice powder, clay, walnut shells and oatmeal—just to name a few.
So, if you discover your facial scrub contains microbeads and would like to switch to a more natural option, here are some microbead-free alternatives for you to consider.
Aloe Vera Smoothing Face Polish, $16.75 CAD, Rocky Mountain Soap Company
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Exfoliating Facial Scrub, $7.99 CAD, London Drugs
Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub, $12.99 CAD, Burt’s Bees
Biore Acne Clearing Scrub, $4.99 CAD, London Drugs
Skin-Brightening Face Polisher With Fruit Extracts, approx$38 CAD, Origins
Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask, $10.95 – $19.95 CAD, Lush
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