Using a facial scrub to exfoliate your skin by removing surface dry skin cells is essential for keeping it looking smooth and even-toned but research is showing that this skin care staple may be posing an environmental threat. According to an article from The New York Times, the plastic beads used in facial scrubs (such as the ingredient polyethylene) are slipping through water treatment plants and turning up by the tens of millions in the Great Lakes. The beads are looking like fish food and may be affecting marine life. Because of this, companies are now seeking natural alternatives. Yay!
When it comes to your face, my professional recommendation for years has actually been to use a facial scrub 2-3 times a week that does not use natural grains because they have sharp edges and scratch and lacerate the skin causing the spread of bacteria and irritation. Natural scrubs use exfoliating ingredients like walnut husks and apricot kernels and while this new information shows that natural particles are better for marine life, they can be harmful to your skin’s health.
So what’s the alternative? Natural jojoba beads. These are perfectly round beads that gently roll over the skin and will not cause irritation. Because they are not made of plastic, they are a smarter choice for the environment. Look at the product ingredient label and use scrubs with hydrogenated jojoba oil, jojoba oil, jojoba esters or jojoba wax beads. These will appear near the top of the list.
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