The simple truth – an easy atlernative to microbeads
How to exfoliate without microbeads
Microbeads are a bad news and we know it. If you are not familiar with the topic, Microbeads are solid plastic particles of less than one millimeter. They are mainly used in beauty products such as exfoliating scrubs. They are small enough that they can pass through water filtration systems, and end up in the stomachs of marine life (and if you eat fish, in your stomach too). After long debates the UK government has finally passed a ban, starting next July, on microbeads in beauty products.
Nonetheless, the are plenty of alternatives if you are addicted to exfoliate or it’s anyways part of your beauty routine. In fact, several companies offer natural alternatives, from ground apricot kernels and seeds to rice powder or clay. Instead of microbeads, Nude’s Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash uses crushed rose hip seeds and vanilla orchid seeds to scrub away impurities the natural way. It’s a perfect microfoliant – a powder-like substance which fizzes into life when mixed with water. If you’re looking to introduce alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) – a class of chemical compounds that can be either naturally occurring or synthetic – to your skincare regime, Herbivore’s Brighten mask is a great way to start. Pineapple and papaya enzymes offer natural resurfacing and exfoliating benefits, whilst rice powder gets deep into pores for a thorough cleanse. Another product worth to try is the Liz Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator, which contains fine jojoba beads to buff away dead skin cells. Korean beauty trends are one of the best. If you already follow them you probably know about Konjac sponges and their excellent exfoliation properties. Gentle enough to be used every day and naturally antibacterial, they’re a great option for those with sensitive skin.
Text: Margaux Lombard, January 22nd 2018