Say no to products that promise a clean face but deliver a dirty world!
Microbeads are a mega problem. The small pieces of plastic commonly found in facial cleansers, body scrubs and soap might do what they promise in terms of buffing off your dry skin, but as soon as they hit your bathroom sink, they are causing a far more nasty global problem. Once washed into our waterways, plastic microbeads settle into sediment which can be consumed by marine life. Scientists also believe they are likely to attract other pollutants such as oils and pesticides. Just as disturbing, humans can ingest microbeads when eating contaminated fish.
Coles and Woolworths have promised to stop using microbeads in their beauty products from 2017, but we say why wait?! With so many gorgeous and earth-friendly face and body scrubs on the market, now is the time to make sure our beauty purchases are keeping both our skin and our waterways sparkling.
Here are our Top 10 scrubs and the all-natural rough stuff they use to keep you and the earth in pristine condition:
Goodness Every Week Face Scrub, RRP$12.95, Chemist Warehouse
Exfoliates with: Powdered pumice and chia seed
Frank Body Original Coffee Body Scrub, RRP $14.95, frankbody.com
Exfoliates with: Coffee and sea salt
Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant, RRP $36.95, trilogyproducts.com
Exfoliates with: Biodegradable jojoba wax spheres
The Rough with the Smooth Solid Body Scrub, RRP $12.95, lush.com.au
Exfoliates with: Granulated sugar
Saya Pink Clay Scrub, RRP $17.00, sayaskin.com
Exfoliates with: Pink clay and walnut shell
Jasmin Organics Rejuvenating Face Scrub, $55.00, jasminorganics.com
Exfoliates with: Walnut granules
St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub, RRP $9.99 , stives.com
Exfoliates with: Apricot pits, walnut shells, corn kernel meal
Diptyque Radiance Boosting Powder, RRP $87.00, available at Mecca Maxima, Robina Town Centre
Exfoliates with: White clay and powdered flower petals
Konjac Cleansing Sponge, RRP $15.00, boscia.com
Exfoliates with: Konjac root
Spa of the World Dead Sea Salt Scrub, RRP $42.95, thebodyshop.com.au
Exfoliates with: Sea salt