Posted on: 5th September 2016
Not only have microbeads been discovered to be damaging our vital ocean life BUT they are not good for our skin either. Regular exfoliation is good for our skin but synthetic microbeads can be too abrasive making skin sensitive and dry.
ESPA Refining Skin Polish
Is a naturally brightening skin exfoliator to deeply cleanse, smooth and renew. A gentle exfoliating facial cream to sweep away dull and dry skin while it helps brighten and revitalise. Spherical Diatomaceous Earth exfoliate skin to help clear pores, lift impurities, balance uneven tone and stimulate cell renewal, while nourishing Rose Damascena and Shea Butter soften to refine, smooth and revitalise.Suitable for: Suitable for all skin types, especially dry, dull and congested skin.
Sea salt scrubs also make a great DIY exfoliators for the body as well as sugar mixed with honey.
What are microbeads? Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are added to everyday cosmetic products such as face wash, exfoliators (face and body scrbs) toothpaste, abrasive cleaners and lots more. They are most frequently made of polyethylene but can be of other petrochemical plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene. Microbeads are small enough to go down your plughole and easily pass water filtration systems, usually smaller than 5 millimetres.
How do they affect the ocean? Microbeads are tiny, and may seem harmless, but approximately 100,000 microbeads are washed down the sink with a single application of some products, ending up in the sea and the food chain.
Where do they end up? New scientific research is continuing to find more and more examples of plastic inside all kinds of sealife. But it’s not just marine life, a recent study showed that 90% of birds had microbeads present in their digestive system Microbeads end up in humans through toothpaste and through eating seafood that has ingested microplastics and the toxins that come with them.