Exfoliating your face is important to keep it looking good. It removes dead, dull skin cells revealing new, bright skin underneath and makes your pores look smaller. Many people still believe the best way to exfoliate is with a store-bought scrub with colourful micro beads, and while these products no doubt work, they aren’t as effective as a chemical exfoliation. What’s more, they are also bad for the environment.
The average micro bead might be less than a millimetre wide, but it’s so deadly that it’s likely that local government could ban it in the near future – joining the USA, Canada and many other European countries.
Micro beads are flushed down drains eventually, make their way to the ocean as they are too small to be trapped by traditional sewerage filters. Due to their size you cannot capture them once they are released into the ocean, where trillions of them absorb contaminants and are then consumed by plankton, which in turn get eaten by larger fish.
As a result, many animals develop deadly conditions from eating these contaminants or from eating plastic, which accumulates in their system. Even worse, humans who consume any affected fish and seafood can ingest these unhealthy by-products as well. Microbeads can last for decades without breaking down, giving one face scrub the potential to impact the ocean for years to come.
If that hasn’t convinced you to give up your daily microbead scrub, consider its efficiency compared to chemical exfoliates. A chemical exfoliate is much gentler on skin, with the capacity to deliver dramatic results, all depending on the percentage of active ingredient in it. For example, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (such as lactic acid and glycolic acid) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (such as salicylic acid) can penetrate through the skin to a deeper layer, not only removing dead skin cells but also firming up the skin, stimulating collagen production and reducing wrinkles.
It’s far better to invest in a chemical exfoliation at a qualified skin clinic than to keep using cheap micro beads that could destroy the environment and your health – so for a better conscience, we suggest you give your next scrub purchase a pass.