Are Exfoliates in Body and Facial Cleansers Worth It

Have you had thought about what those little beads are in exfoliating cleansers? They are micro-particle polyethylene beads end they end up in lakes, rivers, and oceans.

A 2012 study of the Great Lakes, specifically, Huron, Superior and Erie revealed an astonishing amount of 450,000 microbeads per sq. kilometer. While these microbeads are not visible as other plastics found in our oceans and lakes it doesn’t mean they are not any less detrimental to the environment. These toxic microbeads are absorbed into the water environment and fish and other sea creatures mistake them as food thus endangering our fish population and passing those toxins to people who eat the fish.

There are an estimated 365,000 microbeads in a 4.2 oz. tube of facial cleanser. Are they really necessary? A movement has started to eliminate these microbeads from facial cleansers and a number of cosmetic companies have pledged to remove them from their products. However many cosmetic companies have claimed that it will take 3 to 4 years to phase out the microbead and find an alternative.

Personally, I have thrown my Olay facial scrub away and do not purchase anything that has microbeads in them. A good scrub for me is now a dab of cornmeal in my cleanser. It is effective, inexpensive, eco-friendly and leaves my skin feeling so soft. Other alternatives for a good scrub is sugar or sea salt just to name a few. Lastly, I love the  Dead Sea scrubs that contain vital minerals to soothe and soften the skin.

So next time you are purchasing a facial or body cleanser I hope you will select a product that is free of these microbeads and you can rest assured that you are doing your part to save our marine creatures and water supply.

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