If you have ever used a commercial face or body scrub product, it is more than likely to have contained micro beads. Microbeads are manufactured solid plastic particles and present a major environmental hazard. Due to the small size and buoyancy of the beads, they are able to slip through waste treatment facilities and end up in public waterways, polluting our ocean and marine life. Luckily, It’s actually quite simple to avoid these ingredients by choosing a natural skincare product containing naturally derived granules.
Exfoliating scrubs incorporate a coarse ingredient, generally something gritty or grainy, that is intended to slough off dead surface skin and reveal a new layer of youthful, healthy skin underneath. Naturally derived exfoliants are very effective abrasives to remove dead skin, while remaining environmentally friendly. Here are a few examples of our favourite natural alternatives to microbeads:
-Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin, it actually helps hydrate your skin and keep moisture within.
-Coffee grounds can be used to scrub away dead skin to reveal the new, healthy skin underneath. Exfoliating with coffee grounds improves circulation, leaving you with smooth, glowing skin. Caffeine draws water from cells, making them smaller and constricts blood vessels slightly to create a smooth, more even tone.
-Salt scrubs improve blood circulation in the skin. Increased blood flow regenerates skin cells and gives a natural glow to the skin. Salt scrubs are also known to have antiseptic properties.
Exfoliating your face in moderation can make skin brighter and softer. Buffing away dry, dead cells on your face will reveal the fresh cells underneath. Exfoliating helps fight against ageing because it stimulates blood and lymph flow and cell turnover. As we age, cell turnover slows down and your skin can start to look dull. By exfoliating regularly you are stimulating this process and promoting collagen. It is also thinning the outermost layer of the skin which gives your skin that fresh healthy glow.
GLOW TIP If you want your face to glow, exfoliate!
Timing is Key
How often you exfoliate depends on your age and skin texture. Younger people tend to have oilier skin and will be able handle more scrubbing, but youthful skin means that cell turnover is prime and doesn’t need the resurfacing encouragement as older skin types. Because young skin is very efficient at sloughing off, it can be prone to these dead cells being trapped and cause clogging in the pores and therefore breakouts occur. Exfoliating helps to clear impurities and reduce congestion and therefore breakouts.
Using a face scrub every day can lead to the skin feeling raw and irritated. Exfoliating two to three times a week, depending on your skin type will give you the best results. Someone with dry skin should not be exfoliating more than someone who has oily skin. You should be able to gauge how your skin reacts to scrubs and create your own exfoliating regimen.
The Bottom Line
Exfoliating is a go, micro beads is a no! Make sure to keep an eye out for natural exfoliators like sugar, salt, and coffee in your face and body scrubs. These natural alternatives to microbeads provide a number of benefits that your skin will love!
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