Microbeads – Helpful for the skin, or Deadly to the World?

Browsing around the skincare world, I noticed that Western skincare products had these little tiny beads in their cleansers to buff away the dead skin cells. Asian products however, didn’t contain them. I asked why, and looked deep into why these beads were only implemented in Western skincare alone.

If you didn’t know, Asian skincare products tend to use more natural ingredients to make up their products, hence why they’re so much more expensive than Western skincare; also why Asian skincare tends to work better than Western skincare too. Reason being is because of these beads. These microbeads are in fact, little bits of plastic that manufacturers place into the products to give their products more texture to them, and calling them exfoliating agents.

Okey, so they add plastic to their products. Do they actually exfoliate your skin or is it damaging? These beads are so tiny that they do little to nothing for the skin, hence why they label their products as “exfoliators you can use everyday”. Studies however show, that manufacturers add these bits of plastic to their skincare ranges because of how cheap it is to source, and a means to make profits. Exfoliators are supposed to be used twice to three times a week, with results. Using a cleanser with microbeads, as they call them, do nothing and will not give you the same results as a real exfoliating product will give you. This is turn leaves you using the product everyday and you wasting your money on crap that doesn’t work.

I’m not up to the worst part yet. These beads bypass all the filtration systems and enter our water supplies and oceans. Think about this; we’re ingesting water on a daily basis so really, we’re drinking water with bits of plastic in it each time. These beads also suck up all the toxins found in the ocean due to shore dumping and whatnot. They become more toxic than the toxic filled waters around us, which then may be consumed by marine life, which we eat. Even our seafood could be carrying all the beads we wash our face with. Is that something to be feeding our children or loved ones?

Many countries have researched into this and are now banning the beads in their skincare products; namely Australia and many US states. Of course, with all laws and regulations come loopholes that leading manufacturers seem to always be able to bypass, thus introducing more crap that can affect us all. In the meantime, keep an eye out for ingredients such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polymethyl methacrylate or polyethylene terephthalate. Using products with these four ingredients found in skincare puts funds in these skincare manufacturer’s pockets thus producing more products for you to damage the oceans and inevitably, ourselves. Pollution is never okey, and is most definitely something we should be funding with our hard earned cash.

What should we be using instead then? Introducing the Asian skincare world, which uses more natural sourced ingredients to gently buff skin with proven results, which actually heal and treat our skincare concerns properly without the use of plastics. Though they are more pricey than the odd clearasil or clean and clear you find in drugstores, they provide enough exfoliation to the skin without you needing to use it everyday. What you get in one product can last you up to half a year, if not, more. The price is heavily outweighed by how long the product can last you, and how effective it is as well. Not keen on wasting more money? Common household ingredients can also be used as exfoliators too, to gently remove the layers of dead cells on your skin surface. Sugar is a great ingredient and is commonly found or used in skincare products.

Before you walk into your store and buy an exfoliator, think about what it is you’re actually applying to your face.

love anthony β™‘


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