I love exfoliating: just the idea of scrubbing and rinsing away old, dead skin to reveal newer, younger more glowing skin is my happy place. I know that scrubbing too hard is certainly bad for your skin (it creates lots of mini tears) but I never gave a second thought to those helpful little beads in many common exfoliating products on shelves everywhere.
Welp, leave it to CNN (and other news sources) to burst my very pink, rosy cloud of ignorance. On January 8, 2013 (I know, why is this JUST becoming a huge story??!!) CNN posted a story online about Unilever, the manufacturers of Dove, Vaseline, Pond’s and other popular personal care products announced that it’d be phasing out the use of microbeads as marine science researchers have found them to be harmful to environment (just think about and google what happens when your exfoliator rinses down the drain.)
Wait! Don’t panic: you can still exfoliate your way to glowing, healthy skin. Here are some alternatives–sans microbeads:
- Origins Never A Dull Moment Face Polisher, $27, Origins locations and origins.com
- Palmer’s Gentle Exfoliating Scrub, $9, Drugstores nationwide
- Alba Natural AcneDote Face and Body Scrub, $7, Drugstores nationwide
- Mario Badescu Almond and Honey Scrub, $15, Ulta and mariobadescu.com
Will you be switching out some products in your routine now? Let me know in the comments below.