I’m so happy to start another week. Each new week is an opportunity to be great! My grandpa always told me that you should learn something new everyday. And well today I’m going to give you the run down on microbeads and how you can safely and effectively exfoliate your skin!
Last week, Illinois became the first state to place a ban on products that contain microbeads. These microbeads are found in many facial and body care products and they are made up of plastic. Well due to their small size, when they are washed down the drain they are missed by the filtration system and end up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Since they are so small, fish and other sea creatures often mistake them for fish eggs and eat them as food. Well this is extremely dangerous as these animals are ingesting toxins which in turn hurts the food supply.
Many large companies are looking at using alternative exfoliating sources. Here’s where my concern as an esthetician comes in. Many companies will use natural exfoliants like apricot and walnut shells. However I am totally against that. The problem is that mediums like apricot and walnut are uneven. They can be extremely damaging to the skin because you are not getting an even exfoliation. I have had clients whose skin was very rough due to scrubs that contained these ingredients. They are fine for other body parts but absolutely not for the face.
I have never been a proponent for scrubs for the face in the first place. I think the facial skin is so delicate and should be treated as such. However, if you absolutely must have a scrub for your face, use one that contains jojoba beads. The jojoba beads are even and spherical and jojoba is a great hydrator for your skin. I however prefer AHA and BHA exfoliants. My favorite exfoliators contain lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid depending on what skin issues you are trying to fix. Lactic and glycolic are great for bringing new skin to the surface while not drying your skin out. Salicylic is designed for more acneic skin. They dissolve the dead layer of skin to get fresh skin to come out and is the safest for the skin. Of course you should see an esthetician for a good enzyme facial to really help your skin be flawless!
If you currently have any products with microbeads in them, please properly dispose of it and replace those products with ones that are safer for our environment. Any questions comments or concerns/