The recent discovery that microbeads (those tiny plastic beads found in many face and body scrubs) are polluting our waterways has me seriously reconsidering my beauty products. Apparently, these seemingly innocent, face-softening little beads are leaving a rather large, not-so-clean mark on our environment. They absorb toxins in the water, posing a threat to the fish that swallow them and, in turn, the entire fish-eating population. Though the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 has been signed into law, it won’t go into full effect for a few years. In the meantime though, there are plenty of brightening and smoothing exfoliants that are just as gentle, without those harmful beads. Here are 7 skin-soothing scrubs, peels, and gommages to help you buff and brighten without the backlash.
Just two steps, this system smooths and brightens skin and reduces the appearance of pores and lines – instantly. The vitamin C paste smells like fresh-squeezed OJ. And its safe for even the most sensitive skin; like mine.
This intensive cleanser polishes away dullness and impurities with three exfoliating agents—Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Glycolic Acid—and Jojoba beads revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion. My facialist swears by it.
Instead of a typical scrub, this is a water-activated powder that helps unclog pores.
by Sephora Collection
Sephora Collection’s powder exfoliant lightly scrubs with microcellulose (plant powder). Salicylic acid and papaya extract act as a gentle chemical peel for soft and radiant skin.
by Mario Badescu
Ground almonds and cornmeal are the exfoliants in this face scrub. But I don’t suggest eating this for breakfast.