We can’t deny that microbeads work, and yes they’re cheap, but why use them when the alternatives are much better? Until the recent UK-wide ban, in which they can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products, most people weren’t even sure what they were. The small plastic beads were used in exfoliating face washes, some toothpastes and thousands of tons of them end up washing into the sea, harming both wildlife and people that eat them. Alongside the revelation that there are now 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the sea, banning microbeads is a small but significant way to constructively reduce the problem.
What are Microbeads
Microbeads are small bits of plastic that allow for cleansers to have a grit-like quality, which is useful for exfoliation by giving traction and using friction to pull dirt and grease from the skin. This works well for removing makeup and impurities on the skin – but the damage they do to the environment is more than enough reason to not use them. Fear not exfoliators, JustMyLook believes our favourite alternatives are even better than microbeads for both your skin and the environment.
Trilogy’s Gentle Facial Exfoliant
Those living a city life can often feel their skin doesn’t feel or look great at all – and what can you expect after facing dirt, pollution, the weather, eating on the go and even a lack of sleep. It’s essential to pull all the dirt of your face at the end of a long day – those that don’t risk blemishes and sensitive skin long term, with premature aging a long-term risk. We recommend Trilogy’s Gentle Facial Exfoliant, our favourite at removing the surface debris that forms on the skin in a gentle fashion, whilst leaving a smooth, polished and radiant complexion.
Elemis’ Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash
Another exfoliator we certainly have a lot of time for is Elemis’ Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash – an exfoliator that renews the skins natural cycle by actively smoothing and refining dead cells that dull the complexion. Good skin is the foundation for anything else you put into it, with Elemis’ Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash protecting the skin against environmental damage whilst supporting it throughout the day.
KAESO Body Scrubs
KAESO’s body scrub range is the most indulgent part of our skincare regime. The sugar body scrub can be used in the bath or shower and creates a truly sensual experience through nourishing and moisturizing skin to leave it silky smooth. We recommend using this in the evenings, so you can wash it off and get into bed with replenished, soft, sumptuous skin.
Exfoliating at least 2-3 times a week is an essential part of any skincare regime and a good exfoliator is a crucial part of this – but we know the world of scrubs and polishes can be hard to navigate at times, so be sure to start with some of these products. We’re confident they can provide gentle, impressive results, meaning you can forget about those pesky microbeads!