THE BEST NATURAL EXFOLIANT FOR YOUR SKIN
Up until mid-2018 cosmetics like face scrubs, toothpaste and body washes used a small plastic exfoliant called microbeads. These microbeads could actually damage your skin and were incredibly harmful to our environment too! But why were they used in the first place, and what natural alternatives do we have to use instead?
WHAT ARE MICROBEADS?
Microbeads are tiny balls made from plastic used in exfoliators to buff your skin and remove dead skin cells. They were used instead of natural alternatives because the microbeads could be designed to be more spherical and smoother, with no harsh edges that could scratch your skin.
Because the microbeads are made from plastic, they don’t break down quickly. It’s thought that a single tube of product containing microbeads can wash up to 100,000 microbeads into the environment* and all that plastic can effectively poison our marine wildlife!
WHEN WERE MICROBEADS BANNED IN THE UK?
The government banned the production of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics and cleaning products in the UK at the beginning of 2018. Then by mid-2018 there was a sales ban.
ARE MICROBEADS BAD FOR YOUR SKIN?
Yes microbeads are absolutely bad for your skin! Your skin might have felt super smooth after using a facial scrub with microbeads, but these little plastic beads can actually cause skin abrasions and really dry out your skin. And they’re a big no-no if your skin’s sensitive as it can irritate it even more.
WHAT NATURAL EXFOLIANTS DO I USE AT BAO SKINCARE?
The purpose of microbeads is to exfoliate your skin, but thankfully there are plenty of natural alternatives out there that much better for your skin and the planet. Sustainability is so important at BAO Skincare with every thought going into the ingredients used in each BAO product as well as the packaging used.
The two natural exfoliants I use in my skincare are Jojoba grains and organic sugar cane.
Jojoba grains are extracted from the waxes of the Jojoba plant. They’re a fine grain-size which is ideal for adding to soaps, shower gels and face scrubs as an exfoliant plus the grains are smooth which means they won’t irritate your skin. And the best thing about them? They’re 100% biodegradable too!
I use Jojoba grains in the Radiance Face Scrub as they won’t scratch or cause damage to your epidermis.
ORGANIC CANE SUGAR
Sugar scrubs can brighten tired, dull-looking skin in a natural way. You can use it all over your body to scrub away rough and flaky skin leaving you feeling lovely and smooth! Organic cane sugar exfoliates in two ways; the actual scrubbiness of the sugar on your skin plus the sugar’s natural AHAs (Alpha hydroxy acids).
I use organic cane sugar in the Luminosity Body Scrub as it’s perfect for really dry areas like your elbows, knees and ankles.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN WITH GENTLE RADIANCE FACE SCRUB
Step 1 - After cleansing your face, take a small amount into your fingers and massage all over your face.
Step 2 - Use on dry skin to feel more of a scrub, or on wet skin
for a more subtle scrubby feeling. It’s gentle enough to use 2-4 times a week.
Step 3 - Either rinse off with water or remove with a warm damp flannel.
Tip: You can
also leave it on for 15 minutes as a nourishing face mask.
HOW TO USE THE LUMINOSITY BODY SCRUB
Use in the shower or bath. All you need to do is rub the scrub over your body 1-2 times per week, including knees, feet and elbows.
This will leave your skin looking radiant and feeling fresh and glowing.
Tip: Massage the scrub over dry skin first to help remove even more dry skin.
MAKING MORE SUSTAINABLE CHOICES
Plastic is a bit of a hot topic now isn’t it, but it doesn’t need to be really daunting if you’re making steps to reduce the amount of plastic you use in your daily life.
There are loads of little things you can do that have a positive impact on our planet, try some of these tips for shopping more sustainably as an easy place to start.