BEAT THE BEAD

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

The govern­ment has taken a huge leap to­wards a cleaner New Zealand with a ban on the sale and man­u­fac­ture of mi­crobeads, which will come into ef­fect by June this year. Mi­crobeads are tiny plas­tic beads found in ex­fo­li­at­ing and pol­ish­ing per­sonal care prod­ucts and some tooth­paste. It’s es­ti­mated that a sin­gle cleans­ing prod­uct can con­tain as many as 360,000 mi­crobeads! Due to their size, they eas­ily by­pass wa­ter sys­tems, fil­ter­ing into the ocean where they go on to harm pre­cious marine life. Thank­fully, for­go­ing mi­crobeads doesn’t mean com­pro­mis­ing on clean and smooth skin; there’s a bevy of al­ter­na­tives that use safe and biodegrad­able in­gre­di­ents to buff away dry skin. Re­vamp your beauty rou­tine ahead of the ban and pick up one of the be­low ocean-friendly op­tions from brands al­ready on board with the move­ment:

1. Lush Don’t Look at Me Mask,

$16.50. 2. Bioré Blem­ish Clear­ing Scrub, $13.95. 3. Good­ness

Ev­ery Week Face Scrub, $15.99.

4. Kiehl’s Ul­tra Fa­cial Cleanser,

$39. 5. Tril­ogy Gen­tle Fa­cial Ex­fo­liant, $43.99. 6. Lin­den Leaves Nat­u­ral Skincare Ra­di­ant Ex­fo­li­at­ing Wash, $34.99. 7.

Weleda Al­mond Sooth­ing Cleans­ing Lo­tion, $24.90.

»Want

to know if your favourite scrub is mi­crobead-free? Scan the bar­code us­ing the ‘Beat the Mi­crobead’ app!

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