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