Finding natural alternatives to microbeads
New Zealand is looking to follow the United States’ lead in banning skincare and cosmetic products that contain plastic microbeads.
The little beads, commonly found in a range of body exfoliating and hair products, are typically made from polyethylene or polypropylene, which don’t dissolve, so cause extensive damage to the environment.
Small in size, many of the plastic particles aren’t able to be processed in our water treatment plants, so end up in our water system. Although small, these beads accumulate to clog our waterways and work their way into the stomachs of fish, not to mention that the plastic itself acts like a little sponge, absorbing other chemicals and toxic elements.
Unanimously passed by the US House of Representatives, a new bill prohibits the use of plastic microbeads in formulations from January 1 2018. And it’s looking like New Zealand’s government will follow suit.
As well as the damage they do to the environment, experts claim that the miniscule plastic beads are also damaging for our skin, causing small tears that are then vulnerable to bacteria.
Associate Professor Greg Goodman of the Australasian College of Dermatologists says that our modern obsession with harsh scrubbing of our skin may, in fact, be doing more harm than good. ‘‘While exfoliation is an important part of an effective skin care regime, we’re not floorboards that need sanding. Rather, the skin on our face is actually incredibly fragile and should be treated with care.’’
If you’re worried about what the removal of microbeads will do for you, and your ability to slough away dead skin cells and purify those pores, never fear! Savvy natural beauty companies have already been exploring exfoliating options that don’t rely on plastic compounds.
Hardy’s thrilled to see some of their favourite local suppliers providing natural options in their products. Their friends at Living Nature have always been committed to providing products that are effective and safe for both our skin and the planet. Hardy’s love their multitasking Skin Revive, a cleanser and exfoliant in one! Using a combination of 100 per cent natural jojoba and candelilla wax microbeads, this ‘wonder product’ rejuvenates the skin without causing damage or micro tears. Even better, because Living Nature products come from nature, they are kind to nature.
Hardy’s also love the Antipodes range for their beautiful natural alternatives to nasty microbeads. Their Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser uses Vinanza Kiwi® Extract, an antioxidant from the skins of kiwifruit to gently exfoliate the skin. Similarly, in their Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator, you’ll find no plastic beads. Instead, this natural product uses a combination of spherical jojoba beads and avocado oil to lift away lifeless skin and ensure your complexion feels reborn. The results are extremely gentle products that are natural and as kind to the environment as they are to your skin.
Natural beauty companies are exploring exfoliating options that don’t rely on plastic compounds.