Find­ing nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives to mi­crobeads

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

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.

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