Can you imagine yourself consuming plastic?
That's ridiculous, right?
The harsh truth is we may already have been doing this for a while, hmm...
The reasons plastic can eventually end up in our bodies microbeads.
Microbeads are tiny plastic particles. They can shrink to a size smaller than a pinhead.
These microplastics can be found in our everyday personal care products.
Yes, especially in our physical facial and body scrubs we regularly use.
They can also be found in:
- Body wash
- Cosmetic products
Keep scrolling and find out:
- How microbeads can end up in your stomach.
- Product ingredients to avoid.
- What to do with your products that have microbeads.
How Microbeads end up on your plate
Since microbeads are so tiny, wastewater facilities are unable to filter them.
This means microbeads can escape into our water systems and the ocean.
Once they’re released into the water, they become difficult to detect.
If you compare a sprinkle of microbeads with fish food, wouldn't they look similar?
A fish's instinct kicks in and they swallow up this 'food'.
Microbeads can soak up toxins around them, becoming more toxic than they already were when they entered the water.
These fish that have ingested microplastics are caught by fishermen before making their way up the supply chain until they reach our dinner tables.
Talk about the circle of life!
Eating fish that have consumed microplastics can affect our intestines. Especially those who might already have issues with internal organs.
Ingredients to avoid in your products
Better to be safe than sorry! Here are some of the common ingredients for microbeads you can avoid:
- Polymethyl methacrylate
- Polylactic Acid
Thankfully, the movement of banning microbeads is being carried out in certain countries. But there are still companies who use them in their products because they’re cheaper than natural exfoliators like oats and sugar.
Since manufacturers can make microbeads smoother. They’re gentle enough to use daily.
A sneaky move to make you run through their product quicker and buy new ones.
But, dumping countless microbeads into water supplies at the same time.
Yet, this shouldn't mean you should stop exfoliating altogether.
Exfoliating our skin is crucial to maintaining the health of our skin.
Physical exfoliants help to:
- Remove dead skin cells
- Promote blood circulation
- Reduce puffiness
- Smooths skin instantly
- Reduce body acne
The best solution is to go for natural exfoliants and you’re just in luck,
Our Honey Glow Scrub is yours to take!
What do I do with the products already have?
If you've discovered microbeads in your product, you can filter them using a coffee filter to strain the microbeads.
If you're straining liquids like body wash, you can still use the filtered liquid.
However, with pasty products like facial scrubs and toothpaste, you have to add water before pouring away.
It's better to have them end up in landfills than having those microplastics end up in our oceans and then bodies!
Avoid these products and opt for products with natural exfoliants.
The Honey Glow Scrub is always up for grabs.
Warning! One last thing you should remember is to avoid scrubbing your skin aggressively. Even with the finest scrubs, you can still irritate your skin if you use excessive force.
Exfoliate your skin at least once or twice a week as over-exfoliating can also damage the skin’s protective barrier that guards against other damaging elements and pollutants.
The health of our skin doesn't need to jeopardize our water supplies and threaten marine life.
It's crystal clear that microbeads are a threat to our ecosystem.
Knowing this, what we can do to personally reduce the waste of microbeads is to encourage others to avoid them as well.
So do share this post with your friends and get them on the bandwagon too!While you’re here, check out our natural Honey Glow Scrub!