Exfoliators – How you might be killing the food chain

It cropped up recently when I was watching Springwatch on TV that some exfoliators are damaging the eco system which I never thought twice about.

How using an exfoliator can damage organisms
Washing your face is a daily routine, but how are exfoliators damaging our eco system?

There have been recent studies that have found micro plastics in marine life and in the seas. Using a cleanser with micro beads in them can be a form of pollution as the particles are too small to be filtered out of our sewage systems that eventually end up in the rivers, lakes and sea. As plastic is not biodegradable, it then eaten by the marine life that may cause devastating results.

Why is it used in cosmetics in the first place?

It’s a cheap material to produce bringing down costs of production making the product more affordable for us as consumers.

Why should we save the marine life?

That’s where the majority of the ingredients for your cosmetic products originates from, for example the kelp in the La Mer creams, seaweed in anti-cellulite creams and more in make up products.

What can I do to stop this?

You need to act now and switch up the products that contain any poly___ in them. It’s more than likely it’s a type of polyethylene that’s a plastic.

Go for natural exfoliators such as products from LushThe Body Shop, or better yet do some experimenting and make your own!

Simple base for an exfoliator:

  • Half cup of Coconut oil
  • 4 table spoons of Sugar

Mix them together and get scrubbing! Feel free to play with the ratio, the type of sugar, and the types of oils. You can even add a few drops of essential oils for amazing properties, for example rose hip is perfect to fade any stretch marks or scars.

Happy silky smooth!


Exfoliators – How you might be killing the food chain

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