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Micronized Powders Are In, Microbeads Are Out



It’s been two years since the ban on micro-beads, those small plastic balls found in most of your old exfoliating cleansers. Why the ban? These synthetic beads were polluting bodies of water and being ingested by marine life; manufacturers have since recognized the need to eliminate them altogether.


Microbeads give a gritty quality to cleansers and washes, enabling you to get some traction on the top layer of skin to slough off dirt and grease, and while microbeads are made from plastic and have no toxic effect on your skin, they are a cheaper method of making an exfoliator and the smoothness of the plastic is not as effective in the form of an exfoliant compared to natural ingredients.

After the ban on microbeads, we started delving deeper into these plastic mites to see if they were really all that they’re cracked up to be. We remembered well the great cry of two years ago of everyone with troubled skin over the ban on what they thought was their answer to all their skin care needs, but as time passed and old wounds have healed, we’ve come to the realization that we actually don’t miss microbeads. Why are we not missing them? Because now we have something that works even better on our skin, and it’s better for the environment as well!


Enter in the new and highly sought-after: micronized powder. Micronized powder cleansers use biodegradable alternatives made from rice, bran, jojoba and beeswax that are non-irritating and easy on the environment. According to New York dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, “Because these ingredients have some texture to their edges, they serve as an even better exfoliant. They’re also going to be much gentler on the skin.”


When you’re looking for the best scrub, avoid walnut shells or apricot pits, which are rougher exfoliants and can therefore irritate or tear the skin. Instead look for ingredients like brown sugar, or scrubs that contain beta hydroxy acids such as Glycolic Acid.


SOURCE: Adams, Rebecca. “Why Use Microbeads When The Alternatives Are Better?”

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