These words are quickly becoming ingrained in every ones minds. Ban the beads.

What if I told you that the same thing you are putting on your face and body every day are the same things that are contributing to the pollution of the worlds oceans and harming our marine life.

Trillions of tiny pieces of plastic are accumulating in the oceans and lakes and are entering the food chain. 100,000 pieces of these Microbeads are entering the ocean after one single shower.

What are ‘MicroBeads’? Microbeads are tiny spherical pieces of plastic typically found in our cosmetic products – exfoliants, shower gels, toothpastes etc.  You may think that they are such a small problem compared to the larger plastic pollution problems, however due to their size we are unable to catch them before they pollute our oceans. They are so minuscule that they are unable to be filtered. Once in the oceans, they enter the food chain. Some marine life will consume these beads of plastic, which is passed up the food chain ; larger fish eating the plankton, birds eating the fish, to even humans consuming a plate of oysters. An average plate of oysters could contain up to 50 plastic particles.

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Now your thinking, if we don’t have these Microbeads how will my skin stay soft?! No worries, there are many other great alternatives!! Check out my list below:

1. Whole oats

Perfect for sensitive skin as the oats are so gentle and natural!

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2. Jojoba beads

Jojoba beads come from jojoba oil – a liquid wax derived from the jojoba shrub. These are a popular alternative given their similarity in shape and size.

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3. Salt

Salt is a lot sharper than the beads, so I wouldn’t use it on the face. But it is great on the rough skin of your hands, feet and body! Sea salt is a natural purifier that removes toxins that block the skin’s pores, improves circulation and tightens the skins.

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4. Coffee

Ground coffee is a natural exfoliator renowned for treating cellulite  and works perfect on stretch marks and feet while stimulating blood flow. The smell in the showers every morning is enough to wake anybody up mmmm… It is super easy to make your own coffee scrub, I really like this one: DIY Coffee Scrub . Check it out !

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5. Sugar

As a natural source of glycolic acid, sugar boosts cell production and breaks down protein that keep dead cells attached to your skin. Before using on your face I would make it into a paste with coconut oil. There are plenty of recipes to be found on Dr. Google!

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So what is being done about it? A UK campaign called Scrub it out is encouraging businesses to stop the environmentally unfriendly uses of plastic. High Street retailers are helping and have agreed to remove them from their own branded products. But ideally we need a complete worldwide ban on these products.

In the meantime you and I can throw out our polluting cosmetics and help spread the word.

Enjoy making your coffee and sugar scrubs guys and gals, make sure to let me know how you get on. Cant wait to hear you boasting about your soft and glowing faces 🙂