Natural Exfoliants Needed RSS

Posted July 2015

Exfoliation is one of the best ways to keep your skin glowing and youthful. By helping to remove the very top layer of skin, exfoliants allow deep moisturizing, anti-aging and anti-acne products to penetrate the skin. In other words, exfoliants are very necessary if you want to have healthy skin.

However, some exfoliating ingredients are having a negative effect on our environment. Specifically we are talking about polyethylene beads, which are little plastic spheres.

As exfoliants, they are effective and inexpensive, but these plastic beads are starting to build up in our oceans and lakes. Many of the beads are so small they are not filtered out by the sewage treatment plants. The plastic beads do not biodegrade – so they can stick to aquatic plants and eventually get consumed by sea life.

A number of leading personal care companies have already committed to removing polyethylene beads from their exfoliating products, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson.

Several states, including New York and California, have been working to forbid the sale of any body or facial cleansing product that uses polyethylene beads for exfoliation. That leaves companies looking for environmentally-friendly, cost-effective alternatives.

Natural Exfoliants

Luckily, there are plenty of natural, biodegradable options to replace the plastic beads and still provide effective and gentle exfoliation. Some of the options even have additional skin care benefits.

Some examples:

  • Rose Hip Seed Powder gently exfoliates while simultaneously enriching the skin because it contains retinol (Vitamin A).

  • Bamboo vision beads by Impact Colors are infused with Vitamin E for extra moisturization.

  • For companies looking to give their products a little color, Kahl Beads, which are made of a mixture of beeswax and carnauba wax, come in a variety of sizes  and colors.

For more information about the latest in environmentally-friendly exfoliating ingredients that work well in cleansing products, please contact us at sales@bradfordsoap.com.