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takepart.com Highlights 8 Healthy Alternatives to Microbeads


A few days ago, takepart.com  highlighted 8 natural alternatives to microbeads in this blog post

Incase you aren't familiar with the sneaky plastic microbead, it can be found in many different beauty products and scrubs. 

Here's what takepart.com had to say, along with some natural alternatives to getting brighter, healthier, and more youthful looking skin:

"If someone told you rubbing plastic on your face might make your skin softer, would you do it?

That’s what beauty companies are really saying when they tell you that microbeads, an ingredient frequently found in face and body washes, can improve your skin. One bottle of drugstore-bought face wash can contain hundreds of thousands of them. As with any plastic product, these little orbs are not biodegradable and are polluting our water systems.

Thankfully, the great state of Illinois acted out against the polluting beads. The state—adjacent to Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater bodies in the world—became the first in the nation to issue a ban on the manufacture and sale of microbead-infested personal care products.

But have no fear—there are tons of natural alternatives to the synthetic plastic bits that can exfoliate your skin without the use of chemicals. Here are some ways to get the smooth skin you’ve always wanted in ways that won’t harm the planet."

Writer Anna Hess describes many great natural alternatives like oatmeal, almonds, and scrub brushes for buffing and stimulating skin. Below are our top natural picks from her article along with her descriptions and images (via: takepart.com): 

1. Sugar

The benefits of Organic Coconut Coffee Scrub for your Skin and Face

Glycolic acid, a common ingredient found in drugstore acne products, exists naturally in sugar. Glycolic acid stimulates collagen, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and general skin tone, New York dermatologist Meghan O’Brien told New York. Sugar grains are also small and rough, which makes them a perfect substitute for microbeads to slough off dead skin cells.

2. Sea Salt

Why is sea salt a good ingredient for a body scrub?

Sea salt is full of minerals that help to retain moisture and rejuvenate your skin. The course texture of sea salt crystals works best for those with dry skin. To make a body scrub, mix sea salt with a natural massage oil, or some lavender essential oil for added aromatherapy. Day’s favorites are olive and coconut oil. Sea salt is best for softening up the rougher parts of your skin, such as elbows and feet. 

3. Ground Coffee

Why is ground coffee good for your skin?

The caffeine from coffee helps to exfoliate and decrease puffiness. Caffeine is able to penetrate the skin barrier well and can help to decrease the size of fat cells to firm up skin, dermatologist Papri Sarkar told Allure.

To see the entire article, check out the other natural alternatives, or grab free recipes, head to takepart.com.  

For an easy, ready made, all natural, organic, scrub, try our organic coconut coffee scrub

Pura Vida!      


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