Environmental group Greenpeace is calling for a ban in Britain on plastic “microbeads”, found in many cosmetics, which they warn pollute the oceans and poison marine life. Campaigners want a total ban on the tiny particles – which are too small to be filtered – in products that are commonly washed down the drains.
We’ve rounded up the best microbead-free alternative beauty products that will not only help preserve marine life but will also save your skin. Winner.
Fake Bake Body Polish –Fake Bake Passion Fruit Body Polish is a gentle, but effective exfoliator, which leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and ready to tan. It contains a high concentration of rare Botanicals and Aloe Vera extracts, as well as micro particles of the gentle, natural exfoliator, Loofah, which ‘polishes’ skin without damaging the surface of newly exposed layers. £10
MakeUp Eraser –The makeup eraser is delicate on the skin saving you thousands of pounds in your lifetime and can be washed up to 1000 times. This means no more packing makeup remover/face wipes/face wash for holidays/travel as the makeup eraser does all of the above with only water. £16.50
Transformulas Miracle Daily Glycol Cleanser – Miracle Daily Glycol’s gentle deep-pore cleansing gel helps this process by stimulating new skin and collagen growth. It weakens the bond that holds dead flakes on the skin surface – so they exfoliate, along with unwanted make up and sebum, leaving a smoother, fresher, softer skin. £19.95
The Jojoba Company Natural Jojoba + Rosehip Oil – Jojoba and Rosehip oil working together get deeper into the skin where Rosehip oil by itself cannot reach. Quickly absorbed they provide intense hydration, and are full of anti-oxidants and vitamins. £16.95
Who needs microbeads?