The best way to exfoliate your skin…
On the 22 March every year, World Water Day shines a light on the global water crisis, and this year, with wastewater being the theme, we wanted to take the opportunity to talk about how our skin care and beauty routines are impacting our oceans.
Being conscious of the quality of the water we waste is important, and our skin care and beauty routine is an area of our daily lives that is accountable for wastewater pollution, mostly in the form of chemical cleansers, microbead exfoliators and disposable makeup wipes.
Exfoliation is a beautiful-skin must – and microbeads have been the skin-exfoliation must-have-item since they entered the cosmetic industry…so why are we ditching microbeads and embracing earth-loving exfoliation?
WHAT ARE MICROBEADS?
Microbeads are tiny plastic particles found in many skin and beauty cosmetics. They are defined by their size, smaller than a grain of sand between 0.5-500 micrometres in diameter… and in spite of their small size, they are causing a big problem.
They started out as a marketing department’s dream, microbeads in skin care products were the thing to talk about! Plus, being cheaper than natural exfoliators, but not as effective, turned into a win-win for the skin care manufacturers who promoted their daily-use for increasing sales. And although we’re slowly seeing their removal from beauty products, microbeads and microplastics are still present in a lot of skin care products, often disguised as polyethene and polypropylene.
Originally designed for medical purposes, the whole idea behind these tiny, highly absorbent spheres is that they can get into the smallest of places! However, in achieving this, bringing microbeads into the cosmetic industry has seen the clever design backfire dramatically on a global scale when it comes to the environment.
SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
After using a product that contains microbeads, they head straight down the drain, and being so small, they pass through most water treatment facilities. This means that billions of these microbeads are washed out to the world’s oceans daily.
Although they are small, microbeads collectively have a huge surface area, and their sponge-like abilities mean they absorb any other toxic materials around them and become highly-concentrated toxic little beads.
These beads get eaten up by marine life, having a detrimental effect on their health, but this also means they enter the food chain and ultimately could end up on your dinner plate.
SO HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?
Big! Microbeads and microplastics are not biodegradable, and we are yet to find a way to remove them effectively from our waterways…which means they are out there…somewhere…causing problems. To understand the scale of the issue, microbeads can be found on almost every beach in the world!
THE SKIN CARE SOLUTION
Microbeads are predominately added to cosmetics for the purpose of exfoliating the skin. We know that skin exfoliation is important for skin health, working to slough-off dry and dead skin cells and promote improved circulation and new skin cell growth.
Santé Exfoliators discs are the answer to your skin exfoliation needs! Reusable discs with a unique fibre-weave that work to buff the skins surface gently, brightening and bringing new life to your complexion. Needing nothing but the skin-loving properties of water, simply wet the disc and polish your skin in a soft circular motion one-to-two times a week. Voila – skin-loving, earth-loving exfoliation…make the switch your skin and the environment will thank you for!