Fall is upon us, and with this great season comes great responsibility. It’s time to slough off that old summer complexion and get ready for jeans and sweaters and all those great things that conveniently coincide with Thanksgiving dinner.
With the changing of the seasons, it’s also time for a changing of the guard in my beauty routine. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a great exfoliating facial cleanser, but then I heard that 90% of the debris floating in the oceans is made of plastic. And as it turns out, a major contributor to this statistic may be that great staple of my beauty arsenal: SCRUBS.
An article by Susan Freinkel in OnEarth Magazine (published by the Natural Resource Defense Council, or the “NRDC”) is reporting results of a study that found millions and millions of plastic “microbeads” left over from facial scrubs (and a myriad of other beauty products) are just hanging around in the Earth’s oceans and rivers, and in our Great Lakes. According to Freinkel, American consumers buy cosmetics containing more than 573,000 pounds of plastic microbeads each year. 573,000 pounds. That’s like scrubbing your face with 500 elephants.
These beads are so tiny that they slip through the filters in water treatment facilities and right into lakes, rivers, and oceans, where they are then mistaken for food and getting eaten by the fish who populate these waters — eventually being eaten by we humans, and most likely exfoliating our insides to a marble finish.
So after hearing this, I decided to dig a little deeper and seek out some exfoliating options that DON’T pollute the planet’s water supply with toxic plastic trash. Click through the slideshow below to see what I’ll be testing out for my own fall routine. Because dry skin is a pox.
And if you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to keep plastic off our faces and help to keep it out of our planet’s lakes, rivers, and oceans, click HERE. It’s the little things.
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