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.
8 Scrubs That Won’t Pollute The Ocean 1 of 9
Do good for your body and the planet.
LUSH OCEAN SALT Face and Body Scrub 2 of 9
This facial scrub is made with ocean salt, hydrating fresh avocado, and coconut. Plus, the antibacterial effects of lime and vodka (yes, vodka!) leave skin visibly brightened and healthy-looking.
Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub 3 of 9
Arbonne does not test on our animal friends, is vegan certified, cruelty free, and made in the USA. Formulated without dyes or chemical fragrances, this facial scrub exfoliates with yummy things like carrot cell extract, lemon verbena, and cucumber for calming the delicate facial skin.
Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub 4 of 9
Exfoliate with natural fruit enzymes and finely ground walnut shell, blended with calming botanical extracts. This scrub is not only organic, but also hypoallergenic and smells amaaaaazing.
Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA Invigorating Eucalyptus Sugar-Salt Scrub 5 of 9
This yummy scrub is made from mineral-rich salts and organic sugar granules, plus soothing eucalyptus. It doesn't contain any nasty plastic beads, and bonus: AHAVA does not test on animals.
L’Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Scrub 6 of 9
For those of us with sensitive skin, this rich, moisturizing scrub gently exfoliates with finely ground nutshells to keep our skin looking healthy for those chilly fall months.
Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub 7 of 9
According to their website, "This invigorating scrub deep cleanses, smoothes and refines the skin as it polishes away impurities. Packed with the antioxidant power of african red tea, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin and honey, this sweet scrub awakens skin to a smoother and brighter skin tone." Yes, please!
Organic Male – OM4Men Encore Collection – Citrus Bamboo Resurfacing Scrub 8 of 9
This scrub will help the rough, rugged men in our lives remain environmentally conscious (and how hot is that?). This scrub exfoliates using bamboo blended with fruit acids, jojoba beads, tangerine, and acai. So metro, yet so good…
…Or MAKE YOUR OWN! 9 of 9
There are lots of natural options we can make in our very own kitchens, like this simple, effective, and totally natural oatmeal and honey facial scrub.
Find the recipe here!