I ran across a recent article from the New Haven Register microbeads that didn't paint a very pretty picture about what they are doing to the environment. This tiny beads that are less than half a millimeter in size, are often eaten by wildlife and this allows for other harmful pollutants to attach themselves to them!
The reason this is happening is mostly due to the products we use that contain these beads, are getting washed out through waste-water treatment facilities. I admit that I am not always environmentally conscious and I may not be the first in line to an environmental rally, but when I see that such a simple change could offer a positive difference then I want to give it a chance!
As a beauty lover who tries to focus on organic and natural products when I can, I thought- There has to be a way around this one...right?! In fact, there actually is an easy solution to this one: Jojoba Beads! You may have heard of the Jojoba before, but you may not have know about Jojoba Beads:
THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE:
The Jojoba plant is a small shrub that's Native to southern Arizona, parts of Mexico, and southern California. The oil is often utilized in aromatherapy, cosmetics, and other beauty products. Jojoba beads are composed of the esters, which is the hydrogented product of Jojoba oil. This substance is very similar to the oils produced naturally by the human skin [sebum] and is normally used in lipsticks and shampoos, for example.
What's great about Jojoba beads is that they are great natural emollients [for exfoliating the skin!], can be mixed with other water-soluble ingredients, and are quite resistant to oxidation. This makes them the ideal natural alternative to microbeads as they don't cause the same harm to the environment, yet they're still highly effective!
A GREAT PRODUCT CONTAINING JOJOBA BEADS THAT I RECOMMEND:
Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser
This is a cleanser that I easily came to love with the first usage. It's clean, non-annoying scent was one of the first things I noticed :) Although this facial cleanser is packed full of awesome ingredients like Rose Hip Oil, Jojoba Beads, Kojic Acid, and Tea Tree oil- it doesn't have the sometimes odd smell that I've gotten with some organic or natural cleansers I've tried in the past.
The Jojoba beads make for a great exfoliator and you can really see and feel how smooth and soft your skin is with each use of the product. Body Merry really does make products that I LOVE and this one was no different. It's one of the newer items added to their line-up and I'm glad they decided to give the cleanser realm a try as they did an excellent job! This one is also super affordable and with the easy-to-use pump nozzle, you won't be wasting product or making a big mess in the process.
I have super sensitive and acne-prone skin and this has definitely helped with my breakout areas as well, but has managed to avoid over-drying my skin or causing more irritation and that's a really nice plus that you don't always find with similar organic or natural products. I'd recommend this cleanser to any skin type and any age. You won't have to spend an arm-and-a-leg either on this one! At 6 ounces for just around $18, this one will be around for a bit :)
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