Some beauty and dental care products have these beads in their composition to aid with the cleaning process. If your favorite scrub contains polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene, you are probably unconsciously littering the environment. It is surprising how something so small like microbeads can have such a big impact in the world we live in.
For several years now, the products manufactured by the industry i.e. plastics have been polluting the oceans, threatening marine life. The impact the microbeads have in the environment is part of phenomenon called Plastic Particle Water Pollution. This process is defined as plastics particles under 5mm in diameter found in the freshwater and oceans instead of in the plastic manufacturing stream. Unfortunately for marine animals, they get entangled or ingest the plastics as they perform daily activities. The microbeads pose a great risk to the marine creature as they get to their environment with no effort. When the beauty products are used, they get evacuated via drain and end up bypassing the sewage treatment plants due to size. The evacuation path for them is straight to the rivers and canals. Small animals like perch, krill eat these microbeads. As a result they die prematurely due to choking on those beads. Species like the krill make up the bottom of the food chain, hence affect great part of the animals who depend on them for conversion of phytoplankton and zooplankton.
A devastating effect the microbeads have over the marine life, and the species that feeds on them (birds, for example). Due to high levels of pollution, Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 was created for better managing the amount of these pollutants. The beauty products manufacturers were not so happy about it for sure; so many products going to waste. Oh well, too bad! The environment comes first.
If you are curious, click here to see the list of all the products, some exfoliates as well, that contain microbeads. It is important you keep exfoliating your face and body despite not having the microbeads exfoliators. Exfoliation is an important process for the skin as it removes old dead skin cells from the epidermis, improving circulation. For a beautiful healthy skin, these old cells need to give space for new ones to come out. The skin will be shine less, dry and prone to clogged pores without exfoliation. This is great opportunity to use more natural ingredients in your scrub once you learn more about them. There are many naturally occurring and biodegradable exfoliates needed to be explored.
Almonds, oatmeal, sugar, sea salt, apricot pits, coffee grounds and coconut husks are just few of the several exfoliates you can use in place of the microbeads. This is even better for us because we decrease usage of chemically produced ingredients in our body, and the money we save from not buying them. But there is a surprise: that was not the best part. What is more exciting than using less chemicals and saving money? You can make the exfoliates at home. Your body will thank you for that. Most of the ingredients are found at home, so start with a small research for your homemade scrubs.
Homemade Scrubs Ingredients
Great for body exfoliator, the sugar (from sugar cane) is a natural source of glycolic acid, an α-hydroxy acid (AHA). This acid penetrates the skin easily to change its appearance and texture. Its working method is by breaking down the proteins connecting the dead cells together, revealing the new cells.
This acid helps with Wrinkles, acne, hyper pigmentation. Glycolic acid is used by dermatologist as an ingredient for chemical peels kits with the concentration varying from 20 to 70 %. Consequently make sure to use sunscreen after the usage. Click here to learn a little more about this acid.
For a long period of time, salt has been a famous ingredients in skin health. It has anti-inflammatory properties due to presence of magnesium, specially for Dead Sea Salt. Salt baths can help with psoriasis and eczema by improving blood circulation and getting toxins out of the skin. The zinc in salt helps to generate new cells, keeping the skin rejuvenated. Consider taking more salt baths. The benefits of salt depend on the amount of trace minerals and elements. Refined salt does not contain much trace minerals and elements because they stripped during the refining process. Make sure to take into account these last one before using salt for any scrub. For more information, click here and here.
Known for lowering blood cholesterol due to beta-glucan presence, oatmeal packs a lot more benefits for a healthy skin. Oatmeal soothes some diseases like chicken pox, eczema.
This happens because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant anti-itch properties. Those properties come from saponin, compound of steroid or triterpenoid aglycone (sapogenins) and oglisaccharide moieties. The saponin is also a cleansing agent, which helps with removing the dead skins cells and other toxins from the skin. The presence of the saccharides helps with skin dryness due to its gelatinous properties when in contact with water. In addition, oatmeal helps improve the skin tone and texture like the sugar. For itchy skin, try adding a paste made from oatmeal. It will calm it. Great addition to your scrub. For more information on benefits of oatmeal, click here.
Sweet sweet Honey! Great sweetener, energy source, packed with vitamins and minerals. Tried it in a toast in the morning for an energy kick once and it was delicious. There is a small difference between the sugar from honey and others sources: energy rate of conversion.
If that was not enough, it has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Retaining moisture is one of the great benefits from honey, as it prevents the skin from drying. Honey absorbs some unwanted particles, making it a great cleanser for the skin. Using honey will make your skin soft, glowing and nourished skin. This makes the presence of honey essential to beauty products. For more information, click here and here.
The list of ingredients for homemade scrubs is endless. Some of them may be a little to harsh to use on the face. Things do not tend to work the same way for everyone. You need to find your ingredients yourself if those on top do not work for you. It is all a matter of research and try. Take your skin condition into consideration by asking a dermatologist opinion. If the ingredients you selected are providing you with good results, then perhaps you may have found your homemade goodies.
Before you go, I would like to ask the following questions:
- What are your favorite ingredients for scrubs?
- Have they given you good results?
Until next time, my Hungry People.
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