Microbeads- the lowdown
Microbeads have been a hot topic in the beauty industry for a while, but when the government pledged to ban microbeads in cosmetics and other household products by 2017, the subject has caught the attention of the wider media.
What Do I Need to Know?
Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic found in cosmetic scrubs, toothpaste, and other household cleaning products, and are thought to be damaging to the environment. The plastics do not biodegrade and environmentalists fear that the plastic particles are building up in oceans and entering the food chain.
Environment Secretary Angela Leadsom said: “Most people would be dismayed to know the face scrub or toothpaste they use was causing irreversible damage to the environment, with billions of indigestible plastic pieces poisoning sea creatures. “Adding plastic to products like face washes and body scrubs is wholly unnecessary when harmless alternatives can be used.”
The government has proposed a ban on microbeads in 2017, following the US announcement earlier this year. The European Commission is also currently developing proposals to ban them in cosmetics across the EU, following calls from a number of member states.
What to look for
Microbeads in cosmetics will usually be listed in the ingredients as polyethylene, polypropylene or polymethylmethacrylate. They are commonly found in exfoliating scrubs and toothpaste.
Many people love the feeling of a good scrub to brighten and deep clean the skin- and there is no reason we can’t carry on.
Since 2015 all Dermalogica products have been free of the nasty plastics that are found in many other skin products. Of the entire line, there were only two formulas that contained microbeads — Clear Start™ Pore Control Scrub and Exfoliating Body Scrub.
These products were previously formulated with Polyethylene, which has since been removed and replaced with finely micronized powders that are produced from 100% biodegradable Polylactic Acid polymers, naturally derived from renewable resources. These high-density powders provide the same high performance of Polyethylene powders but are derived from an eco-friendly polymer.
Want to get your scrub on, without damaging the environment? Choose Dermalogica for an eco-friendly alternative.