What Are Some Options For Exfoliation?


Over recent years tiny beads created from plastic, called microbeads, have found their way as an component in some aesthetic products designed for exfoliating the skin. Exfoliating gets rid of the outer, deceased layer of epidermis. Why these plastics ever became a staple for a few companies is a mystery if you ask me in a day and time when most of us are so aware of plastic being truly a source of air pollution in waterways.

Thankfully, President Obama lately signed a costs to ban these ingredients in makeup products, the Microbead-free WatersAct of 2015 HR 1321, after unanimous acceptance by the U.S. These plastic beads aren’t biodegradable so when they go down the drain they end up in aquatic habitats and make up a large part of the pollution in lakes.

Their small size allows for fish to consume them convinced that they are food. The ban will take impact January 1, 2018 so companies currently using these beads have time to reformulate their products. Products that use microbeads include body and face scrubs designed for exfoliation. Brands include Clinique, Rite Aid, Kiehl’s, Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Aveeno, Estee Lauder, and Crest Toothpaste even.

There are many options in the formulators tool kit, however, for exfoliation and I’ve always questioned why these plastic material microbeads became so popular. They have no real benefits over other materials used for exfoliation. What are some options for exfoliation? Salt is one of the best exfoliants for the body and it is simple to find salt scrubs to use on the skin while taking a shower. You can find them in these botanical sodium scrubs. Just rub them on and rinse off for a nice silky feel. Sea sodium is rich in other minerals (besides just sodium and chloride) including magnesium which can help with epidermis hydration.

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Salt is said to be proficient at flushing toxins from the skin and is particularly good for acne. Salt can be irritating on sensitive or damaged pores and skin. That’s the reason we use sugar as an exfoliant for hands and feet, although sodium is perfect as well there. Sometimes salt can be considered a too course for the face so are there other available choices little. Fruit acids also called alpha hydroxy acids are incorporated into exfoliants used for the face often.

Alpha hydroxy acids include malic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. They can be found by you in Starbright Brightening Mask. Beta hydroxy acids are used for exfoliation. Jojoba beads are small wax beads created from jojoba. They act like microbeads in that they are small, easy and around so good for a moderate exfoliation.

However, unlike microbeads, they are not plastic and so are biodegradable and safe for the environment completely. They do melt though if they get hot too. You can find them in Meadow Mist FACE CLEANER. Clay is an excellent staple for exfoliation and are available in many forms including kaolin clay, bentonite clay, rhassoul clay, green clay and black clay – all with different properties.