Want glowing skin, without all the environmental damage? You’ve come to the right place.
First, it's best to avoid microbeads completely, which go by the names of polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene in product ingredients, and are commonly found in many facial and body exfoliants. Other than being a huge contributor to plastic pollution in the ocean, they're not all that great for your skin, either. Dermatologists have reported that patients may suffer from skin damage due frequent usage, and persistent use can rip the skin and damage its natural defence system, leaving it open to breakouts and premature ageing.
Microbeads have been so prevalent in our skincare products simply because they are cheap, durable, and easy to source.
But there are healthier and more effective methods to achieve glowy, exfoliated skin, that does not cause further damage to the planet. Here, we list out a few key ingredients you can look out for, which offers your skin numerous addtional benefits for a plumped, dewy complexion. Glowy skin FTW!
The soaking properties of your morning oats are just as great for your milk in your breakfast bowls as it is with excess oil on your skin. Oats are one of nature’s most gentle exfoliants, with anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated, dry and sensitive skin. Psst: they’re perfect when grounded in a blender with added water to make paste.
2. Jojoba Beads
Jojoba beads come from Jojoba oil, which is a liquid wax derived from the jojoba shrub, and are popular alternatives to microbeads thanks to natural sourcing and relatively gentle exfoliation. They are biodegradable and come in a variety of colours and shapes, so make sure to find one that suits you best.
Sea salt is a natural purifier that removes toxins that blocks the skin’s pores, improves circulation, and tightens skin. But do note – it’s a more abrasive alternative to microbead-filled products due to its sharp edges, so they are best smoothed onto rough skin on the body and feet.
Hungover, or just need an overall perk me up? Caffeine helps in more ways than one, and offers numerous antioxidant benefits when applied on your skin. It helps stimulate blood flow for brighter skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling. That’s not all - it’s high antioxidant content helps to slow down the process of ageing, too.
Sugar scrubs are a gentler alternative to salts, and are much more hydrating, thanks to its humectant properties. It also encourages cell turnover, as it is a natural source of glycolic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is able to penetrate the skin. This makes it a perfect natural option for those with sun damaged or aging skin.