July 21, 2016

What are Microbeads?

Microbeads are tiny manufactured pieces of plastic which are less than 5 millimetres in size. They are made of polyethylene but can be produced from other petrochemical plastics. Often added to everyday cosmetic products such as soap, face wash, exfoliators and toothpaste, these little pieces of plastic have a bigger impact on the environment than you may initially think. Microbeads are small enough to be washed down the drain as well as pass through water filtration systems or sewage treatment plants, undetected. This means they can end up in rivers, canals, and even the sea. In fact, according to Greenpeace, 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans, every year. mm

Why is this ingredient damaging?

Microbeads play a part in water pollution, and many researchers have discovered that these plastic beads are ending up in the stomachs of marine life and even birds! For example, whales mistake these beads for food. This infringement of the food chain is worrying for both animals and humans, as those who eat seafood may end up ingesting a piece of this toxic plastic from an affected fish.

What are we doing about it?

More than a year ago we initiated action to remove microbeads from our products. We want to help preserve and protect our wildlife, water quality, and general environment. Thus microbeads have been removed from our Clear Acne Cleanser and Brightening Polish. In addition, new formulas, without microbeads, have been introduced into the Daily Polishing Cleanser and Refresh Facial Polish. Our dedication to not testing on animals goes hand-in-hand with this commitment to avoid damaging our environment. We do not wish to leave our wildlife and waterways worse off than we found them.



Also in Blog

What Methods Can I Use to Brighten up My Dull Skin?
What Methods Can I Use to Brighten up My Dull Skin?

September 09, 2020

Your skin constantly sheds dead skin cells, but if the process isn't working correctly then you may get dull skin. Here's how you can brighten up dull skin.

Read More

How You Can Heal Sun Damaged Skin During the Hot Summer Months
How You Can Heal Sun Damaged Skin During the Hot Summer Months

August 11, 2020

Are you planning to spend extended periods of time in the hot summer sun? Here's how you can heal sun damaged skin during the hot summer months.

Read More

What Type of Acne Treatment Is Right for Your Skin Complexion?
What Type of Acne Treatment Is Right for Your Skin Complexion?

August 07, 2020

How much time do you spend bending over a mirror poking at spots on your face? Do you feel like you have to hide behind layers of concealer, foundation, and colour-correcting cream? Have you given up hope that you’ll be able to find the right skincare routine for you?

Finding the right acne treatment is possible, and knowing your skin type can help. Read on to discover what you need to be doing to take care of your skin type and how you can even fix old scars leftover from previous bouts of acne.

Read More