What’s in your beauty scrub?

Holding out for a natural beauty scrub.
Credit: nandadevieast / Foter / CC BY

There’s nothing like scrubbing our skin free from city grime and stress to reveal healthier, more glowing skin.

But we could be damaging the oceans with our beauty regime if we’re choosing the wrong products. Many of the alluring little tubs promising younger, cleaner skin contain plastic particles.

And that means when we’re exfoliating our dead skin cells and rinsing the product off our face, we wash away those plastic particles into the sea, adding to the horrific plastic soup.

The solution is to replace these micro plastics with environmentally friendly alternatives – the MCS and North Sea Foundation are calling on manufacturers to use ingredients like anise seeds, sand, salt and coconut.

To make sure you’re picking the right products off the shelf, look out for the plastics Polyethylene / Polythene (PE), polypropylene (PP) or Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on the label.

And you can sign the petition to transform the cosmetics industry, seeing an end to micro plastics in our beauty bag – I’d feel better about natural products on my skin anyway, wouldn’t you?