Back to articles The Microbead Debate: Is there plastic in your cleanser?

Wednesday 15th of June, 2016

Microbeads may be microscopic, but they are causing a stir in the beauty industry and creating serious problems for our aquatic environment. These tiny plastic beads serve no benefit to the skin and are used as cheap alternatives to effective mineral and plant based exfoliants. Many consumers may not even be aware that the products they are using contain microbeads. Most commonly they are added to facial cleansers, scrubs, body wash and even wrinkle filling facial creams

Environmentalists and scientists have discovered large quantities of microbeads in Australian waterways that are causing long term damage to marine life. The beads enter our waters via sewerage systems and are non-biodegradable. Every day, billions of these plastic particles are being flushed down our drains and into our lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Microbeads act like sponges and are capable of absorbing toxic by-products from our waters. If eaten by our marine life these toxins can make their way up the food chain, back to you and I as consumers.

Numerous countries across the world including the USA, Europe, Canada, Sweden and now Australia are in the process of banning polyethylene microbeads in personal care products. Leading Australian supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths, have pledged to withdraw products containing microbeads from their shelves by the end of 2017.

There are many naturally derived materials that can be used for exfoliation such as walnut husks, coffee grinds, sugar and salt. Synergie Skin chooses to formulate with aluminium oxide crystals, a premium mineral scrub agent and the same material that is used in microdermabrasion treatments.


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Terri Vinson