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Microbeads in exfoliators are a big NO-NO

Microbeads in exfoliators are a big NO-NO

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Microbeads are very small bits of plastic that manufacturers use to supply scrubbing power to body washes, exfoliators, toothpastes, and other cleansing products. They look like tiny spheres. They range in size from 1 millimeter, about the size of a pinhead, to 1 micrometer, too small to be seen by the naked eye. According to an estimate from the United Nations Environment Program, a typical exfoliating shower gel might contain as much plastic in microbead form as there is in its plastic container.

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Research has demonstrated that the tiny beads look like food to fish and other marine life. Eating the plastic is harmful enough on its own for these animals, but scientists have also shown that plastic pellets can harbor polluting chemicals, potentially causing problems for the food chain and our food supply. If you still think microplastic is a fish-only problem, consider this: dentists have expressed concern that microbeads that are intentionally added to toothpaste are getting stuck in patients’ gums, trapping harmful bacteria.


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Using a plastic exfoliant every day? Your love for smooth skin could spell disaster for the environment.  Let's aim to replace these microbeads with natural alternatives! 🌿  Organic Brown Sugar, which can be found in our Honey and Milky Oat Scrub, can be used to exfoliate your body, especially if you tend to shave your legs and scrub at the same time.  Salt is also an awesome natural alternative to microbeads when you want a good overall body exfoliation, eliminating the rough, dry patches of dead skin. Check out our Orange Coffee Scrub if you're interested to know what salt can do in exfoliating your skin!   What are you waiting for?! Come and grab our natural exfoliators on www.the-soaphaus.com  



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