Best microbead-free exfoliants
Microbeads in everyday household products like face and body scrubs will banned from the end of next year under new Government plans. Typically used as exfoliants in skin care, the U.K. is following suit from the U.S., who have a ban on the non-biodegradable plastic particles because of their hugely negative environmental impact. Tonnes of the pesky beads disappear down our plugholes on a daily basis, before they eventually end up in the ocean and are eaten by shellfish and plankton, or larger fish and birds. So before the ban comes into place, it’s time for a bathroom cabinet clear out – check the labels of the products on your shelves, and ditch any products containing nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate or polytetrafluoroethylene.
Here’s a round-up of the best non-plastic face and body scrubs on the market.
Light face exfoliation
If you only need a light exfoliation, Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream by Trilogy gently sloughs off dead skin cells using naturally exfoliating fruit enzymes. Slather it on in the morning before your shower and leave it on as a face mask for five minutes before washing off for instantly brighter skin.
Deep face exfoliation
PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads by Zelens, might not seem that heavy duty but they punch above their weight. Sweep a pad over cleansed skin and let the chemical exfoliants go to work. Your skin will look smoother and refreshed, and the effects only improve over time. If you use it in the mornings, always follow with an SPF.
Best body exfoliant
The granular mix of sugar and salt in Origins' Smoothing peppermint and orange scented Salt Scrub feels satisfying on the skin and is the perfect prep for fake tan. It doesn't leave any sort of oily residue, and will leave skin silky smooth.
If you want pure spa decadence, Omorovicza Gold Sugar Scrub ticks all the beauty boxes. It has a moisturising sugar base plus flecks of gold which leave a beautiful shimmer on the skin. It’s ultra moisturising, making the complexion satin smooth and is great before a night out if you’re planning on showing some shiny skin.