With summer holidays and sunshine now top of the agenda, we all want to achieve healthy, glowing skin. With that in mind, we would always recommend regular exfoliation as one of the best ways to achieve a clear, smooth complexion to compliment your summer tan. If you're new to exfoliation, why not read skincare expert Toni's recent blog.
Exfoliators have been hitting the headlines recently because of growing concern around the use of microbeads in products including exfoliators and toothpastes.
We are pleased to say that none of our products contain microbeads, rather we source only naturally based solutions to exfoliation including milled lavender flowers and fruit acids.
What are microbeads and why are they so bad?
Microbeads are pieces of plastic, generally less than 5mm big, that are added to products including facial washes, exfoliators, toothpastes, washing powders and abrasive cleaners. They are typically made from either petrochemical plastics (e.g. polypropylene or polystyrene) or polyethylene.
The problem with microbeads is that they are not biodegradable and being so small, they are easily washed down the plughole and through water filtration systems, ending up in the sea and ultimately in our food chain. (Think fish and seafood). This Greenpeace infographic illustrates the problem.
Following a petition signed by over 300,000 supporters, the UK government said as recently as last month that they are supportive of a ban on microbeads in cosmetics. America and Canada are banning their use and many brands are pledging not to use them.
How to avoid microbeads?
If you're looking for products to avoid, BeattheMicrobead.org has published a list of products containing microbeads.
Bee Good stockist, Waitrose announced earlier this month that it supports a microbead ban by being the first UK supermarket to ban any cosmetics products containing microbeads by September 2016.
Here at Bee Good we recommend looking for products containing natural ingredients with an exfoliating action such as botanicals, kernals, sugar, fruit acids or even a muslin cloth. Try our own Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator (using milled lavender flowers) and our NectaPerfecta Beautifying Mask (using fruit acids).