Microbeads: What’s the Big Deal?
Microbeads have been used for years as exfoliators and scrubs. Most of you reading this have probably experienced them in multiple products. According to an article on CNN, “A microbead is any solid plastic particle that is less than 5 millimeters and is used for the purpose of exfoliating or cleansing.” There you have it.
What’s the big deal?
You have no doubt seen microbeads in the news in the last few months due to their being banned in the United States late last year. Controversy started when the microbeads were found to be increasingly harmful to the environment, and steps have been taken to exclude them from any products sold in the US.
According to the CNN article, the main reason the initiative got so much attention (and a bill was eventually signed by President Obama himself) is that the microbeads used in showers and sinks were clogging waterways. The article cites a study showing that “the volume [of microbeads] was enough to coat the surface of 300 tennis courts every day.” Now that’s a lot of microbeads! No wonder they were banned.
Why are microbeads harmful to my body?
It’s obvious the tiny beads are bad for the environment, and they can also be very harmful to your skin and your body. Any product containing plastic can be harmful to ingest. Our bodies weren’t made to process plastic, and even putting it on your skin results in some absorption.
Microbeads can also be quite damaging to the layers of your skin. They are coarse and scratchy, and they can strip your skin of its natural oils. Anything that is unnecessarily rough on skin can result in breakouts, scarring, and dry spots.
Camille Coton’s Commitment
Even before they were banned, Camille Coton’s founder Lisa Cohorn was knowledgeable about the potential dangers of microbeads. Not only are they harmful to waterways and, in turn, aquatic life, but they also cause undesirable and even dangerous effects for our bodies. Lisa developed a formula that uses natural ingredients to help dead skin cells separate from other skin layers. No microbeads means no scratching or scarring. In fact, Camille Coton’s soft microdermabrasion cream is just that – soft. It is non-irritating but still provides the exfoliation necessary for that gorgeous glow.
Your skin and your body are yours. Treat them with love and care by using products that are free of harsh beads/seeds, AHA/BHA acids, and enzymes. Soft natural oils are the way to go!