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Forget Microbeads: Environmentally Friendly Products to Exfoliate Skin

Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic usually included in body washes, facial scrubs, toothpastes, and other products in order to help with cleansing. They were first patented for use in the United States in 1972 and, since then, have made their way into countless beauty products. In spite of their decades-long popularity, microbeads do not degrade easily and instead accumulate in the ecosystem, leading to an array of issues, including contaminated bodies of water. Due to these negative effects, microbeads were banned in the U.S. in 2015.

Fortunately, there are many eco-friendly beauty scrubs available for individuals who want all-natural ways to exfoliate their skin. Some of these products include:

  • Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Scrub – This scrub has no dyes or artificial perfumes, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. Rice granules in the scrub act as exfoliants to help lift away dead skin cells.
  • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub – Apricot extract, walnut shell powder, and corn kernel meal are included as exfoliants in this invigorating body wash.
  • Palmer’s Gentle Exfoliating Scrub – Palmer’s is a brand known for its cocoa butter products, so it’s no surprise this scrub uses “micro-fine” cocoa beans to help cleanse skin.

You may also choose to create your own scrubs using ingredients like granulated sugar and coconut oil. Residents who would prefer to purchase any of the scrubs listed may be able to do so by visiting the stores near our apartments by The Villages, FL. To learn about PepperTree Apartment Homes, contact us today – or stop by for a tour of our community.