Exfoliating a few times a week is a crucial part of a healthy skincare regimen, but what you're exfoliating with is just as important as how often you should do it. To avoid physically and environmentally harmful microbeads, consider these natural ways to exfoliate. Whether you prefer DIY or would rather purchase a natural scrub, either makes a great, safe option!
In case you missed the amazing New York Times article on what microbeads are and why they're dangerous, allow me to summarize. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic frequently used in beauty products like exfoliators and toothpaste for texture, and are cheaper than natural alternatives like ground pecan shells. Cheaper would be fine, except these microbeads are toxic, end up polluting lakes, oceans, fish and, ultimately, us.
The good news is that many major companies are phasing out the use of microbeads in their products, so while products are still available on the shelves currently, they are well aware of the dangers that they pose and are being proactive about excluding them and including other environmentally-friendly exfoliators.
For a better understanding of why you should dodge microbeads and either whip up your own exfoliators (or purchase those with only 100 percent natural ingredients), check out this video below from the StoryOfStuffProject:
Below are some of my favorite natural exfoliating products, as well as a few totally effective DIY exfoliators!
1. Cane Sugar And Coconut Oil
A simple scrub made from 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup pure cane sugar is perfect for all over your body.
2. Ground Coffee And Coconut Oil
Perfect for chapped lips, a ground coffee and coconut oil scrub takes all of two minutes to whip up.
3. Sea Salt And Jojoba Oil (And Essential Oils!)
You'll feel like you're at the spa with this cleansing and nourishing mineral dead sea salt scrub.
4. Oatmeal Face Mask
This avocado and oatmeal face mask is both exfoliating and moisturizing.
5. Cane Sugar And Honey
Mix together 2 tablespoons of raw honey with 1/4 cup pure cane sugar to create a nourishing antibacterial mask gentle enough to use on your face.
This incredibly gentle coffee scrub is 100 percent natural and brightens skin thanks to the caffeine boost.
Rich and romantic with rose geranium essential oil, this sea salt scrub will leave you squeaky clean.
With honey, organic oats, and arrowroot powder, this gentle scrub is designed to swipe away dead skin cells on your face to leave it nice and silky.
Not into scrubs? Check out this stunner exfoliator soap bar, instead.
For all my mojito fans out there, this is the natural exfoliator for you!
Another swoon-worthy naturally scented sugar scrub, this one features bright bursts of lemongrass and lavender.
With honey granules and sweet jasmine, this exfoliating scrub is gentle enough to use everywhere.
With olive oil and hints of cinnamon, this natural exfoliator smells good enough to devour.
Get a burst of summer no matter what it's like outside with this sweet cherry exfoliator.
15. Chocolate Scrub
Yes, yes this does exist.
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