Whilst used in cosmetic products for years, it is only recently that the environmental safety of microbeads has come into question.
So, what are microbeads?
Microbeads are tiny balls of plastic, less than 1mm which are used in many skincare products and toiletries such as face scrubs and toothpaste to aid exfoliation or to create a silky texture. These beads are made from polyethylene, the same material used to make plastic bags, which means that they are not biodegradable.
While these small beads may seem harmless, we wash up to 100,000 of these beads down the sink when using products that use these beads. This is in turn has a detrimental impact on the environment and marine life as these beads end up in the oceans and inside fish, birds and turtles. As well as harming wildlife, these microbeads can inadvertently end up in the food chain, meaning we could end up consuming them too.
Beauty retailers Superdrugs and Boots have warned cosmetic companies that they will not be stocking any products containing microbeads as of 2017 and are urging cosmetic companies to update their formulas.
Here at the Light Touch Clinic, we have decided that we are going to follow suit and will stop stocking products which contain microbeads. Fortunately most of our skincare products are free from microbeads. However, Oilacleanse by ZO does contain microbeads. We will not be ordering any more of this product until the formula is updated.
If this product is part of your skin routine, do pop in or call the clinic and speak to Fariba who can recommend you some alternative products.