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No need to compromise - here's how to exfoliate skin and save our oceans in one

Keep an eye on those ingredients!

To keep our skin glowing all year round, exfoliation is a MUST! By rubbing away dead skin cells, we promote cellular regeneration, stimulate blood flow, and keep our skin looking healthy and radiant - no complaints here! However, what if we told you that your exfoliator might be doing more harm than good, not only for your skin but for our planet too? Keep reading to understand the ‘microbead issue’ and what you can do about it!

What exactly are microbeads?

By definition, an exfoliator needs to be slightly abrasive in order to get rid of any dead skin cells which lie on top of our skin. To this end, many products contain microbeads - tiny bits of plastic or small scrubbing components. Although microbeads have been banned in the US, Holland and Ireland, with the UK on its way, microbeads are still often present in many cosmetic products, which can be harmful not only for our skin, but for our oceans.

Microbeads can end up in our oceans

After enjoying the rejuvenating sensation of our exfoliator, we wash off the product and see our skin glow. However, when these microbeads slip down our plugholes, they end up in our sewage systems. Unfortunately, these little pieces of plastic are too small to be captured by wastewater facilities, and can’t be broken down properly, eventually working their way into our lakes, rivers and oceans. This pollution can be harmful in itself, however it can also affect ocean ecosystems and microbeads may eventually work their way up the food chain and into our food. Marine animals often mistake these small bits of plastic for fish eggs, which is a natural part of their diet - in fact, one study found that a quarter of fish being sold in California fish markets had ingested plastic.

Keep skin healthy and use natural ingredients

Luckily, there are loads of alternatives out there which contain natural scrubbing ingredients. Use exfoliators which contain natural products such as shell or salt, for a more gentle experience not only for our skin, but for the environment, too. Biotherm’s Oil Therapy Huile de Gommage contains natural, melting sugar crystals which will exfoliate your skin, leaving it feeling nourished, smooth and satin soft. Not only does this indulgent product leave your skin feel rejuvenated, but also, enriched with 3 precious oils, leaves skin wearing a protective veil.

Biotherm’s commitment to Water Lovers

Not only do Biotherm’s products contain natural exfoliating ingredients, but the brand is committed to preserving our oceans. Together with Dr Sylvia Earle, Biotherm supports the Mission Blue initiative, which seeks to protect and restore the ocean’s seabed, as well as raising awareness of the creation of a global network of protected aquatic areas. Get involved and be a part of the movement to create a better world tomorrow, today!

The next time you go to pick out your usual exfoliator, why not take a second to look at the list of ingredients and seek to protect not only your skin, but your oceans, too!

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