If you’re like me, you probably never thought about those tiny little peach beads in your face scrub, or the little blue ones in your toothpaste. They just make your skin soft and keep your breath fresh, right? It turns out they are actually not as benign as they seem; these microscopic scrubbers are so small that they pass through cities’ water filtration systems, polluting the earth’s lakes and oceans. They are also harmful for fish, who can mistake the plastic (which can soak up toxins) for food and ingest it.
The good news is that some companies are starting to phase out microbeads. However, this won’t happen for several years for big companies like Crest and L’Oreal, and who knows if all companies will eventually follow suit or just a handful of them.
So if you don’t want to exfoliate your face with plastic, try my favorite DIY alternative! It will leave your skin soft, smooth, and smelling faintly like honey, all while using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
To make your DIY sugar scrub, mix 3 parts sugar with 1 part olive oil (whisk a tablespoon of honey into the olive oil first) until it makes a thick paste. Scrub your hands, feet, elbows, or face gently (sugar is more abrasive than microbeads) and rinse it off with lukewarm water. If you are using on your feet, it’s best to use the scrub in the shower as it can get messy.
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