When it comes to experimenting with new beauty treatments, most of our products can be grouped into three categories:
1. FREQUENTLY (low risk: immediate removal if not completely satisfied)
-i.e nail polish, lipstick, eye shadow
2. OCCASIONALLY (moderate risk: removal time required)
-i.e hair product, mascara, body lotion
3. NEVER! Until it stops working or something better comes along… (high risk: permanent, potential major breakouts, etc.)
-i.e face cream, hair colour, facial cleanser
Imagine my dismay when I recently discovered my favourite facial cleanser and body wash were killing the environment. The culprit? Plastic microbeads, or polyethylene (PE). The plastic beads are non-biodegradable, microscopic and eventually end up in our Great Lakes, where they remain forever or exit via the food chain. You read that right: fish are eating them. The polyethylene beads soak up toxins and unfortunately resemble fish eggs, so unless you’re hankering for The Catch Of The Day with a side of plastic, it’s time we searched for alternative solutions to our old beauty standbys.
So what products was I using? Popular drugstore brands:
OLAY Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser: I’ll admit it- once educated, feigning ignorance to polyethylene is impossible- the plastic scent is pretty powerful. The fact that it removes every trace of makeup, exfoliates and never breaks me out are all reasons why I love this product, but transitioning over to a non-toxic cleanser I can use without guilt is a priority, so the hunt is on. In the meantime, I’m using good ol’ St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which admittedly doesn’t perform as well my beloved Olay, BUT is microbead-free and has the added benefit of already being under my sink.
CARESS Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash in Burnt Brown Sugar & Karite Butter: I love this body wash so much, I cross the border for it: Caress isn’t sold in Canada. The smell is divine, it lightly exfoliates and leaves a sweet, lingering scent on the skin afterwards. The fact that it doesn’t clog up my razor if I use it for a quick shave is also major bonus. Giving it up will be tough. Damn you, Caress! Damn, you!!!
Do you care if your facial cleaner and body wash are polluting our waters? If transitioning over to non-toxic products is important to you, check out this list of products that are contributing to the toxicity.