Is Your Face Wash Killing This Dolphin?


Earlier last week, news broke that the plastic microbeads found in some exfoliators are an environmental disaster. As reported in Fast Company, these tiny beads don't decompose, winding up in the Earth's various waterways and potentially in the stomachs of adorable wildlife like birds, fish, and other animals. A study done by environment scientist Sherri Mason revealed half a million microplastic particles in one square kilometer of water in the Great Lakes. As a result, Illinois became the first state to outlaw exfoliators with microbeads, with other states to follow. According to the site Beat the Microbead, some favored exfoliators, including Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and much of Clean & Clear's line, contain microbeads. But here are eight microbead-free exfoliators that offer a gentle, nonabrasive way to slough off dead skin, whether it's through rice bran, volcano pumice, muslin cloth, glycolic acid, or just using the same exfoliator Beyoncé uses. Click through for our favorite ways to save your skin (and save Flipper and assorted other cute wildlife).