A UK ban on the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of some cosmetic and personal care products came into effect on 9th January 2018. A full ban on the sale of products containing microbeads will come into force in July. These small spherical beads designed to help with exfoliation are added to products such as shower gel, toothpaste and facial scrubs. The move for a ban followed a report from MPs on the Commons environmental audit committee, which warned that trillions of the beads are being flushed into sewers, rivers and seas where they become a threat to wildlife and human health.
Most microbeads are made from polyethylene, the same material used to make plastic bags, bullet-proof vests and artificial knee joints – meaning they are incredibly tough and resilient.
A single shower can result in 100,000 microbeads being washed into the oceans. On an average day, the UK dumps 86 tons of the beads into the sea, where they collect in the bodies of fish, sea birds and crabs. Some experts believe the beads are also a potential threat to human health as they can enter the food chain.
The United States will next year ban the use of microbeads in cosmetic products.The UK ban only covers the sale of rinse off products - it doesn't cover the use of microbeads in products such as paint, lipstick and suncream.
A range of natural alternatives are already being used in cosmetics particularly for exfoliation. Beads made from the oil that comes from the jojoba plant are fully biodegradable. Other natural products such as salt, coffee and whole oats, and more exotic ones such as rosehip seeds are all suitable and don't damage the marine environment in the same way as plastic.
ENVIRON'S face masks DO NOT contain microbeads:
1. Intensive Revival Masque contains Asiatic Acid, Lactic Acid and Mandelic Acid which lower the skins pH and helps to smooth the skins surface.
2. Environ’s Ionzyme C-Quence Energising Masque is a gentle micro-exfoliating masque containing a high concentration of vitamin C.
So if you still want to achieve smooth, exfoliated skin using products which aren't harmful to the environment, choose ENVIRON - call Madame Skin today - 0207 205 4305.