I am sure you will have heard in the media about the curse of the micro bead in beauty, household and toiletry products.
We are vehemently opposed to their totally unnecessary use. As founder of Charlie Locks, I have never approved of abrasive ingredients in scrubs because of the damage that can be done to the skin let alone the catastrophic effect they are inflicting on our planet.
So why were they added in the first place?
In the first instance, they became fashionable in scrubs for their abrasive qualities. The use of abrasive scrubs has always been anathema to me. I was fortunate enough to see under a microscope what the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin) looked like after it had been exfoliated with these type of products. What you see are lots of tiny microscopic scratches on the surface that can cause breakouts to spread in younger skins and fragility in maturer ones.
Secondly, other companies use them to create smoothness and hand appeal to their products. Again all totally unnecessary.
So what are the alternatives?
There are many fantastic natural and organic alternatives all of which are not costly to produce and more importantly won't cost the Earth. For exfoliation, we use clays in our peeling cream in combination with our essential oils which naturally 'sticks' to the stratum corneum and is gently peeled away with the fingers. We appreciate that this may take a little more time than a quick splurge with an abrasive scrub but a small time price to pay to benefit the oceans, your skin and the planet.
As for the smoothness of our products we use sugar! Look at the back of our labels and you will see sucrose stearate.
What can we do?
As consumers you have the power - don't buy the products that contain microbeads. Make sure that the UK government carries out its commitment to ban the bead by the end of 2017.
What do I look for on packaging?
Some packaging clearly state they contain microbeads on the front of their labelling others don't. Here's what to look for: Polyethylene will appear as PE or PMMA which is Polymethyl Methacrylate. You may also see NYLON.
For a comprehensive list of products containing microbeads visit www.beatthemicrobead.org
Together we have the power!
Love Julie xx
For a comprehensive list of the companies that use microbeads in their products visit www.beatthemicrobead.org