Grooming Editor

Eco-friendly exfoliators: the best microbead free scrubs available

In January, a ban came into effect in the UK which prohibits the sale of body scrubs and face exfoliators which make use of plastic micro-beads. This is a fantastic environmental initiative, with the aim of reducing the levels of waste plastic which make it into the ocean. We’ve already covered some of the reasons why we should be aiming to use less plastic here,  but to summarise, non bio-degradable plastics easily find their way into water sources and eventually into the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife and the environment. To tie in with World Oceans Day this year, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the best microbead free exfoliating scrubs.

Best eco-friendly microbead free scrubs

1. Bean Body Coffee Bean Scrub range

Coffee scrubs are one of the most effective ways to keep your body exfoliated and deeply cleansed, and not only are they extremely good for your skin, but they’re great for the environment. Totally biodegradable coffee beans are the primary exfoliating ingredient made use of by the Bean Body scrubs, while its other naturally derived ingredients avoid causing environmental harm too.

2. Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub

This body scrub makes use of naturally sourced pumice and bamboo stem as its main exfoliating ingredient. Its luxuriant Geranium Leaf, Bergamot, and Mandarin formulation, enriched with botanical oils, make the Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub extremely satisfying to use.

3. Yes To Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub

The Yes To Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub is a daily facial scrub which minimises the pores and limit redness with the inclusion of Bisabolol. Its exfoliating ingredients include biodegradable Bamboo and Mango Seeds, while it uses Salicylic Acid to perfect your complexion and combat blemishes.

4. Hawkins & Brimble Pre-Shave Scrub

This exfoliating product is specifically designed as a pre-shave scrub. Exfoliating is a fantastic way to clear away dead skin, dirt and debris from the face before shaving, as well as lifting the hair away from the face to allow for a smoother shave with lower likelihood of resulting ingrown hairs. The Hawkins & Brimble Pre-Shave Scrub also makes use of biodegradable Walnut Shell as its main exfoliating agent.

5. Neville Rescue Scrub Tube

The Neville Recuse Scrub Tube is equally suited to use as a daily facial scrub as well as a pre-shave treatment. Its natural ingredients include Volcanic Ash and Corn Cob Granules, its primary exfoliants, as well as Willow Bark, Bergamot and Clove Oils.



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