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Exfoliate the Old Fashioned Way — California Bans Microbeads

By Fredrica Syren:

They might be itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, but they are a big problem for our environment. Microbeads, tiny beads less than 5 millimeters, are used as exfoliants, and are not only in our soaps but also in other beauty care products such as body wash, masks and even toothpaste. They are designed to wash off and down the drain. The big problem with them is that they are made out of plastic, which of course is detrimental to our environment, and ends up causing damage to our local waters and oceans. It is estimated that over 800 trillion microbeads get washed down the drain yearly; and because water treatment plants are not designed to handle them, most of them end up in rivers and lakes. Because of their size, they are mistaken for food by various wildlife, so make their way back up the food chain to us. Yum!!!

More and more alerts about the impact of microbeads on the environment have become public. Seven states states have banbeadpassed legislation banning them, and 17 others have bills pending. But, when Governor Jerry Brown signed a fairly iron-clad piece of legislation last week banning all kinds of microbeads, even biodegradable kinds, California became the first state to completely ban them. This is all good news.

Now, the question is how to exfoliate? First of all, exfoliating is good thing and actually helps us shed or peel off dead skin cells. This helps our skin look healthier and shinier. Exfoliating makes sure there is less dead skin to clog pores. Well, take a page from our mothers’ book and exfoliate the old fashion way, with natural products that will not pollute our planet.

Here are two great ways to achieve super soft skin without microbeads.

  • Oatmeal is one of the gentlest exfoliants you can find. In general, oatmeal is very good for your skin, whether from the outside (on the skin) or from the inside (eating it)☺ It will work best as an exfoliant if the oats are ground up in a food processor or a coffee grinder then added to water, yogurt or avocado, and applied to the face with fingertips. Another benefit of oatmeal is that it absorbs oil, so you will be cleansing as you exfoliate.
  • Sea salt is a great exfoliant, too, because the granules are large and coarse, and won’t dissolve easily. This makes it perfect for use on the rougher parts of your body, like elbows and feet. Just add some salt to some olive oil and massage gen

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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