Why Morning Microbeads Are Causing A Macro-Problem


Your everyday morning routine probably involves brushing your teeth, grabbing a bagel and coffee, putting on your work clothes, and…washing your face.

But what if cleaning your morning face is actually dirtying up our global health?

The available research on microbead pollution points to the conclusion that our world might slowly be dying because of our morning face scrubs. Microbeads, or those minuscule, round plastics implemented in our facial scrubs, toothpastes, and many other exfoliating products, are so tiny that they could– and are– slipping right past conventional water filtration processes. They’re even ending up in bodies of water across the nation, leading to severe consequences regarding our environment, water life, and our human health!

The biggest issue with microbead pollution is its impact on our aquatic ecosystem, says Nneka Leiba, MPH, department director of research at the Environmental Working Group. In fact, microbeads represent a novel and harmful method to make fish more toxic. Microbeads act like little sponges, while absorbing chemicals in our waterways, Leiba continues.

Research done at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) found that chemicals which are passed along in this manner are nonylphenol,  triclosan, and phenanthrene. The researchers even concluded that chemical contact with these toxins via microplastics were disastrous to the animals eating them, causing weakened immune function, greater oxidative stress, and higher mortality rates.

It’s been known for awhile now that these chemicals get to humans “from packaged goods,” offered Mark Anthony Browne, postdoctoral fellow at NCEAS. For more than four decades, though, scientists didn’t have the necessary information regarding whether these particles of plastic could transfer chemicals through wildlife and ultimately harm the organism(s) exposed to it, effectively disrupting sustainable biodiversity.

One great substitute of traditional face scrubs includes Acure Brightening Facial Scrub; when it comes to its exfoliation properties, it handles the job of cleaning your face without as much pollution, experts claim. That’s because certain exfoliators are too rough while others are too gentle, though this one strikes the perfect balance, going on easily and ridding your skin of any dead cells still there from the night before.

Even though Acure Brightening Facial Scrub gives a different feeling to your skin, it’s at least as effective as synthetic scrubs when it comes to wearing down over-sized pores on your cheeks, chin, and nose— and much more effective at maintaining our world’s environmental health.

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