The best natural exfoliants to replace plastic microbeads
Time Out gives you some ideas on the best natural exfoliants to replace plastic microbeads and relevant treatments at the best spas in Dubai
Microbeads in beauty products may seem like a dream-come-true for your skin, since these small, smooth, beads (found in shower gels, toothpastes, face washes and body scrubs) seem to offer a level of exfoliation that only a dermatologist can. But their impact on the environment far outweighs the benefits they have on your body.
The problem is, they’re made of non-biodegradeble plastic, so once they’re washed off after your weekly scrub, they end up in Dubai Marina, the Creek or the Arabian Gulf. Think of it as dumping millions of plastic water bottles into the ocean on a weekly basis. Except unlike water bottles, which are obvious and visible, these plastic drops are so tiny that they can be easily consumed by aquatic life, resulting in death.
So the US has taken action. In January this year, a law prohibiting the manufacture of the plastics that make microbeads and the sale of products that contain them, from July 2017, was approved.
The law has not yet made its way to Dubai, but considering how devastating the side-effects are, perhaps it’s time to make a change. “A single tube of cleanser can contain approximately 300,000 microbeads,” says Erica Vega, training manager at Lush Cosmetics, which, as a sustainable company, has stopped using microbeads in all its products.
So what will this mean for your beauty regime? Natural exfoliants that contain sea salt or sand can be used instead of your favourite microbead-filled scrubs. Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub, for example, uses sand from Bora Bora, sea salt and coconut shells to exfoliate the body. It’s also packed with jojoba oil and monoi to leave the skin feeling velvety smooth. Nuxe Body Melting Body Scrub uses botanical extracts of orange peel, lychee and walnut to exfoliate the skin, and The Clean Dirt by May Lindstrom Skin is made with a cleansing clay that works as an a cleanser and a scrub.
By making the swap you’ll still glow and have baby-soft skin, and you’ll save the planet, too.
Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub: Dhs125. Available at Armada Spa, Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT; Nuxe Body Melting Body Scrub: Dhs250. Available at Boots, The Walk JBR; The Clean Dirt by May Lindstrom Skin: Dhs540. Available at www.maylindstrom.com.
Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap
This 60-minute detoxifying treatment uses Dead Sea salt to scrub. Dhs775. The Spa, The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).
Detox marine algae wrap
The scrub in this treatment uses nature-friendly, finely granulated bamboo husk. Dhs480. The Spa, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
This treatment involves a herbal compress and bamboo stick, the Saharan sand scrub is the real winner. Dhs295. Mandara Spa, The H Dubai (04 501 8270).