The 10 best exfoliating cleansers without microbeads

Microbeads are bad news, full stop.

If you don’t know what they are, they are tiny pieces of plastic that are added to A LOT of everyday cosmetic products. They are small enough to go down your plughole and easily pass water filtration systems, making them bad news for the environment.

They ultimately end up in the stomachs of marine life (and if you eat fish, in your stomach too).

But good news - the use of microbeads has already been banned in the United States and, as of September 2016, British MPs have promised a ban in the UK too.

While they’re still in products over here, why not get ahead of the game and use microbead free products starting RIGHT NOW.

Take a look at some of our favourites.

1 Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator


If you like the feeling of a proper scrub, use Liz Earle's Gentle Face Exfoliator, which contains fine jojoba beads to buff away dead skin cells. Jojoba is the 2017 equivalent of coconut oil and it is a multi-purpose oil that can be used on face, body AND hair.

2. Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser


This product works well as both an exfoliator and toning cleanser, coming in a shower-friendly easy-to-use squeezy bottle. It’s also gentle enough for daily use and the orange ingredients are highly effective and refreshing on oily skin.

3 Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Scrub


While being utterly affordable, the product is also both natural and nourishing. It also doesn’t have added fragrance so it’s a good bet for sensitive skin. The small, lightweight bottle is easy to use and also a great size for travel.

4. Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub


This super affordable product gets to work once it meets water. It gently fizzes and expands, allowing the product to move into your pores. It breaks up oil and dirt and removes it gently. The ingredients reduce shine, while leaving the skin bright and perfectly exfoliated.

5. Sukin Oil Balancing + Charcoal Pore Refining Facial Scrub


Sukin is a top selling Australian skin-care brand and this product is a great exfoliator for combination skin. Because of this, the product is gentle enough to use as a daily cleanser, while balancing the complexion and minimising oiliness. The dark charcoal also adds an enjoyable spa vibe without the cost.

6. Origins Never a Dull Moment Face Polisher


Instead of environmentally unfriendly microbeads, this product uses finely ground apricot seeds, mango seeds, and papaya extract to get rid of dead skin. While this makes it a much better combination, it also smells DIVINE.

7. Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream by Trilogy


Although this product is technically a cleanser, it gently takes off dead skin cells using naturally exfoliating fruit enzymes. As it’s a softer exfoliator, the best tip is to leave it on your face as a face mask for five minutes. It leaves the skin look immediately brighter.

8. Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub


The Frank scrubs are AWESOME with a natural mix of invigorating coffee and coconut. It's a little messy, but who cares? The blend of natural ingredients scrubs away dry, flaky skin, leaving you feeling soft and supple.

9. Palmer's Gentle Exfoliating Scrub


This scrub is super cheap but so good! It relies on crushed cocoa beans to the smooth skin's surface instead of those pesky microbeads.

10. BareMinerals Mix Exfoliate Smoothing Grains


Instead of a typical scrub, this product is a water-activated powder that helps unclog pores. It is a botanical cocktail of Chardonnay, Rose, Sweet Orange Peel and Black Rice grains, plus mineral-rich Sea Salts gently refine texture, encourage cell turnover and help renew skin’s vibrancy.


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