Microbead Alternatives to Add to Your Beauty Arsenal

Caitlin S. Miller

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Now that microbeads are officially out of the beauty picture thanks to a recent bill banning the selling and distribution of products containing the tiny abrasives, we can rest easy knowing our favorite self care products will no longer be harming the environment. Although the new bill gives companies until July 2017 to stop using beads in their products and until 2018 to stop selling them, you can opt for microbead-free products right now. Go on, make the switch to natural scrubs and exfoliants. Your face and body—and the environment—will thank you.

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Shiffa Sweetness Body Polish ($84, shiffa.com)

This luxury skin care brand from Dubai boasts an exfoliating brown sugar scrub that’s just as sweet as it sounds. Coconut oil acts as a nourishing agent while frangipani oils—an exotic flower known for its aroma—eases and tones skin. Although the price tag might be a tad steep, this sugar scrub is all natural—ideal for sensitive or flaky skin—and brings a whole new meaning to bringing the spa home.

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bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment ($48, ulta.com)

For those who crave a little more strength when they scrub, this spa-quality treatment uses volcanic pumice particles to scrub away makeup and dirt as well as unclog pores. Designed to be used twice a week, this microdermabrasion formula aims to wash away all that your face wash missed the first time around.

Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub

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Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub ($68, tataharperskincare.com)

This all-over scrub redefines exfoliation. Yes, natural ingredients like pink Himalayan and Hawaiian sea salts, cranberry fibers, apricot seed powder, and organic sugar act as tiny polishing devices to remove dry skin, but it’s the argan oil that’s the real star. Seriously, how many scrubs do you know buff and hydrate in one use?

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June Jacobs Cooling Cucumber Cleanser ($44, junejacobs.com)

For those seeking a bit of a gentler clean, opting for a cleanser that’s completely abrasive-free is a great option. This cucumber blend from June Jacobs boasts anti-aging benefits thanks to white, red, and green tea extracts as well as goji berries, while cucumber extract acts as a natural astringent to unclog pores sans agitating skin with rough particles.


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Fresh Cocoa Exfoliating Body Soap ($17, sephora.com)

But in case you’re more of a traditionalist, Fresh’s Cocoa Body Soap might be your style. (We get it, you prefer something you can hold and lather.) This body bar contains natural cocoa and coconut shell powders to buff and exfoliate the body. But not only does the bar tout a natural exfoliation and sudsy lather, but it maintains a powerfully rich scent as well. Talk about a morning wake up call!

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H2O+ Black Sea Body Scrub ($22, ulta.com)

Unlike many natural exfoliants, this black sea scrub contains larger than normal volcanic black sand particles that work well to cleanse skin on the legs and arms. Combined with hydrating sea grass and black seaweed, this concoction is ultra nourishing to boot. Plus, the cologne-like scent gives an über luxe vibe to your everyday shower.

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