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The Hidden Danger in Your Skincare: Microplastics to Avoid

We are celebrating "Plastic-free" July here. And what better way to educate everyone here on micro-plastic. Although, we have repeated over and over again in the blog diary about our mission. But it's worth mentioning that - our ultimate mission is to provide pure and simple personal care solutions for  healthy skin through minimalism and Ayurveda. 

 

Today, as a founder, I personally want to shed light on a pressing issue in the beauty industry: microplastics. These tiny particles of plastic, often found in personal care products, pose significant risks to both your health and the environment. Understanding what microplastics are, where they lurk, and how to avoid them can help you make more informed, sustainable choices for your skincare routine. Ultimately you will realized that why we called "Ayurveda" our best friend to deal with toxicity, green washing on personal care products. 

 

What Are Microplastics?

Microplastics are small plastic particles, typically less than 5 millimeters in size. They are often used in skincare products as exfoliants or fillers to create a smooth, creamy texture. Unfortunately, these seemingly harmless particles are anything but. They can penetrate the skin, causing potential health issues, and contribute to environmental pollution.

Common Microplastics in Skincare

Several types of microplastics are commonly used in skincare products. Here are some of the most prevalent ones to watch out for:

  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
  • Nylon

These ingredients are often found in exfoliating scrubs, cleansers, and even some makeup products. They are used to improve texture, provide a scrubbing effect, or enhance the product's overall appearance.

Popular Cleansers Containing Microplastics

It's alarming to discover that many popular cleansers on the market still contain microplastics. These microplastics, often listed as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), and nylon, are used for their exfoliating/cleansing properties and to enhance the product's texture.

Products that include these ingredients might seem effective at first glance, offering smooth skin and a clean feel. However, the environmental and health impacts of these microplastics are deeply concerning. Microplastics do not biodegrade and can cause significant harm to marine life when they enter our waterways. Additionally, they pose potential risks to human health by penetrating the skin and entering the bloodstream.

Switching to microplastic-free alternatives is a responsible choice for both your skin and the planet. By choosing products formulated with natural surfactant/exfoliants and safe ingredients, you can achieve beautiful skin without contributing to environmental pollution.

Why Are Microplastics Harmful?

Environmental Impact

Microplastics do not biodegrade, meaning they persist in the environment for hundreds of years. When washed down the drain, they enter our waterways and oceans, causing significant harm to marine life. Fish and other sea creatures ingest these tiny particles, which can lead to physical harm and chemical contamination throughout the food chain.

Health Concerns

While the full extent of the health impacts of microplastics is still being studied, there are several potential risks. Microplastics can penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, potentially leading to inflammation and other health issues. Additionally, they can carry harmful pollutants that may disrupt the endocrine system and contribute to various diseases.

Impact on Women of Color

Women of color are disproportionately affected by toxic ingredients in skincare products. Many mainstream beauty products, including those marketed towards women of color, contain higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals. Microplastics and other toxic ingredients can exacerbate skin conditions, cause long-term health issues, and contribute to the systemic inequalities in health care and access to safe, effective beauty products.

How to Identify Microplastics in Your Skincare Products

To avoid microplastics in your skincare routine, it's essential to become an informed label reader. Here are a few tips to help you identify and steer clear of these harmful ingredients:

  1. Read Ingredient Labels: Look for the common microplastics listed above. Ingredients like polyethylene and polypropylene are red flags.
  2. Be Wary of Exfoliants: Many exfoliating products contain microbeads made from microplastics. Opt for natural exfoliants like sugar, salt, or crushed seeds.
  3. Choose Eco-Friendly Brands: Support skincare brands that prioritize sustainability and transparency. Brands like Green-Beauty Co are committed to using non-toxic, eco-friendly ingredients.
  4. Research and Verify: Use resources like the Beat the Microbead app or websites to verify if a product contains microplastics.

Green-Beauty Co’s Commitment to Non-Toxic Beauty

At Green-Beauty Co, we are passionate about creating skincare products that are safe for you and the planet. Here’s how we ensure our products are free from harmful microplastics:

Handcrafted with Care

Each of our products is handcrafted in our Northern California studio, ensuring meticulous attention to detail. We use only the finest natural ingredients, rooted in Ayurvedic wisdom, to provide effective and safe skincare solutions.

Minimal Ingredients

We believe in the power of simplicity. Our products contain up to 10 ingredients, each chosen for its specific benefits. By keeping our formulations minimal, we reduce the risk of introducing harmful chemicals and microplastics.

Transparency and Integrity

Transparency is at the heart of everything we do. We provide full ingredient lists for all our products, allowing you to make informed choices about what you put on your skin. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity in our formulations.

Sustainable Practices

From ingredient sourcing to packaging, we prioritize sustainability. Our packaging is eco-friendly, and we continually seek ways to reduce our environmental footprint. By choosing Green-Beauty Co, you are supporting a brand that values and protects the environment.

Introducing Green-Beauty Co’s Purifying and Nourishing Oil Cleansers

In line with our commitment to clean beauty, we are proud to introduce our Purifying and Nourishing Oil Cleanser. This product is designed to provide a deep, thorough cleanse without the use of harmful microplastics. Here's what makes our oil cleanser special:

Key Ingredients

  • MCT Oil: Provides lightweight, non-greasy hydration and has antimicrobial properties.
  • Jojoba Oil: Balances and hydrates the skin, rich in vitamins E and B-complex.
  • Castor Oil: Penetrates deep into the skin, dissolving dirt and impurities, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ashwagandha Extract: Protects the skin from environmental stressors and enhances its resilience.
  • Cromollient SCE: A gentle, baby-proof emulsifier that ensures a smooth and easy rinse-off.

Benefits

  • Deep Cleansing: Removes makeup, impurities, and excess oil effectively.
  • Hydration: Maintains the skin's natural moisture balance.
  • Nourishment: Provides essential nutrients for healthy skin.
  • Anti-Aging: Rich in antioxidants to combat free radicals.
  • Soothing: Calms inflammation and reduces redness.

Vegan Ayurvedic Cleanser: Purifying Cleaning Oil (Pitta) Green-Beauty Co

How to Use

  1. Apply: Start with dry hands and a dry face. Pump a small amount of the oil cleanser into your hands.
  2. Massage: Gently massage the oil into your skin in circular motions, allowing it to dissolve makeup and impurities.
  3. Emulsify: Add a little warm water to your face to emulsify the oil. Continue massaging for a few more seconds.
  4. Rinse: Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  5. Follow Up: Follow with your favorite toner, serum, and moisturizer for optimal results.

Experience the transformative power of our Purifying and Nourishing Oil Cleanser and embrace a skincare ritual that promotes beauty from within. Shop now on our website to explore our range of handcrafted, Ayurvedic products. Join us in our mission to promote holistic beauty and protect our planet.

The presence of microplastics in skincare is a hidden danger that poses significant risks to both our health and the environment. By becoming more informed and choosing brands committed to clean, sustainable beauty, you can make a positive impact. At Green-Beauty Co, we are dedicated to providing you with non-toxic, Ayurvedic skincare solutions that you can trust. Together, we can create a future where beauty and sustainability go hand in hand.

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