Are Your Products Polluting Our Water?

Yesterday, I read this tweet by @MarktheSpaman:

It was a very informative tweet he obtained from @CosmeticsDesign.  @CosmeticsDesign’s bio reads:  “  USA is a daily news service that provides news stories and data of value to decision-makers in Cosmetic Formulation & Packaging in the USA.  I recommend if you have a twitter, to follow both @MarktheSpaman and @CosmeticsDesign to receive insightful information about the skincare and beauty industry.

The article I read from Cosmetics Design’s website was an enlightening story about the damaging effects some skincare products can have on our aquatic systems.  The products in particular that they were discussing were products that contained plastic microbeads.

Picture from article "Skincare in the Ocean" by Bill Hickman.
Picture from article “Skincare in the Ocean” by Bill Hickman.

Microbeads are huge in the skincare industry.  I am a big fan of microbeads because they can really sluff off dead skin cells and create an even-toned look on the skin because of the mechanical manipulation they deliver on the skin. I would have to say the quality of products that I have been fortunate to use during my years as a licensed Aesthetician, I have come across skincare product’s that have plastic microbeads in them.

What is the difference between a plastic bead and a natural bead.  The plastic bead is synthetic and does not break-down naturally within earth’s waters, lakes, rivers, oceans, streams, creeks, seas and on various kinds of lands.  The plastic bead not being able to break down and disperse into earth’s natural elements is causing pollution to our land and most importantly, our water.

Paraphrasing what was in Cosmetics Design’s article:  Research has been done on these plastic microbeads and the effects it is causing to our aquatic system.  When we use these products with plastic microbeads, remember, non-biodegradable plastic beads, and rinse it off of our skin, these tiny microbeads filter into our aquatic system, our drinking water, sewer, any other kinds of water systems that the environmentalists are trying to preserve for our prolonged use, and is slowly destroying the aquatic system because these microbeads become tightly packed together and block its irrigation.

Image taken from "3 Companies Commit to Removing Plastic Beds from their Body Products", written by Margaret Badore.
Image taken from “3 Companies Commit to Removing Plastic Beds from their Body Products”, written by Margaret Badore.

In order to keep providing safe drinking water and to keep the aquatic system functioning, something has to be done to keep the filtering system’s free from blockage and furthering damaging our environment.  Well, something is being done, according to, “Representatives Fred Upton (R-Mich) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced federal legislation to ban plastic microbeads from personal care, taking a similar stand to legislations that have already been passed at a state level.  If passed, the federal bill would ban the sale or distribution of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads throughout the U.S., effective, January 1st, 2018.”

I am one of the biggest skincare product supporters, but there are a few things I will not support a product for, they are:  harming a consumer, unethically derived, and bad for the environment.  These plastic microbeads fit into one of my three categories, so these products that are formulated with these microbeads got to go.

Read the full article here:  New Research Points to a Total Ban on Microbeads as the Only Way Forward

Article written by, Simon Pitman.  Another great article to read is:  Skincare in the Ocean by Bill Hickman and 3 Companies Commit to Removing Plastic Beads from their Body Products written by Margaret Badore.