Everything You Should Know About Microbeads


On December 28th, 2015, President Obama signed the “Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015” and beginning in mid 2017, plastic microbeads found in health and beauty products will be banned from the United States. This new law will change the beauty industry for the better and will force companies to revamp their products to completely phase out plastic microbeads. This ban will be beneficial to not only the environment and waterways, but to everyone in the long run!

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are extremely tiny and most are made up of intentionally-added plastic particles that can be found in many skincare and personal care products as exfoliating agents. They are usually made of polyethylene, which can be found in plastic bags, bottles, etc. This means they are not easily broken down or dissolved.

Why are plastic microbeads a problem?

While they are gentle and effective for the skin, they are extremely problematic to the environment. Since they are mainly found in products such as toothpaste, shower gels, and other products that are washed down the drain, they quickly and easily make their way into the ocean. Microbeads are designed to last for years without breaking down, and because they are so tiny, it’s near impossible to remove them from the ocean once they are there. They are then mistakenly consumed as food by fish and plankton, which build up in their digestive system and cause blockages. The larger sea creatures then consume them, and the plastic works its way up the food chain and continues to negatively impact marine organisms, including humans that eat seafood. According to a study done in 2015, 808 billion beads are washed down drains daily.

How is TULA’s Face Mask different?

At TULA, we recognized the problems plastic microbeads pose and are proud to have developed an effective alternative: biodegradable plant based microencapsulated beads to help wash away dead skin cells. You can find these in our Exfoliating Treatment Mask, which provides chemical and physical exfoliation. These beads are made up of soybean oil, volcanic sand, and Vitamin E – all biodegradable and safe to be washed down the drain! The mask also contains Lactic Acid and Bentonite Clay to help peel away dirt.

Effective and ocean friendly? Mother Earth would be proud.

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