Credit to Theresa May’s government which is banning microbeads in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2017.  If you use a shower gel with microbeads, each shower could result in 100,000 microbeads entering the ocean.

These microbeads are found in many household items and toiletries in many households (chances are, even yours), which enters the food chain, and more than 280 species of marine life have been found to ingest these, some of which ends up on your dining table. Imagine eating these tiny plastic balls.

You can download an app and check if the products you use contain micro bead.  Go to the Beat The Microbead website to download the app here. Article from the BBC can be found here.


I don’t spend much time on my beauty regime, but one of the things I do religiously is exfoliate. I do this once a week. It keeps skin young, supple and fresh-looking by removing the dead top layer and allowing new skin cells to come through.

Unfortunately, many facial scrubs contain microbeads. I use Adore’s scrub for the tough skin of my elbows, knees and butt.  It’s gorgeous and infused with lovely oil, made from coarse sea salt, and sometimes, when I am travelling, I use it for my face too. (Note: it is not necessarily the best, with claims of synthetic oils being used despite the product’s organic label).

But whenever I am at home, I make my own with fine sand or sea salt. I just add a few drops of sweet almond oil or wheatgerm oil to the sand or salt, and then rub it on my face in a circular motion before washing it off with warm water.  If you have delicate skin, use wheatgerm instead. It is an emollient, meaning that it softens and hydrates your skin, though I don’t get the satisfaction that I do with Phuket sand. When I’m sitting on the beach, I often as my children or my partner to scrub my all over.

There! 48 and scrubbed up 🙂

Photo on 1-20-16 at 17.51

 Disclaimer: it is down to genes, lifestyle and nutrition too.