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Microbead Free Exfoliators

Microbeads are tiny, solid plastic beads that are commonly used in cosmetics, typically face scrubs and exfoliators. They're used to effectively scrub away dirt, grime and dead skin but play a huge part in marine pollution. However, there's a boatload of natural, microbead free alternatives out there, meaning we can be done with microbeads once and for all.

You might also be interested in our beauty glossary page on plastic-free makeup.

See our microbead free guide to answer your questions like what does microbead free mean and what are the skin care benefits of microbead free beauty products.

Microbead Free Beauty Brands

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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick
£24.00
Medik8 Super C30
Medik8 Super C30
£47.20
-20%
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10
£66.40 £83.00
-20%
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6
£49.60 £62.00
-20%
Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Moisturiser SPF 50
Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Moisturiser SPF 50
£47.20 £59.00
-20%
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense
£45.60 £57.00
-20%
Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense Moisturiser
Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense Moisturiser
£31.20 £39.00
-20%
Medik8 C-Tetra Serum
Medik8 C-Tetra Serum
£29.60 £37.00
-20%
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20
£24.80 £31.00
-20%
Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub
Medik8 Pore Refining Scrub
£24.00 £30.00
-20%
Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil
Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil
£23.20 £29.00
-20%
bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Pressed Setting Powder
bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Pressed Setting Powder
£20.80 £26.00
-20%
Medik8 Micellar Mousse
Medik8 Micellar Mousse
£20.00 £25.00
-20%
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Glow Blusher
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Glow Blusher
£19.20 £24.00
-20%
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush
£19.20 £24.00
-15%
WE ARE PARADOXX Crushing It Scalp & Body Scrub
WE ARE PARADOXX Crushing It Scalp & Body Scrub
£25.50 £30.00
-20%
Medik8 Pore Cleanse Gel Intense
Medik8 Pore Cleanse Gel Intense
£17.60 £22.00
-20%
bareMinerals All Over Face Colour
bareMinerals All Over Face Colour
£17.60 £22.00
-20%
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
£16.00 £20.00
-20%
bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss-Balm
bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss-Balm
£16.00 £20.00
-20%
bareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer
bareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer
£16.00 £20.00
-20%
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
£16.00 £20.00
-20%
Medik8 Mutiny Lip Balm
Medik8 Mutiny Lip Balm
£15.20 £19.00
-18%
bareMinerals Eye-Essentials Trio
bareMinerals Eye-Essentials Trio
£16.50 £20.10
-20%
Medik8 Daily Refresh Balancing Toner
Medik8 Daily Refresh Balancing Toner
£12.80 £16.00
-20%
bareMinerals Shimmer Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Shimmer Eyeshadow
£12.00 £15.00
-15%
WE ARE PARADOXX Volume Shampoo
WE ARE PARADOXX Volume Shampoo
£15.30 £18.00
-19%
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
£5.39 £6.62
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
£19.20
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
£14.40
bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer
bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer
£24.50
Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser
Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser
£12.00
bareMinerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Day Cream SPF 30
bareMinerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Day Cream SPF 30
£30.00
bareMinerals Endless Glow Highlighter Zen
bareMinerals Endless Glow Highlighter Zen
£20.80
bareMinerals Poreless Oil Free Moisturiser
bareMinerals Poreless Oil Free Moisturiser
£23.20
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liner
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liner
£12.80
Medik8 Retinol 3TR Serum
Medik8 Retinol 3TR Serum
£24.00
Medik8 Clarifying Foam
Medik8 Clarifying Foam
£8.00
Medik8 Copper PCA Peptides
Medik8 Copper PCA Peptides
£49.60
bareMinerals Pureness Gel Cleanser
bareMinerals Pureness Gel Cleanser
£14.40
bareMinerals Dual-Sided Silicone Blender
bareMinerals Dual-Sided Silicone Blender
£9.60
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
£21.60
bareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Eye Treatment
bareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Eye Treatment
£21.60
bareMinerals SkinLongevity Long Life Herb Night Treatment
bareMinerals SkinLongevity Long Life Herb Night Treatment
£30.00
bareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Mascara
bareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Mascara
£18.40
Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptides Serum
Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptides Serum
£47.00
bareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Brow Gel
bareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Brow Gel
£14.40
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer
£19.20
bareMinerals Poreless Exfoliating Essence
bareMinerals Poreless Exfoliating Essence
£17.60
bareMinerals Brow Master Sculpting Pencil
bareMinerals Brow Master Sculpting Pencil
£14.40
bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser
bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser
£14.40
bareMinerals Performance Foundation Brush
bareMinerals Performance Foundation Brush
£20.00
bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
£14.40
bareMinerals Eyelash Domination Ink Liner
bareMinerals Eyelash Domination Ink Liner
£14.40
bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
£16.00
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
£41.60
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
£32.00
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Neck Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Neck Cream
£36.00
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
£41.60
bareMinerals Smoothness Hydrating Cleansing Oil
bareMinerals Smoothness Hydrating Cleansing Oil
£20.80
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation
£21.75
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss
£16.00
bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lip Colour
bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lip Colour
£16.00
bareMinerals Statement Lip Liner
bareMinerals Statement Lip Liner
£12.80
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defence Radiant Tint Protective Moisturiser SPF 30
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defence Radiant Tint Protective Moisturiser SPF 30
£28.00
bareMinerals Pureness Soothing Gel Moisturiser
bareMinerals Pureness Soothing Gel Moisturiser
£23.20
bareMinerals Butter Drench Intense Moisturising Day Cream
bareMinerals Butter Drench Intense Moisturising Day Cream
£23.20
bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Brush With Antibacterial Charcoal
bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Brush With Antibacterial Charcoal
£20.00
bareMinerals SkinLongevity Long Life Herb Serum
bareMinerals SkinLongevity Long Life Herb Serum
£30.00
bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
£12.80
bareMinerals Smoothness Bare Haven Soft Moisturiser
bareMinerals Smoothness Bare Haven Soft Moisturiser
£23.20
Milani Baked Blush
Milani Baked Blush
£10.79
Milani Baked Bronzer
Milani Baked Bronzer
£12.71
Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer
Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer
£13.96
Milani Rose Blush
Milani Rose Blush
£12.71
bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25
bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25
£20.00
bareMinerals Mineralist Lasting Eyeliner
bareMinerals Mineralist Lasting Eyeliner
£14.40
bareMinerals Mineralist Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Mineralist Eyeshadow Palette
£22.40
Medik8 C-Tetra Luxe
Medik8 C-Tetra Luxe
£47.20
Medik8 Reflection Set
Medik8 Reflection Set
£65.00
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Lip Mask
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Lip Mask
£20.00
Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse
Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse
£8.00
bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15
bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15
£23.20
bareMinerals Loose Powder Matte Foundation SPF 15
bareMinerals Loose Powder Matte Foundation SPF 15
£23.20
bareMinerals Loose Powder Blush
bareMinerals Loose Powder Blush
£17.60
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Microbead Free

Frequently Asked Questions about Microbead Free products

What does microbead free mean?

Microbead free means the product is free from the tiny plastic beads. Nine times out of 10, they'll be replaced with a natural alternative.

What are the skin care benefits of microbead free beauty products?

Though there aren't many skin care benefits of going microbead free, there's a range of environmental benefits. You'll be saving our oceans from plastic build-up and you'll be saving marine life from swallowing the plastics, in turn preventing these plastics from entering the food chain through fish and seafood.

Who should use microbead free beauty products?

Everyone should use microbead free products! In fact, as of January 2018, plastic microbeads are banned in the UK and can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products.

How will I know if a beauty product is microbead free or not?

Look out for the terms polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon in ingredients lists as they are the most common plastics used to make microbeads. However, you should no longer find these ingredients in cosmetics since the ban in January 2018.

How can I be sure to only buy microbead free beauty products?

You can easily check by clicking the 'ingredient preferences' tab and ticking 'microbead free' on Cosmetify. You can also be certain of microbead free products if you shop natural and organic brands.

Are microbeads harmful to humans?

Yes. Microbeads can easily absorb large quantities of toxins and pollutants and once microbeads are out in the ocean, it's really easy for fish to ingest them. Then, we eat the fish, and there you have it, you've probably just eaten toxin-fuelled microplastics.

What are some microbead free alternatives?

Great alternatives include fruit seeds, such as raspberry, nut and plants seeds like jojoba and poppy, as well as coffee and sugar. Believe it or not, you can also use dairy products like milk and yoghurt as they both contain glycolic and lactic acids, which are great for cleansing away dead skin cells.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle, Beauty Writer

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