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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.

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Shiseido WASO Soft & Cushy Polisher
Shiseido WASO Soft & Cushy Polisher
£25.95 £26.00
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash
£26.00
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash
£26.00
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
£21.00
Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliating Paste
Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliating Paste
£37.00
Aesop Mouthwash
Aesop Mouthwash
£17.00
Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser
Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser
£23.00
Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream
Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream
£37.00
Aesop Tacit Eau De Parfum
Aesop Tacit Eau De Parfum
£85.00
Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser
Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser
£22.00
Versed Baby Cheeks All In One Hydrating Milk
Versed Baby Cheeks All In One Hydrating Milk
£16.50
Versed Stroke Of Brilliance Brightening Serum
Versed Stroke Of Brilliance Brightening Serum
£18.00
Versed Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream
Versed Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream
£16.50
Versed Dew Point Moisturising Gel-Cream
Versed Dew Point Moisturising Gel-Cream
£13.50
Aesop Classic Shampoo
Aesop Classic Shampoo
£11.00
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Lierac Premium Day & Night Voluptuous Cream
Lierac Premium Day & Night Voluptuous Cream
£53.95 £75.00
-42%
Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel
Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel
£29.00 £49.46
-35%
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
£34.20 £52.00
-57%
bareMinerals Mineral Veil
bareMinerals Mineral Veil
£10.99 £25.00
-30%
Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF 50
Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF 50
£30.00 £42.31
-69%
bareMinerals Moxie Plumping Lip Gloss
bareMinerals Moxie Plumping Lip Gloss
£5.73 £18.00
-38%
bareMinerals Illuminating Mineral Veil
bareMinerals Illuminating Mineral Veil
£19.95 £32.00
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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30
£18.00 £30.00
-39%
bareMinerals Deluxe Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30
bareMinerals Deluxe Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30
£18.45 £30.00
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bareMinerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 15
bareMinerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 15
£17.88 £29.00
-36%
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20
£19.95 £31.00
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bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
£41.60 £52.00
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bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
£41.60 £52.00
-19%
Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment
Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment
£45.00 £55.00
-34%
bareMinerals Primer, Finishing Powder & Lip Lacquer Gift Set
bareMinerals Primer, Finishing Powder & Lip Lacquer Gift Set
£19.33 £29.00
-33%
bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation
bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation
£19.43 £29.00
-32%
bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation
bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation
£19.95 £29.00
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bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Neck Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Neck Cream
£36.00 £45.00
-38%
Lierac Double Cleanser Cream In Foam
Lierac Double Cleanser Cream In Foam
£13.65 £22.00
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bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
£11.80 £20.00
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bareMinerals Performance Foundation Brush
bareMinerals Performance Foundation Brush
£16.90 £25.00
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bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
£32.00 £40.00
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bareMinerals GEN NUDE High Shine Liquid Lipstick
bareMinerals GEN NUDE High Shine Liquid Lipstick
£12.72 £20.00
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bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss
£13.00 £20.00
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bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer Hydrate
bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer Hydrate
£19.85 £26.50
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bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer
bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer
£19.95 £26.50
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Bulldog Sensitive Face Wash
Bulldog Sensitive Face Wash
£4.75 £10.86
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bareMinerals Bronze Powder Bronzer
bareMinerals Bronze Powder Bronzer
£16.00 £22.00
-47%
Aesop Resurrection Rinse Free Hand Wash
Aesop Resurrection Rinse Free Hand Wash
£7.00 £12.99
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bareMinerals Ageless Genius Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Serum
bareMinerals Ageless Genius Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Serum
£44.20 £50.00
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Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm
Bulldog Original Aftershave Balm
£5.49 £10.98
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bareMinerals Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance
bareMinerals Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance
£21.20 £26.50
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bareMinerals Statement Over Under Liner
bareMinerals Statement Over Under Liner
£10.90 £16.00
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bareMinerals Precision Face Brush
bareMinerals Precision Face Brush
£20.00 £25.00
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Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm
Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm
£15.00 £20.00
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Gallinée Prebiotic Cleansing Bar
Gallinée Prebiotic Cleansing Bar
£5.00 £10.00
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bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation Core Coverage Brush
bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation Core Coverage Brush
£20.00 £25.00
-15%
bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo
bareMinerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo
£24.65 £29.00
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Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
£12.00 £16.00
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Lierac Premium Eye Cream
Lierac Premium Eye Cream
£29.95 £33.95
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bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
£16.00 £20.00
-15%
bareMinerals Expert Eyeshadow & Liner Brush
bareMinerals Expert Eyeshadow & Liner Brush
£21.25 £25.00
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bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
£14.40 £18.00
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Westlab Epsom Salt
Westlab Epsom Salt
£2.50 £5.99
-15%
bareMinerals BAREPRO Glow Highlighter
bareMinerals BAREPRO Glow Highlighter
£19.55 £23.00
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Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser
Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser
£8.63 £12.00
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DHC Facial Scrub
DHC Facial Scrub
£12.80 £16.00
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Sanctuary Spa Classic Body Lotion
Sanctuary Spa Classic Body Lotion
£5.20 £8.00
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bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
£14.50 £16.95
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Gallinée Probiotic Hand Cream
Gallinée Probiotic Hand Cream
£9.60 £12.00
-38%
Bulldog Oil Control Moisturiser
Bulldog Oil Control Moisturiser
£4.00 £6.39
-16%
Milani Baked Bronzer
Milani Baked Bronzer
£10.95 £13.00
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Bulldog Original Body Lotion
Bulldog Original Body Lotion
£3.00 £5.00
-34%
Bulldog Oil Control Face Mask
Bulldog Oil Control Face Mask
£4.00 £6.00
-40%
Bulldog Oil Control Face Wash
Bulldog Oil Control Face Wash
£3.00 £4.99
-26%
Gallinée Prebiotic Face Mask & Scrub
Gallinée Prebiotic Face Mask & Scrub
£5.60 £7.50
-8%
bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil
bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil
£22.10 £24.00
-18%
Bulldog Age Defence Moisturiser
Bulldog Age Defence Moisturiser
£8.50 £10.32
-10%
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
£16.20 £18.00
-30%
Yes To Tomatoes 2 Step Nose Kit
Yes To Tomatoes 2 Step Nose Kit
£3.50 £4.99
-25%
Bulldog Original Beard Oil
Bulldog Original Beard Oil
£4.13 £5.50
-35%
Bulldog Original Shave Gel
Bulldog Original Shave Gel
£2.63 £3.99
-25%
Bulldog Original Hand Cream
Bulldog Original Hand Cream
£3.75 £5.00
-10%
Milani Baked Blush
Milani Baked Blush
£9.95 £11.00
-9%
Milani Rose Blush
Milani Rose Blush
£11.95 £13.00
-15%
Bulldog Sensitive Moisturiser
Bulldog Sensitive Moisturiser
£5.99 £6.99
-11%
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
£5.39 £6.05
-9%
Bulldog Original Moisturiser
Bulldog Original Moisturiser
£6.39 £6.99
-5%
The Natural Deodorant Co Gentle Deodorant Cream Lavender
The Natural Deodorant Co Gentle Deodorant Cream Lavender
£11.95 £12.50
-5%
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Orange + Bergamot
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Orange + Bergamot
£11.95 £12.50
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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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