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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.

Brands With Microbead Free Products

  • bareMinerals
  • Aesop
  • The Natural Deodorant Co
  • Sol de Janeiro
  • Balance Me
  • Lierac
  • Medik8
  • Milani

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Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush
Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush
$9.99
-49%
bareMinerals Dual-Sided Silicone Blender
bareMinerals Dual-Sided Silicone Blender
$7.68 $15.00
Milani Conceal + Perfect Smooth Finish Cream To Powder Foundation
Milani Conceal + Perfect Smooth Finish Cream To Powder Foundation
$10.85
-25%
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer
$25.00 $33.20
Milani Cheek Kiss Blush
Milani Cheek Kiss Blush
$6.75
-22%
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
$51.00 $65.00
-45%
Milani Baked Blush
Milani Baked Blush
$6.69 $12.00
-20%
bareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam
bareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam
$19.30 $24.05
Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer
Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer
$9.45
bareMinerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Day Cream SPF 30
bareMinerals Skin Longevity Vital Power Day Cream SPF 30
$46.00
-2%
Milani Precision Brow Pencil
Milani Precision Brow Pencil
$8.99 $9.10
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20
bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20
$35.00
-45%
Milani Rose Blush
Milani Rose Blush
$6.90 $12.50
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
bareMinerals Barepro 16 Hour Concealer Cream
$24.00
-36%
Milani Make It Last Setting Powder Translucent
Milani Make It Last Setting Powder Translucent
$10.99 $17.00
-41%
bareMinerals Brow Master Sculpting Pencil
bareMinerals Brow Master Sculpting Pencil
$13.06 $22.00
Milani Baked Highlighter
Milani Baked Highlighter
$16.50
-35%
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
$20.71 $31.50
-25%
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
Lierac Lumilogie Day & Night Double Concentrate Serum
$33.00 $43.80
-31%
bareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Mascara
bareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Mascara
$22.00 $31.80
-30%
bareMinerals Poreless Exfoliating Essence
bareMinerals Poreless Exfoliating Essence
$18.35 $26.00
-28%
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Glow Blusher
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Glow Blusher
$24.00 $33.20
-26%
bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
bareMinerals Shade & Diffuse Eye Brush
$17.95 $24.00
-23%
bareMinerals Pureness Soothing Gel Moisturizer
bareMinerals Pureness Soothing Gel Moisturizer
$28.56 $37.00
-22%
bareMinerals Poreless Oil Free Moisturizer
bareMinerals Poreless Oil Free Moisturizer
$27.53 $35.00
-21%
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
$22.00 $27.60
-19%
bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
bareMinerals Double Ended Perfect Fill Lip Brush
$16.32 $20.00
-17%
bareMinerals Butter Drench Intense Moisturizing Day Cream
bareMinerals Butter Drench Intense Moisturizing Day Cream
$36.71 $44.00
-13%
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Tint Protective Moisturizer SPF 30
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Tint Protective Moisturizer SPF 30
$35.69 $41.00
-9%
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
$42.23 $46.00
-7%
bareMinerals Lashtopia Volumizing Mascara
bareMinerals Lashtopia Volumizing Mascara
$23.00 $24.50
-7%
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
$58.00 $62.00
-4%
bareMinerals Precision Face Brush
bareMinerals Precision Face Brush
$30.00 $31.00
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash
$15.40
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
$20.00
bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Brush With Antibacterial Charcoal
bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Brush With Antibacterial Charcoal
$29.50
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick
$10.20
bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss-Balm
bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss-Balm
$20.00
bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation Core Coverage Brush
bareMinerals BAREPRO Foundation Core Coverage Brush
$32.00
bareMinerals Eyelash Domination Volumizing Mascara
bareMinerals Eyelash Domination Volumizing Mascara
$20.00
bareMinerals Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance
bareMinerals Combo Control Milky Face Primer Balance
$27.00
bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer Hydrate
bareMinerals Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer Hydrate
$27.00
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lip Color
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lip Color
$20.00
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick
$33.00
bareMinerals Original Powder Foundation Brush
bareMinerals Original Powder Foundation Brush
$34.00
bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser
bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser
$24.90
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
$20.00
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush
$29.00
bareMinerals Pureness Gel Cleanser
bareMinerals Pureness Gel Cleanser
$24.90
bareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Eye Treatment
bareMinerals Skinlongevity Long Life Herb Eye Treatment
$37.30
-53%
bareMinerals Diffused Highlighter Brush
bareMinerals Diffused Highlighter Brush
$12.08 $25.50
-40%
So Eco The Ultimate Brush Collection
So Eco The Ultimate Brush Collection
$24.85 $41.40
-39%
Milani Skin Quench Hydrating & Blurring Primer
Milani Skin Quench Hydrating & Blurring Primer
$10.99 $18.00
-39%
Milani Bright Side Brightening & Illuminating Primer
Milani Bright Side Brightening & Illuminating Primer
$10.99 $18.00
-30%
Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder
Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder
$10.99 $15.50
-26%
bareMinerals Blooming Blush Brush
bareMinerals Blooming Blush Brush
$20.00 $27.00
-22%
Milani The Waterproof One Mascara
Milani The Waterproof One Mascara
$10.99 $14.00
-22%
Lierac Rosilogie Day & Night Anti-Redness Double Concentrate
Lierac Rosilogie Day & Night Anti-Redness Double Concentrate
$27.00 $34.50
-20%
bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush
bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush
$22.85 $28.50
-19%
Lierac Dioptifatigue Energizing Anti-Fatigue Correction Balm Gel
Lierac Dioptifatigue Energizing Anti-Fatigue Correction Balm Gel
$15.00 $18.50
-13%
Milani Chill Out Soothing Primer
Milani Chill Out Soothing Primer
$10.99 $12.60
-11%
Lierac Sunissime SOS Repairing Serum: Anti-Aging Aftersun For Face & Neck
Lierac Sunissime SOS Repairing Serum: Anti-aging Aftersun For Face & Neck
$24.00 $26.95
Lierac Body Hydra+ Micropeeling Scrub
Lierac Body Hydra+ Micropeeling Scrub
$18.00
Lierac Lift Integral Serum
Lierac Lift Integral Serum
$43.00
Lierac Supra Radiance Radiance Eye Serum
Lierac Supra Radiance Radiance Eye Serum
$29.00
Milani Screen Queen Foundation
Milani Screen Queen Foundation
$11.55
Aesop Quench: Classic Skin Care Kit
Aesop Quench: Classic Skin Care Kit
$115.00
bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush
bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush
$31.00
Milani Conceal + Perfect Shine-Proof Powder
Milani Conceal + Perfect Shine-Proof Powder
$10.99
Lierac Hydragenist Baume Levres Nutri-Repulpant Effet Gloss
Lierac Hydragenist Baume Levres Nutri-Repulpant Effet Gloss
$14.00
Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Moisturizer SPF 50
Medik8 Advanced Day Ultimate Protect Moisturizer SPF 50
$81.50
-21%
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20
$34.00 $42.80
Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser
Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser
$24.00
-39%
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation
$24.75 $40.10
bareMinerals Endless Summer Bronzer
bareMinerals Endless Summer Bronzer
$29.00
bareMinerals Mineralist Lasting Eyeliner
bareMinerals Mineralist Lasting Eyeliner
$19.00
Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint
Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint
$17.00
-27%
bareMinerals Eyelash Domination Ink Liner
bareMinerals Eyelash Domination Ink Liner
$15.50 $21.00
-27%
bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer
bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer
$27.00 $36.60
-24%
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liner
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liner
$17.00 $22.10
-15%
Sol de Janeiro My Sol Stick SPF 50
Sol de Janeiro My Sol Stick SPF 50
$24.70 $29.00
-6%
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss
$18.00 $19.00
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Lemon + Geranium
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Lemon + Geranium
$13.50
Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser
Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser
$18.00
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Orange + Bergamot
The Natural Deodorant Co Clean Deodorant Balm Orange + Bergamot
$13.50
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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