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Face wash sans microbeads that keeps your skin fresh all winter long

Microbeads are officially banned in 2016, but that doesn't mean your skin should suffer.

Though the microbeads themselves aren't necessarily bad for your skin, they're a nightmare for the environment, making then a major public health concern.

"As the microbeads wash down our drain, they end up polluting our waterways, soil and environment for decades," explained dermatologist Dr. Julie Russak. "Fish in our waterways end up ingesting the plastic particles, which poses a health risk to our health, as our fish contain toxic levels of chemicals."

So how can we save the fish and our complexion?

"A great replacement are products containing natural mineral exfoliator beads, such as SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub," said Dr. Russak. "The buffing granules are very gentle on the skin and effectively decongests pores."

Check out some of our favorite exfoliators and face washes, all microbead-free!

SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

As recommended by Dr. Russak, this scrub polishes
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As recommended by Dr. Russak, this scrub polishes and smooths skin with natural diatomaceous Earth microbeads, which are rich in minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium. Aloe barbadensis helps moisturize skin to prevent dryness after exfoliating. $30, skinceuticals.com

Alba Botanica® Good & Clean™ Toxin Release Scrub

This drugstore buy rivals any of its luxury
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This drugstore buy rivals any of its luxury competitors. Free of parabens, artificial colors and more harmful additives, this fruity-scented scrub lathers oil-free cleanser with ground walnut to clean out impurities, detoxify and refresh skin. $9 at Whole Foods, drugstores and AlbaBotanica.com

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap

Your next beach trip may be far off,
Photo Credit: Mario Badescu

Your next beach trip may be far off, but you can submerge your face in seaweed right in the sink! This non-foaming, easy-rinsing formula is gentle on all skin types and offers a great summer smell for daily cleansing. $24 at mariobadescu.com

June Jacobs Pure Purifying Facial Bath

Yes, even your face deserves a nice bath.
Photo Credit: June Jacobs

Yes, even your face deserves a nice bath. This silky paraben- and preservative-free purifying cleanser is the key to great skincare. Natural ingredients like tea tree oil absorb oil and antioxidants from teas help keep skin radiant. $44 at junejacobs.com

Restorsea Reviving Cleanser

Formulated with Japanese Songyi Mushroom Extract and a
Photo Credit: Restorsea

Formulated with Japanese Songyi Mushroom Extract and a patented Aquabeautine XL®, a natural enzyme released by baby salmon, these premium, unique ingredients are the key to soft skin. The gentle cleanser feels refreshing and exfoliates without any roughness. $65 at restorsea.com

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