LifestyleStyle Face wash sans microbeads that keeps your skin fresh all winter long By Melissa Kravitz email@example.com Updated January 18, 2016 6:06 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 Photo Credit: Skinceuticals 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 Photo Credit: Alba Botanica 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 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 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 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 By Melissa Kravitz firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Summer makeup that won't melt your face off Forget raccoon eyes and get some good, lasting makeup this summer. For $90 you can learn to do your own makeup at MAC StudioIt's all about the selfies. Kylie Jenner to release top-secret beauty tips on KylieJenner.comTemporary lip fillers are just the beginning. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.