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11 beauty products that may be ruining the planet

Exfoliating scrub

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Exfoliating scrubs

To provide an abrasive effect, many face and body cleansing scrubs use tiny plastic beads, often listed on the ingredient list as polyethylene. These bits, which are less than 1 millimeter in diameter, wash down the drain and eventually flow into our oceans where they will never biodegrade. Choose scrubs containing sugar, apricot, nuts or other natural abrasives.