These Natural Exfoliators Are Good for You and the Planet

Updated 03/05/18
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Remember those little plastic beads that were in so many of your favorite skincare products once upon a time? There's a reason you haven't seen them around in a while: In the wake of scientific studies showing us just how harmful microbeads are to the environment, President Barack Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act in December 2015, which prohibits the inclusion of plastic microbeads in soaps, body washes, and toothpastes. Luckily there are still plenty of scrubs out there that give you the same benefits as your old standbys, only without causing pollution or otherwise harming the planet we call home. Scroll down to see the natural exfoliators we love.

The Clean Dirt Cleansing Clay
May Lindstrom Skin The Clean Dirt Cleansing Clay $70
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This exfoliating treatment really refines the skin. Made with clay, spices, and salts, this vitamin C–rich scrub lifts away impurities, leaving skin smooth and radiant.

Tata Harper Regnerating Cleanser $78
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This pick aims to clear blocked pores and brighten up dull skin. We love that it's free of soaps, alcohols, and detergents—fresh enzymes, clays, apricot seed powder, and essential oils more than do the trick.

Herbivore Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask $22
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The hero ingredient in this mask is French pink clay, which draws out impurities without drying or irritating your skin. It's also completely vegan. 

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub $6
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This scrub fights acne with its natural salicylic acid, while jojoba beads and a natural fruit complex provide that exfoliation you're after.

Acure Radically Rejuvenating Facial Scrub $13
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Made with Moroccan red clay to draw out dirt and jojoba beads to exfoliate dead skin, this scrub aims to deliver a clearer, brighter complexion. As an added bonus, it contains rose oil to relax stressed skin. 

Derma-E Microdermabrasion Scrub With Dead Sea Salt $30
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This scrub uses sea salt and volcanic sand to slough off dead skin cells, revealing smooth, bright skin underneath. 

Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque
One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque $39
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This editor favorite is really a two-in-one product. To use it as a scrub, simply add water. To use it as a mask, just add yogurt and honey. Kaolin clay draws out impurities found inside your pores, and organic pineapple extract exfoliates without harsh scrubbing.

Exfoliation sans environmental destruction? Sounds like a win-win to us.

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