If you like the feeling of gently exfoliating your face, then chances are you've used products with microbeads.

Big companies like Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson have been replacing harsh ingredients like pumice with these little plastic beads for a while now.

And though your skin may like them, the Earth does not.

We now know that these tiny beads are too small to be sifted out of water filtration plants, and that means these tiny spherical cleansers are ending up in lakes and oceans.

Nobody knows how much damage these little things could eventually do, but there are already several states calling for a ban on face washes that contain them. (Time)

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