'Invisible' plastics in everyday cosmetics

Many health and beauty products used to contain tiny plastic particles called microbeads. Microbeads, a type of microplastic, are very tiny pieces of manufactured polyethylene plastic that are added as exfoliants to health and beauty products, such as some cleansers and toothpastes. These tiny particles pass through water filtration systems and end up in the ocean, posing a threat to aquatic life.
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Microbeads are just the tip of the iceberg. The cosmetics industry is riddled with plastics, and not only in packaging. The “glow” of bronzers, blushes and eye shadows often comes from plastic glitter, giving a shimmery affect to the wearer. Nail polish, like other paints, is made up of assorted plasticizers and resins like acrylic. Menstrual pads, tampons and wet-wipes, even flushable ones, are usually partly plastic. Floss is made up of synthetic materials such as Teflon.

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