In case you aren't caught up on your beauty news, New York state may be well on its way to completely outlawing microbeads . Microbeads are those teeny tiny nubs found in your exfoliants to help slough off dead skin. Although plenty of dermatologists shun microbeads because they're abrasive and can tear skin, they tend to pop up in a lot of formulas — especially ones that don't cost as much (sorry, penny pinchers). Not only are microbeads bad for your skin, but they are typically made of plastic that wind up in lakes and oceans once you rinse them off your face. This is a huge problem when you consider the fact that fish may eat them, and then you may eat that fish. Bad situation.
So, whether your favorite exfoliant may be losing its microbeads or you're looking to go green with your skin care regimen, we're here to help. We've rounded up our favorite scrubs that use natural ingredients, like salt, sugar, fruit acids, and crushed walnut pieces (nut allergies beware), to revive your skin. And if you aren't sure whether your scrub contains microbeads, check the ingredients for "polyethylene." If it's in there, that means the beads are, too. The more you know . . .
Origins Never a Dull Moment Face Polisher
Instead of environmentally unfriendly microbeads, Origins Never a Dull Moment Face Polisher  ($27) uses finely ground apricot seeds, mango seeds, and papaya extract to slough off dead skin.
Palmer's Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
This old standby scrub  ($9) from Palmer's relies on crushed cocoa beans to the smooth skin's surface.
Alba Natural AcneDote Scrub
Here's your one-stop shop scrub: Alba Natural AcneDote Face and Body Scrub  ($7) is formulated for both your face and your bod. Plus, it contains salicylic acid and ground walnut shells to tackle dirt and oil.
BareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser
Instead of a typical scrub, BareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser  ($26) is a water-activated powder that helps unclog pores.
Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
If your skin has been totally ravaged by those mean microbeads, try Caudalie's Gentle Buffing Cream  ($35). The cream-based formula will offer salvation.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate
The fruit enzymes in Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate  ($85) provide a chemical exfoliation instead of a physical one.
Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant
Using cucumber, rose hip, and jojoba seeds, Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant  ($42) not only resurfaces skin but also works to soothe and hydrate it.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Face Scrub
L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Scrub  ($34) uses chestnut extract and ground nutshells to remove dead skin cells while relying on shea butter to nourish. The creamy concoction is perfect for Winter.
Mario Badescu Almond and Honey Scrub
Ground almonds and cornmeal are the exfoliants in Mario Badescu Almond and Honey Face Scrub  ($15). And no, you can't eat this for breakfast.
Veria ID Clear the Surface Exfoliant
Calling all vegans! Walnut shell powder, papaya, and pineapple extracts make Veria ID Clear the Surface Gentle Exfoliant  ($19) an organic exfoliant.
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Tata Harper is known for her all-natural ingredients, so we weren't surprised that her Regenerating Cleanser  ($75) is made with apricot seed powder and willow bark extracts.
Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub
Not only is Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub  ($10) chock-full of Vitamin C, it uses fruit extracts to get rid of dead skin buildup.
Nuance Age Affirm Glycolic Cream Cleanser
Sure, Salma Hayek 's Nuance Age Affirm Glycolic Cream Cleanser  ($14) technically has microbeads, but they're safe, approved, and made from plant sugars.