10 Great Exfoliants That Don't Contain Microbeads

If you haven't heard, President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 last week. It bans the use of "intentionally added plastic microbeads" in personal-care products. (You can read up on what that means for you here.) The new law is one small step for the environment and one giant leap for the beauty industry.

But there is one minor pitfall to the new legislation: While yes, brands are starting the phase-out process now, they aren't required to stop using breads in their products until July 2017 and don't have to stop selling products with the plastic bits in them until 2018. That's a long ways from now.

So what to do if you need to slough off dead skin but don't want to hurt the fish? Fear not: There are plenty of safe exfoliants on the market (some of which are listed here) for you to get your scrub on with. Ahead, we round up 10 effective alternatives that won't pollute your lakes, rivers, oceans, fish, or bodies in the process. Click through to check them out.
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Burt's Bees pore-clearing scrub includes willow bark, which helps to remove dirt and excess oil, while peach stone gently polishes your visage.

Burt's Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub, $8, available at Burt's Bees.
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A personal fave, Frank Body's coffee scrub will give your skin an instant jolt of energy with peppermint and keeps you smooth all over with a mix of coffee grounds and olive oil. Pro tip: The strong coffee aroma is a great energizing aroma, so use this in the a.m. to go from zombie to functional human being.

Frank Body Peppermint Body Scrub, $16.95, available at Frank Body.
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This polish works double duty: making dead skin cells disappear while also hydrating and nourishing your bod in the process.

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, $38, available at Sephora.
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"Sorry, no plastic microbead technology inside. Oops," is what the packaging on S.W. Basics' Exfoliate cheekily reads. Instead, it's opted for three ingredients — and three ingredients only: organic oat and almond flour, and sea salt.

S.W. Basics Exfoliant, $24.49, available at Target.
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Made with real, true-to-life pieces of pineapple and papaya fruit as well as finely ground apricot seed powder, using this will be like a brief, but pleasurable, tropical vacation for your face.

Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, $28, available at Kiehl's.
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Sweet tooths take note: This exfoliating, foaming cleanser uses raw sugar — rich in skin-buffing alpha-hydroxy acids — to wash and exfoliate your face.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, $32.95, available at Suki.
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Say yes to this grapefruit extract scrub that's gentle enough to use every day.

Yes To Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub, $9.99, available at Ulta.
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Lush made the move to remove micro plastics from their products last summer (and even started a national social media campaign to #BantheBead). The result? Natural products like this sea salt, straight from the ocean.

Lush Ocean Salt Face And Body Scrub, $21.95, available at Lush.
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Fresh's natural and gentle soy face exfoliant uses jojoba, rose hip, and cucumber seeds to help refine your complexion.

Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant, $49, available at Sephora.
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With the help of mango butter and green coffee bean extracts, your hands and body will be left baby soft.

SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub, $9.99, available at Target.
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