There is nothing better then gently washing yesterday's make-up off with face wash with tiny little "microbeads" doing all the tough scrubbing action. The fantastic fresh-faced feeling these "microbeads" bring, will be no more.

Illinois was the first to ban these little plastic balls of exfoliation fury. Why? Reason being is surprisingly obvious.

Enter Captain Hindsight. (Remember that guy from South Park?)

According to The Associated Press, it has been known for years that the world's oceans have tons of floating plastic everywhere. Scientists dragged the surface of the 5 Great Lakes with specially made nets and found the plastic "microbeads" everywhere.

They have been known to clog drains and now they have even been found inside fish that are caught for human consumption.

Now I have used shampoo that has these beads in them. They literally get stuck everywhere. I can't tell you how many times that I have washed my hair, hours later, after blow-drying, styling and driving with the windows down, I run my fingers through my hair and a pesky "microbead" is in my hair. SERIOUSLY!

Illinois has put out a call for a ban on "microbeads" which you can find in hundreds of toothpastes, shampoos, body wash, facewash etc. There was an assumption that they would get big backlash for this... but they are not.

Big companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Colgate, Unilever and L'Oreal are among the companies that are announcing plans to replace microbeads with more natural substances. Suitable replacements include ground-up fruit pits, oatmeal and sea salt.

To get even more of the scientific and political information on this, check out this great article.

My advice to you... ditch the "microbeads!"