Whether it’s mascara, foundation, or lipstick, vegan, cruelty-free makeup is trending. From beauty gurus to celebrities, more and more consumers are speaking out against the terrible practice of animal testing.
Of course, I never liked the idea of testing my favorite makeup on adorable little animals! But I wondered if there were other reasons why I should be vegan and cruelty-free with my makeup. So, I decided to do some research on this topic. This is what I discovered!
1. Animal testing is not necessary
Did you know that there are more than 7,000 cosmetic ingredients that have already been tested and proven to be safe? Technology has also created better ways to test cosmetic ingredients, including tissue cultures, computer models, and in vitro testing.
There is no reason for cosmetic companies to test on animals anymore. In fact, many countries around the world have banned animal testing, including New Zealand, South Korea, Israel, India, Switzerland, and the European Union.
Even the company that makes Botox is shying away from animal testing. With more and more affordable Botox costs, it is exciting to know that vegan and cruelty-free Botox will likely be available in the coming years.
Unfortunately, China still requires animal testing for cosmetics, which means that any brand that wants to tap into the Chinese market must test on animals. They make a decision to harm animals, which is not something I want to support.
2. Cruelty-free doesn’t mean more expensive
It turns out that just using your makeup that’s vegan and cruelty-free doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to cost more. Many of the brands are surprisingly affordable and cruelty-free. From anti-aging skin care to makeup, you can save money and save animals at the same time, without sacrificing the quality of your beauty products.
3. Cruelty-free vegan makeup is generally better for your skin
Products made with plant-based ingredients are usually free from nasty chemicals like artificial dyes, sulfates, and parabens. Cleaner makeup means fewer breakouts, less irritation and less risk of allergic reactions. Overall, I’ve noticed that companies that go to great lengths to produce vegan and cruelty-free makeup are stepping in to make sure their products are good for your skin, too.
4. Make-up is not only tested on mice
Unfortunately, mice are not the only creatures that have undergone the rigors of animal testing. Rabbits, guinea pigs, and sometimes dogs and cats are all exposed to painful experiences that involve chemicals we would never think to put on our beloved pets.
What I didn’t realize was that according to the law, lab animals are not protected from cruelty to animals. These poor animals are kept in small cages in laboratories where they are blinded, disfigured and eventually killed. These animals also feel pain and must be protected from cruelty and abuse.
5. You have the power to encourage positive change
If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering if you could do anything to make a difference. Well, turns out you can! By not buying cosmetics that have been tested on animals, you are sending a powerful message to companies that still use this barbaric practice. When enough of us take a stand, brands will have to change their practices or go out of business. It is simply a matter of putting your money where your heart is!
6. You will be more attentive to your purchases
When you switch to vegan, cruelty-free makeup, you’ll likely find that you’re more aware of your cosmetic purchases. A simpler approach also reduces waste, which is better for the planet. It’s also better for your wallet too!
If you’re worried that your favorite makeup isn’t cruelty-free or vegan, don’t worry! From small independent companies to major multinational beauty brands, there are thousands of companies that refuse to participate in animal testing. You are not limiting your choices, you are simply choosing better alternatives!
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