Many are making the switch to vegan makeup. But what does this mean? And why?
Back in 2015, Vogue published an article on vegan makeup. The first paragraphs reads:
Our skin absorbs up to 60% of the products we apply to it – it’s a scary thought if those products are synthetic, processed and full of preservatives, chemicals and toxins. If you’re going to clean up your diet for the same reasons, why not make your beauty cabinet healthier too?
What does it mean when a product is "vegan"? By definition, vegan makeup is a product that does not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients. For example, this means that the product is free of thing such as: honey, beeswax, collagen, gelatin, cholesterol, and other various things. Normally, regular products will use animal byproducts and various chemicals in their formulas. This isn't true for vegan makeup. Because of this, vegan makeup is said to be more gentler and safer than regular products, leaving out not only animal byproducts, but harmful chemicals, metals, and other harmful substances.
Vegan formulas are sometimes given a hard time – are they as effective as non-vegan products? Are they more expensive? Do they have as long a shelf life?
The truth is, without animal ingredients, vegan products are actually better for your skin, especially if you’re someone with sensitive or condition-prone skin. Animal ingredients can be harsh and clog pores, so vegan products are a soothing alternative.
1. Lower the demand of products produced through animal testing
The only way to stop animal cruelty and slaughter is to stop buying the products that contribute to the problem. Using makeup that's composed of animal by-products will drive demand which in turn will prompt the slaughter and cruel treatment of more animals. Using vegan cosmetics will allow you to lower this demand.
2. Vegan cosmetics don't contain dead animal by-products
You might be shocked by some of the ingredients in the makeup you buy at the store. You may be putting dead insect extracts, uric acid extracted from cows and other like substances on your face and never know it. Switching to vegan makeup will ensure you don't inadvertently coat your face with dead animal by-products!
3. Vegan cosmetics are 100% cruelty free
Vegans have taken on the mission of stopping animal cruelty. One part of this mission is to prevent animal experimentation by not purchasing products derived from animal testing labs. Using vegan beauty products are 100% cruelty-free because animals aren't harmed during the creation of the product.
4. Vegan cosmetics are better for sensitive skin
Vegan cosmetics have proven to be better for those who have sensitive skin because they're composed of fewer ingredients than some non-vegan cosmetics. The addition of additional ingredients can increase your chances of developing a rash, acne, dry skin and so on. While it's not impossible for someone who has sensitive skin to have an adverse reaction to vegan makeup the chances of that same person having an adverse reaction to certain types of non-vegan makeup is much higher.
5. Vegan makeup is better for the planet
Not only will you be saving animals by using vegan makeup, but you'll also be saving the planet. Vegan companies often use recycled products for their packaging meaning that products that would normally clog landfills are instead used to create the packaging of their cosmetics. Overflowing landfills have become a major issue in certain parts of the world. Every bit of recycling helps!
6. Vegan cosmetics are made of natural ingredients
The vast majority of vegan cosmetics are composed of natural ingredients and are rich in vitamins meaning your chances of unknowingly applying unnatural ingredients to your face is slim to none. Each of the aforementioned ingredients will do wonders for your skin in various ways. Furthermore, you won't find any harmful chemicals that will damage and dry out your face after prolonged use. Vegan companies understand how important it is to use all natural ingredients when it comes to cosmetics.
7. Vegan cosmetics have anti-aging products
It would be ridiculous to say you would look ten years younger, but vegan cosmetics tend to hydrate the skin, reducing acne and other skin conditions which in turn may give you a more youthful appearance. Vegan cosmetics have even been known to improve uneven skin tones and also reduce the bags under your eyes. With so many plant-based ingredients contained within most vegan cosmetics, it's no wonder that it has so many beneficial effects for your skin.
8. Vegan makeup is often higher-quality
As we now know vegan cosmetics are composed of all-natural ingredients that are good for the skin. Frankly, vegan cosmetics tend to last longer and applies to the skin more smoothly than many of its non-vegan counterparts.
9. Vegan products give peace of mind
Often times we have no clue what's inside of the cosmetics we're using. Even if you read the label on the back of the product, such as eyeshadow or lipstick, you may run into a long list of ingredient names that don't make much sense such as phthalates and sodium laureth sulfate. Both of these chemicals are known to cause health issues such as cancer and skin irritation. With vegan products, you know exactly what you're putting on your skin every time.
10. There are options for all budgets
Vegan makeup runs the entire spectrum of price ranges from cheap to expensive. That means vegan makeup should fit comfortably into almost every budget. Simply put, if you're a vegan and you're holding yourself back due to finances you can rest assured you should be able to find an affordable option.
You don't have to be a vegan to understand that vegan cosmetics have a medley of benefits. Not only will you be putting a stop to animal testing by not purchasing products derived from animal testing labs, but you'll also hydrate your skin, look more vibrant and young, and go about your day knowing you're contributing to a noble cause.
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