After all these years of building up my beauty routine, you want me to switch to Cruelty Free?
Like many others I am a huge beauty advocate and absolutely love all things skin care, make up and hair. When I switched over to a vegan diet, I didn’t even consider switching all my beauty products to cruelty free initially. Once I did have a think about it, these selfish points came to my head:
- All those amazing eye shadow palettes, do I have to bin them?
- All my mac lipsticks that I’ve had for YEARS, do I get rid of them?
- My favourite foundation that I’ve been using for years and swear by, how do I find a replacement?
Upon doing extensive research on the testing process that these companies are involved I have made a decision to never purchase any products that are tested on animals. I really do hope to educate you on why you should also switch to cruelty free beauty.
The fight to end animal testing is going global like NEVER before!
Here are my top 7 reasons why you should make the switch to Cruelty Free Beauty only:
Animal Testing is Cruel
Each year, more than 100 million animals including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing.
Imagine being confined to a small cage and disgusting conditions just to be tested on for that mascara for a human. This testing isn’t just a quick procedure, these animals are tortured, blinded and ultimately killed. The reason these lab animals exist is just to live a life of constant fear and torture – Disgusting! Lab animals should be considered the same as pets and not put in their own category. Would you abuse your cat, dog or in my case my tortoise? HELL NO! Lab animals are animals too and should be protected from cruel treatment as much as pets should. Can you really call yourself a true vegan, if you buy products that contribute to the testing of animals?
Does Animal Testing even Work?
Is it actually proven that animal testing works? Yes, we may have some of the same DNA as some animals but of course not in all. Failure rates from animal research activities in all industries is above 90%. Think about it like this, humans can happily eat chocolate, grapes & avocados but to dogs they are toxic! Also, animals don’t necessarily get diseases that humans do such as Parkinson’s, Cancer & other diseases so testing on animals should not be considered the same as testing on humans as it is not a like for like comparison.
Thousands of Safe Proven Cosmetic Ingredients
Companies that do choose to test on animals continue to do so because they want to come up with new ingredients purely to increase their profits! There are thousands of safe cosmetic ingredients, so why do they need new ingredients at the expense of the life of an animal?
So many Brands are Cruelty Free
As well as there being thousands of safe cosmetic ingredients, there are also thousands of cruelty free brands available today. I found that a number of products I already used were cruelty free! I was SO happy when I found out that Anastasia Beverly Hills was cruelty free as I am obsessed with their eyebrow dipbrow promade . It can be confusing trying to find out whether something is cruelty free so if you’re unsure about a brand, head over to CrueltyFreeKitty.com.
Cruelty free Beauty Products Have Less Non-toxic Chemicals
A number of products that are tested on animals are due to them being new ingredients or toxic chemicals. This makes all the more sense for you to switch over to cruelty free. Do you really want to put toxic chemicals on your skin? Everything that is put on our skin is absorbed and using products which are full of harmful chemicals will damage your skin in the long run.
Cruelty free Beauty Products Means More Money!
By consciously buying cruelty free products you may find you save some money. You will have a smaller range of products to choose from and you will most likely realise you don’t need everything that you currently had.
Cruelty Free Beauty Products can Lead to Less waste
As mentioned in my previous point, buying cruelty free is a way to give more thought to what you’re buying. As well as having more money in your account you will also find that you’re reducing waste by buying less which is a win win situation! A number of products that consciously choose not to test on animals and are vegan generally have minimal packaging or even zero waste!
I hope the 7 reasons above I’ve provided to switch over to cruelty free beauty inspire you to make the same change I am currently going through.
If you’ve read my transitioning to a vegan diet blog, you would have noticed that I was an overnight vegan which basically meant I went from meat eating to cutting out all meat and dairy products within 24 hours.
IF I had all the money in the World, I would definitely switch everything over today but in reality that is not the case. With the switch to cruelty free products, it will be a slow transition and I will be writing an upcoming post about best practice in switching over to cruelty free beauty products.
I hope this inspires you to make a change as switching to cruelty-free products is one of the best ways to say no to animal testing. Let me know if you’ve managed to switch your products over to Cruelty free and how you found it.