Many women don’t take a second to think about what they are putting on their faces every day. We wake up and get ready for work, not contemplating about the brands we are supporting and the unethical impurities that we put on our skin, lips and eyes. Animal cruelty in the cosmetic world is industry standard in the US. The disgusting and outdated process of testing on animals, using harmful chemicals and animal fur in makeup brushes. These practices involves the unethical treatment of animals, but the simple fact is that vegan beauty products and healthier and superior for your skin! Here are three reasons to make the switch to vegan and cruelty free makeup and skincare brands.
- Animal Cruelty
Vegan makeup and skincare products are healthier for your skin because they replace chemically altered, animal by-products with plant based resources. It is also important to remember that cruelty-free does not mean the product is vegan. Cruelty-free means that the company did not test their products or ingredients on animals during research and development. However, they could still use animal ingredients in the making of their cosmetics, which in reality is not cruelty free and certainly not vegan! The FDA does not require that animal tests be conducted to demonstrate that the cosmetics are safe. China, for example, is a country where animal testing is legal and mandatory. The Chinese government conducts mandatory animal tests on all cosmetic products imported into the country. The most common tests that are performed by the cosmetic industry on animal testing is by exposing mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs to cosmetics ingredients. This can include:
- skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of restrained rabbits without any pain relief
- repeated force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards such as cancer or birth defects; and
- widely condemned "lethal dose" tests, in which animals are forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that causes death. (Peta)
There are plenty of ways to ensure the health and safety of products without using animals to test on. For example, choosing to create these products using the thousands of ingredients that have a long history of safe use.
Animal by-products are used in most makeup’s and beauty products on the market today. If you read the labels of your current beauty products, most of the words are undefinable, unless you have a PHD in Biology. For example, let’s take something simple – Gelatin or Gel. We have all seen this on haircare and skincare products. Gel is created from the protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones in water, it is taken from cows and pigs and used in many common shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics. Of course this is disgusting in practice and disturbing to think that that is what you are rubbing on your face and soaking into your hair. What is worse is that there are farms that harvest these animal parts.
- Makeup Brushes
A quality makeup brush is imperative to properly applying your makeup for that flawless look that every woman wants. But have you ever thought about what you’re fluffy and soft makeup applicators and brushes are made of? Makeup brushes were traditionally made from animal hair squirrel, mink, sable, horse, or goat hair. Most of this hair is taken from these majestic animals on fur farms and many makeup brushes are manufactured in developing countries where there are few or no animal welfare regulations. This is an outdated and barbaric practice. There are other options in the beauty industry and they are vegan and cruelty free, synthetic brushes are comparable in price, safer, healthier and work just as well if not better than animal hair brushes. Synthetic brushes are typically made of taklon fibers or nylon, and are hypoallergenic. They also hold powders better and are easier to clean and maintain than non-vegan brushes.
The take away here is that you have options! We all have options and choices in choosing the brands we support and the products we use every day. There are some great vegan, cruelty free and chemical free makeup and skincare brands out there. That is why we created Mission B. We house the best brands that have missions we can stand behind and be proud of. Mission B offers vegan, cruelty-free synthetic makeup brushes. Even a percentage of our products benefit the Humane Society to have prevent animal cruelty. Education is our main goal in enlightening consumers so they can make better and cruelty free choices in their beauty products.