Why Should We Consider Cruelty Free and Vegan Products?
Preventing the exploitation of animals, both for testing and for by products as ingredients, is not the only reason for going vegan and cruelty free. The products are generally much cleaner and have far fewer ingredients. But seriously, I know that tearing yourself away from your favourite stay power lipstick, smudge proof mascara or non-greasy moisturiser is going to be a pretty daunting thing!! Trust me I have been there!!
So why should I think about making a few changes?
Vegan vs Cruelty Free
Once I started looking into products I realised there were 2 main types, Vegan and/or Cruelty Free.
Vegan – is defined as containing no animal ingredients (e.g. the iridescence in your fav nail polish often is produced from fish scales!).
Cruelty Free – means there was no animal testing of the product but it could still contain animal by-products.
The best choice is to look for those products that offer you the best of both. Look for the Vegan society logo and the bunny on your pack, this is the easiest way to check.
How to Reduce Chemicals
Did you know that the average woman puts up to 500 chemicals on her skin every day, from your moisturiser to your lip balm and everything in between? These toxic chemicals are then absorbed through your pores and end up in your body. Some of these chemicals have been linked to causing cancer, birth defects, damage to brain or lung cells, even obesity. Now I know that there can be pain in beauty (anyone that has had a bikini wax knows what I mean!!) but this is taking it to the extreme.
Some of the chemicals are:
- Formaldehyde – the fluid used when embalming a dead body, has been linked to asthma, cancer, and immune system damage, to name a few. Found in many high street nail polishes
- Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – causes skin and eye irritation. Commonly used to preserve foods and cosmetics to slow down the autoxidation rate of ingredients in a product that can cause changes in the taste or colour
- Parabens are most common in personal care products that contain significant amounts of water, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions and facial and shower cleansers and scrubs. Parabens have been linked to disrupting hormone function, this effect has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity
This is to name just a few.
Try to use products that are free of the main nasties and familiarise yourself with the ingredients list of your products. It might take you a while but it’s well worth it!!
What Can I Really Do?
Become a really conscious shopper and know what you are buying.
Try to educate yourself a little as to what you are putting on your skin (this includes what you clean your house with and your laundry detergents). But remember you can’t avoid everything, so don’t be too hard on yourself!!
Work out those products that you want to find alternatives for first. Start small……your fav foundation or nail polish first and then build form there. It’s amazing how fast small steps add up!!
Here’s some of my favourite go to websites for products:
www.naturisimo.com – I LOVE THIS SITE (even all their packaging is recycled!!)
www.ethicalsuperstore.com – great for different household products
www.hairstory.com – a totally different way to wash your hair. I love it!!! It’s just an organic cleanser, amazing!!