“Cruelty-free” is a phrase that you will hear pretty often when it comes to beauty and skincare products. Products that are cruelty-free have been developed without having been tested on animals. Animal testing is a notorious practice in the beauty industry, which leads to the harm, torture, and death of animals. If that alone is not reason enough for you to go the cruelty-free way, then here are a few more.
Cruelty-free is healthier
Cruelty-free products are usually free of harmful ingredients such as parabens, carcinogens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Companies who are making cruelty-free products do not have just animals in mind, they are also concerned about you. They will be more likely to make products that will not cause irritation or damage to your body.
Cruelty-free alternatives are widely available
Purchasing cruelty-free products are easier now more than ever. They can be found at all your regular stores and websites, with many of them being affordable, making the transition from cruel to cruelty-free easier. There are a plethora of products to try for all your skin, hair, or beauty needs.
Animal testing is not necessary
Through research, most likely from previous animal testing, it has been determined that there are around 7000 ingredients that are safe to use in beauty products. This means there are well over a trillion combinations that could be used to develop your favourite face wash or lipstick.
It leads to more mindful beauty practices.
When you actively start to seek cruelty-free products, you become more conscious about what is in your beauty products. It is important to be aware of what it is you are using and what these ingredients do. Increasing your knowledge of what your skin/hair/body needs are will allow you to buy products that are not only effective but healthy too.
It makes trying new products easier
Sometimes you want to declutter your existing beauty inventory and try something new. However, the fear of reacting to something or products not being effective holds you back. Well, this is your sign to take the leap. With Cruelty-free products, you have the peace of mind of knowing that most likely it will not contain something that will irritate or damage your skin. Especially with many of them being vegan or plant-based. Of course, you should still read labels to make sure the product does not have anything that will cause any adverse effects, but they most likely will not.
Although companies and brands have made strides and taken lengths to develop products without animal testing, it is still prevalent. It is important that we are conscious and aware of our purchasing choices. In this way, we can create a more humane industry that looks out for the needs of not just humans but all living things as well.