Whether it’s shampoo, mascara, or sunscreen, going #crueltyfree is trending.
From Instagram influencers like Huda Kattan and Isabella Fiori to beauty guru celebs like Jenna Dewan and Bellamy Young, more and more people are turning their backs on conventional corporate conglomerate beauty products. Nobody likes the idea of testing new shades of lipstick on adorable little mice, but are there really other benefits to a Cruelty-Free skincare regime?
You don’t have to be a PETA member or a Vegan to reap the benefits of Cruelty-Free cosmetics — here are six reasons why Cruelty-Free is becoming the new mainstream.
1. Cruelty-Free products are generally healthier.
When you opt for products not tested on animals, you’re also ditching the bad chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes. These cleaner cosmetics are better for your skin, which means less likelihood of breakouts, allergies, and inflammation. Companies that don’t want to harm animals, want to avoid hurting people too. Save the animals, and save your skin.
2. It leads to more mindful beauty practices.
Narrowing your options to products not tested on animals leads to a better experience in the cosmetics aisle. Fewer choices lead to more mindful decisions and the opportunity to really consider if a product is a great addition to your routine. Overloaded bathroom drawers will be a thing of the past.
3. Products aren’t just tested on mice.
Investigations show that mice aren’t the only furry critter subjected to cosmetic testing. Rabbits, cats, and even dogs are subjected to chemicals that we would never consider putting on our own pets. Lab animals are kept in small cages and often wind up maimed, blinded, or killed. It sounds a lot worse when “lab rats” aren’t actually rats.
4. You have the power to create change.
By not purchasing your usual products and going with Cruelty-Free alternatives instead, you send the message that animal testing is wrong. When enough people take a stand, companies begin to change their practices, and Cruelty-Free becomes the standard. So put your money where your heart is. There are thousands of amazing brands that do not do animal testing - make the smart choice!
5. Save money.
Many cruelty-free companies are also budget friendly. From the high quality, amazingly affordable, E.L.F. cosmetics to multi-purposed Dr. Bronner’s soap, there are so many great brands that do not do animal testing so you are saving animals and money at the same time.
6. It’s not really necessary to test on animals.
There are over 7,000 cosmetic ingredients already proven to be safe. The only reason why companies would need to test on animals in the U.S. is during the development of new ingredients. Luckily, technology is creating more humane options for product testing. So stick to the safe stuff!
If these reasons aren’t enough to convince you that Cruelty-Free cosmetics are on the rise and here to stay, consider this: countries around the world have already banned animal testing. The European Union, Switzerland, India, Israel, South Korea, and New Zealand are just a few nations that have put the safety of animals and humans first. And this is one of those instances in which jumping on the bandwagon is a pretty great idea.
For more Cruelty Free inspiration, check out Cruelty Free Squad on Instagram, and PETA’s easy to use database to find the perfect Cruelty Free cosmetics for your makeup bag. And don’t forget to get your hands on ZINC IT OVER®, our revolutionary Over Makeup Sunscreen Facial Mist! We are Cruelty-Free and Vegan and always will be!
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