Today's post was written by Zara, and it's about her thoughts on opting to choose cruelty-free products (find her on Twitter @ZaraELewis and find her writing at highstylife.com). Enjoy!
Even though many famous ladies claim that beauty is pain, the real question is — who actually suffers the most? People? Or someone else? It is well known that the majority of prominent brands in the beauty industry test their products on animals, which makes these little creatures experience true agony and pain in the process. Here are some tips on how to choose cruelty-free products.
Why Should I Choose Cruelty-Free Products?
The disturbing fact that rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice are forced to inhale or eat certain substances, or have some of these rubbed into their shaved skin is truly horrifying. It gets even worse when they are killed and cut open in order to see whether those substances affected their organs. Choosing cruelty-free cosmetics is a way of standing up for animal rights.
When picking cruelty-free make-up products from your local store it is important to check that the company doesn't test on animals [you can research this online, or look for the Leaping Bunny logo]. Even though animal testing has been banned by the EU since 2013 there is unfortunately a loophole that allows some of the ingredients to be tested, which is why you should be extra careful while choosing products. Some companies even call themselves cruelty-free when they aren't. Next time you go searching for the perfect make-up, why not try an eyeshadow or lipstick by 100% Pure?
Cruelty-Free Make-Up Tools
Another important part of every girl's make-up routine are brushes and tools. Some animals are farmed and killed in order for their hair to be used in the production of those tools, which is a very disturbing fact. The good news is that many brands are turning to synthetic bristles nowadays, without harming animals in the process. Such brushes are perfect for both powder and cream products, and are extremely easy to clean. Besides that, they shed less, which means they will last much longer.
Cruelty-Free Beauty Products
Other beauty products, such as body creams, lotions, bubble baths, shampoos and so on, have also been tested on animals in the past, which led to major protests and demonstrations all over the globe. Animal rights were at stake, and it is good to know that the situation is much better nowadays than it was just a couple of years ago. Thankfully, I found a list of cruelty-free brands that you can keep by your side. Unfortunately the truth is that the majority of the world's most prominent brands are still testing their products on animals, but hopefully that will change soon. Beauty without pain is definitely something we must strive for!