Vegan skincare and makeup is on the rise as people are looking for safe, cruelty free products. Sales for retailers find vegan products sales are skyrocketing with sales going up 750 percent during certain time frames with one retailer.
Animal products are not only found in food products they are hidden in many personal hygiene and self-care products as well.
Why switch to vegan skincare and makeup products?
- You will be avoiding dead animal by-products. By electing to use vegan beauty products you will avoiding dead animal by-products touching your skin. These by-products include things like uric acid extracted from cows, dead insect extracts, beeswax!
- Vegan products are better suited for sensitive skin. The performance of vegan products are considered superior since they have lesser ingredients in vegan skincare and makeup.
- You’ll be avoiding animal-tested products. Vegan products are not tested on animals. They are 100% cruelty-free.
- Remember though vegan or clean beauty does not mean it’s toxin free. So make sure to still check the ingredients.
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Here are 6 non-vegan ingredients you need to watch out for in your beauty products:
1. Cetyl Palmitate
This waxy oil chemical is found in the skulls of sperm whales, but there are also plant sources. You can find it in skin creams, ointments, shampoos, and candles.
2. Stearic acid
This chemical derived from animal fat is found in many commercial beauty products ranging from shampoos, conditioners, soap, deodorant, and even lubricants. Plant-sources do exist, so double check with the company before you purchase!
This is derived from animal protein and polypeptides. It is found in various cosmetics.
Squalene is made out of shark liver. This oil is used in moisturizers, hair dyes, and various cosmetics.
5. Oleic acid
Retrieved from animal fat (tallow), this chemical is found in liquid soap, bar soap, creams, lipsticks, and nail polishes.
Glycerin is animal fat found in cosmetics, lubricants, and ointments.
For more information on ingredients to watch out for in beauty products, check out: CLEARlife’s Dirty List