Why Vegan Skincare & Makeup? Why You Should Make The Switch!

By Charlotte Carson

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.

Almost 1 million animals are held captive in laboratories and used in experiments for making products, plus an estimated 100 million mice and rats 

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 – Performance wise, vegan beauty products are considered superior since they have lesser ingredients in vegan skincare and makeup.
  • You’ll be Avoiding Animal-Tested Products – Vegan beauty products are never tested on animals and therefore they are 100 percent cruelty free.

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!

3. Polypeptides

Derived from animal protein, polypeptides are used primarily in cosmetics.

4. Squalene

Made out of shark liver, this oil is used in products such as moisturizers, hair dyes, and multiple cosmetics.

5. Oleic acid

Retrieved from animal fat (tallow), this chemical is found in liquid soap, bar soap, creams, lipsticks, and nail polishes.

6. Glycerin

Glycerin is an animal fat that can be found in cosmetics, mouthwashes, soaps, lubricants, and ointments.

For more information on ingredients to watch out for in beauty products, check out ClearLife’s Dirty List

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