7 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Vegan Cosmetics
Vegan cosmetics are just better, there, we said it! Read on to find out why.
Ever since 2019 was declared as the year of the vegan, it has felt like the term has been on everyone’s, well, mostly millennials’, lips. It has also been the subject of many Netflix docs, and a mainstay in celeb diet culture (who could forget when Beyoncé and Jay-Z touted the benefits of plant-based eating and everyone assumed they were vegan?). It was also the start of many people reaching for vegan cosmetics.
If you’ve ever wondered why vegan cosmetics are better, you’ve come to the right place. 85% of Catrice products are vegan and by the end of 2023, it will be 100%.
But first things first, here’s a little refresher on the difference between the terms cruelty-free and vegan, which aren’t mutually exclusive by the way. When it comes to beauty products, what qualifies as vegan are those formulated without animal products. But if a label doesn’t say vegan, it can be hard to decipher what ingredients come from where. You might be surprised to learn that animal-derived ingredients like carmine (a colorant from beetles), and ambergris (from whale intestines), could be lurking in your beauty cabinet among common products like lipstick, perfume, and more. Check out Peta’s comprehensive list here.
Here are 7 reasons why you should make the switch to vegan cosmetics:
- Choosing vegan cosmetics helps animals
Today, buyers want to make purchases that align with their values so it makes sense that vegan cosmetics that are also cruelty-free, are important to those who want to support the welfare of animals and feel good about the products they buy. By choosing vegan products that are also cruelty-free, you’re saying no to the unnecessary harm of animals. So the next time you swipe on your fave concealer or lip gloss, you can feel good about your purchase and its vegan-cosmetics status.
2. Vegan cosmetics perform just as well if not better than non-vegan products
Gone are the days of kitchen-sink beauty products that left you wanting more from your vegan makeup like unreliable textures and funky smells. Today’s modern vegan formulas are efficacious and just as impressive, if not even more so, than products that aren’t vegan. So why not support animal welfare by making the switch? It’s a win-win.
3.Companies who make vegan cosmetic care about other clean beauty standards
Many companies will tell you what their values are, both on the label and on their website. For eg. Catrice has CLEAN ID, our gold standard of clean beauty, which means a product is 100% Vegan with naturally-derived ingredients while progressing toward shorter ingredient lists and more sustainable packaging. Look for terms like recycled paper and post-consumer recycled materials.
4.Vegan cosmetics don’t have to break the bank
Sure, there are beauty brands that offer vegan cosmetics at a premium but Catrice isn't one of them. That means you can shop in line with your values without sacrificing another one. You work hard for your money and investing in quality vegan cosmetics shouldn’t take away from that.
5.Vegan cosmetics are good for your skin
Vegan beauty products often feature high-quality ingredients like minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that nourish your skin. In other words, they contain fewer synthetics and nasties like dyes, volatile silicones, certain fragrance allergens, chelating agents and solid microplastic particles, to name a few. Again, look to a brand’s website, which should educate buyers on what they do and don’t use.
6.Using vegan cosmetics means caring for a better planet in the future
It’s no secret that animal byproducts contribute to the release of greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change (a.k.a. global warming). Choosing vegan makeup and products means you can avoid contributing to the use of animal-byproducts as well as the harmful pesticides that some animals are exposed to during farming.
7.Vegan cosmetics can help promote better health
Just like the old adage of you are what you eat rings true today, the same can be said for the products you put on your face and body. By using vegan cosmetics and reducing the synthetic-chemical load on your body, you can sleep better at night by knowing that you’re doing your best to support your health and nourish your body. Your future self will thank you!
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