When I was still eating animal products I always made sure to shop all of my dairy products, eggs, meat and so on organic. Now as a vegan, this desire of buying as organic and local as possible only grew stronger on me. But earlier in my life I never made the connection between organic food and the importance of all natural, cruelty free cosmetics. I cared enough about what came into my body, but I didn’t pay attention to what came onto my skin. Through documentaries I became aware of the horrifying circumstances animals are captured in for experiments and tests.
I decided to not longer support that industry and switched to cruelty free products. And let me tell you, it’s a struggle at first! Almost all the products I was using, things you can buy in the drugstore as well as high-end brands, were produced by companies working with conventional methods. These clearly weren’t suitable for me anymore.
You might wonder now: “Ok, I get the cruelty free part. But why should I invest into skin care and makeup products based on natural ingredients too?” The answer is quite simple and shocking at the same time:
“As much as 60% of topical skin-care products are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream,”
says Dr. Nancy Lonsdrof, M.D. an lowa-based physician, “They should be consumed with the same prudence that we use to choose our breakfast cereal” (April 2006 issue of Women’s Health Magazine). Many conventional beauty and skin care products are loaded with harmful chemicals which have were linked to skin irritations, tumors and even cancer. So aim for products that do not contain harsh ingredients, chemical preservatives or artificial fragrances and colours.
Woman absorb more then 2 kg of chemicals that way each year! So what’s even the point of eating organic if such a huge amount of chemicals ends up in your body trough your skin?
If you read our review on the book Skinny Bitch you might know a little something about this topic already. The two authors made a great point on why organic skin care is so important:
“What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body (because, in essence, what you put on your body will wind up in your body)”.
So most importantly: educate yourself about what is in your bathroom and makeup kit. Which products are you putting onto your skin daily that might be harmful? Read the list of ingredients and do your own research online. Most companies use clever Marketing tricks to make you believe you are buying a natural product when in fact it doesn’t contain any natural ingredients at all. And always be aware: companies change their policies and can alter the ingredients in their products. So make sure the websites you are researching on are updated.
To get you started we put together a list of useful websites. These sites will give you an insight in the different cruelty free logos, some companies that are safe for you to use and more: