Your Makeup is Tested on Animals and Here’s Why You Should Care
Testing makeup on animals is unfortunately a common practice in the cosmetic industry, and many people still are not familiar with what animal testing even is.
People often assume that it’s simply using the products that you and I would buy, but on animals, like putting blush on a monkey. And as strange as that image conjures up, animal testing is a lot weirder and sadder than that.
What is Animal Testing?
Animal testing is not painting the nails of rabbits or shampooing chimpanzees. Common animal testing practices include forcibly eating, inhaling, applying, and injecting ingredients into/onto animals so that they can be studied, then later killed to be studied after their death.
This is done so that researchers can insure the safety and effectiveness of products. However, scientists have found more humane and effective ways to test products without the use of animals.
Alternatives to Animal Testing
Simply put, testing makeup on animals is no longer needed. Here are 4 alternatives to animal testing:
- Donated human tissue
- Computer models to replicate the human body
- Human volunteers (done safely of course)
- Lab-grown cell cultures
How you Can Help End Animal Testing
The simplest and most effective way to help end animal testing is to go cruelty-free. Luckily, more and more brands are waking up to the horrors of this cruel practice. This means that cruelty-free products have become more accessible than ever before. So, vote with your dollar and choose cruelty-free.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- How to Shop for Cruelty-Free Products
- 5 Ways to Tell if a Product is Cruelty-Free
- The 8 Do’s and Don’ts of Going Cruelty-Free