Looking good and being ethically-conscious don’t have to be mutually exclusive. It’s possible to do both at the same time, especially where your beauty products are concerned. If you’re making changes to your life so that you can be more ethical and eco-conscious, you can include your make-up and other beauty products in the changes that you make. There’s no need to throw away anything that you have already bought, but you can start to slowly replace anything that might not meet your standards. Have a look at some of the things you could be doing to create a more ethical beauty routine.
Say No to Animal Cruelty
The first thing that you might want to address is animal cruelty. Cruelty-free products should not be tested on animals, but they should still be tested and approved to be safe. As well as considering animal testing, you might consider whether beauty products contain any animal products. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can look for vegan beauty products that don’t contain any animal products. You might be surprised by how many products can have animal products in them. But when you choose beauty products that are confirmed to be vegan, you can feel sure that they’re cruelty-free.
Be Wary of Child Labour
Cruelty-free products shouldn’t be harmful to animals, but are your beauty products potentially harmful to people? If you’re concerned about animal welfare, you surely don’t want to contribute to problems that affect people either. One issue to watch out for is beauty products that contain the mineral mica. This mineral makes many make-up products shimmery and shiny, but recent reports have highlighted concerns that the mining of mica often involves child labour. Some brands have chosen to switch to synthetic alternatives, especially as it is difficult to ensure that mica has been mined ethically.
Look for Sustainable Ingredients
There are also other ingredients that you should pay attention to if you want to buy ethical beauty products. One of your aims should be to look for sustainable products, which can be supplied with minimum harm to the environment and the communities that produce or rely on those ingredients. Which ingredients might be putting a strain on the communities that supply them? What alternatives are there that might be more sustainable? For example, some brands have swapped Argan oil for Abyssinian oil for a more sustainable alternative.
Check Brand Ethical Values
When you’re shopping for beauty products, research brands to find out about their values. What policies do they have in place to make sure their products are sustainable, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly? It’s important to know not just what values that espouse, but also whether they actually stay true to their word. What are they doing to follow through on their promises? While having clear values and policies is a good start, they have to take action that aligns with the values they express too.
If you want to have a more ethical beauty routine, look closely at the products that you buy. There are lots of things to consider to make the right choices.