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Why is mineral based and vegan makeup such a big deal these days? Is animal based testing all that bad? What are the benefits of mineral makeup or vegan makeup? Let’s look into these questions together.
Women have worn makeup for centuries. Some used it as body art, others as a beauty regimen, and still others to enhance their appearance. At one point in time women were using lead-based makeup, which killed them. We have progressed and are now more knowledgeable. Although this tradition still exists today, our products have changed over time, influenced by our knowledge. We will look at two of today’s favorite products and why we should use them.
Makeup testing on animals is cruel. In some countries, strict legal requirements exist to prove that the makeup products are safe, and although their label claims to be cruelty-free, there have been some tests on animals. Skin irritation, skin sensitization, and acute toxicity are a few methods used on animals. Injected into their bodies, forced to digest or slathered product in their eyes, these animals endure trials with reactions and often die. If you sincerely care about how your makeup products came into being, vegan makeup is the way to go.
Vegan makeup does not include any animal ingredients or animal by-products which include honey, beeswax, milk, collagen, etc. They are cruelty-free, these products have never touched a single animal.
Vegan makeup has fewer ingredients than commercial makeup, and more likely to have ingredients you can pronounce. I feel more confident when I buy products with ingredients I can pronounce, that there is transparency between the producer and consumer. Consumers have a right to know how their products came into being, and what makes up their product.
Being vegan is a lifestyle. Companies that make an effort to create vegan makeup products tend to use recycled materials to package their products. Doing this aligns with a mission of not harming the planet, creating less waste and pollution.
Chamomile has calming properties, while tea tree oil has cleansing properties. For years people have been using plants as medicine. Citruses such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are full of vitamin C, which prevents skin pigmentation. Exotic fruits and green tea extracts contain antioxidants, which work wonders for combating wrinkles. Maybe what we need to maintain our health and skin is within our grasp, we don’t need to create something synthetic and artificial.
You might be thinking, lots of thought and effort created these amazing vegan makeup products, they’re going to cost exponentially more than say a drug store brand product. Thanks to the internet, vegan makeup products have gained in popularity and have comparitive prices. Even some everyday drug stores are starting to carry this product. Depending on where you are, these products may be hard to come by. However, you can always turn to the internet and find great deals online.
Historically, people used mud as a healing agent and draw out toxins from the body. It shouldn’t be surprising that mineral makeup is better for your skin. Mineral makeup is just that, makeup derived from minerals which come from our earth. Specific minerals have anti-inflammatory properties and have a calming effect. Skin is your body’s largest organ and absorbs substances it comes into contact with for extended periods of time. Inherently, anything that is found and not chemically altered is better for us. Our bodies are familiar with these substances and know how to process it.
Minerals are small particles and adhere to your skin. You don’t need to worry about a thick layer covering your face and feeling weighty, or having it melt off, or even reapplying it. It’s so light-weight that you’ll probably forget you even put it on! Another nice feature is that it doesn’t settle into wrinkles, which exaggerate them.
Mineral makeup doesn’t dry out your skin like a lot of commercial ones do. It doesn’t clog your pores. Synthetic colors, parabens, fragrances, preservatives, and phthalates are a few ingredients that are common in commercial makeup. All these are absent in mineral makeup. Although mineral makeup doesn’t have these preservatives, they do not encourage bacterial growth and have a long shelf life.
Oily or dry, it doesn’t matter what your skin type you have, mineral makeup is suitable for all skin types. If you have sensitive skin, this is the best type of product you could use on your skin. Again, these minerals contain anti-inflammatory properties
Many cosmetic stores sell creams that protect you from the sun. Well with mineral makeup you don’t need to purchase anything additional to get this protection, mineral makeup already contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both protect your skin.
Come check out our vegan makeup products here at Bella Reina Spa.