Everything You Need To Know About Ethical Beauty
Sustainability as a buzzword in the beauty world seeped in to the narrative quite some time ago. Today, as greater environmental consciousness is on the rise we can witness the transition of it from becoming an alternate lifestyle to a mainstream one. Call it a need of the times of multiple crises we live in, or an extensive marketing ploy by some brands, this means good things for beauty lovers.
It is impossible in the wake of fervent environmental degradation caused by large corporations of various industries to remain neutral about such a cause. You’re either part of protecting the environment, or you’re not. Consumer trends shape demand and our spending habits play a significant role in the kind of support we extend in protecting the environment.
This has also given rise to more transparency for consumers about how and what goes into the manufacturing process. Ingredients, packaging, manufacturing, labor are a few of the main vital aspects of how ethical your beauty products are.
If you’re looking for ways to make your lifestyle practices more ethical and you want to start with beauty, here is all you need to know.
What is vegan beauty care?
Much like a vegan diet, vegan skincare focuses on products which are made with plants and minerals and does not use ingredients that come from animals. This includes animal fat used to make lipsticks, gelatin which comes from boiling skin and bones of animals, animal hair and many other ingredients.
Avoid using products which also use palm oil as this leads to mass deforestation in various countries to plant seeds of this crop.
Be careful not to settle for products which may claim to be vegan but are not cruelty-free.
What is cruelty-free beauty?
These products are the ones which have not been tested on animals at any point. Beauty products which are against testing on animals but still containing animal derived ingredients are not really cruelty-free either. This is because at some point, they may have caused the death of an animal.
What is organic beauty?
The most naturally made products are those which do not contain the following:
- GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
- Man-made herbicides
- Artificial coloring
Essentially these products require modern methods of farming and genetically modified ingredients. Many of these ingredients are harmful for the environments and our health. Moreover, mass production of these products is one of the biggest contributors to pollution.
What role does packaging play?
Reusable packaging is ideally containers made with organic and recyclable materials, such as glass jars and cardboard boxes. Plastic containers and packaging is not bio-degradable and negatively impacts the environment, especially wildlife. The goal should be to consume less and invariably reduce the amount of waste generated by our practices.
How can you be an ethical beauty user?
It can be overwhelming and confusing when you have to keep in mind about the number of restrictions. Our actions reflect the choices we make and the more you educate yourself the more likely it is going to become second nature to you to be more conscious.
Ultimately the choice is yours. Which ethical values are you willing to compromise on and what is more accessible to you? Consider this a process of de cluttering your life of unhealthy habits and slowly acclimatizing to healthier practices.
Start with a brand you can trust. Go through their products and give it a try.
Briseis Beauty is an eco-friendly, cruelty free and award-winning health and beauty company. We use ingredients powered by natures and sourced by ethical means. We offer some of the best organic make-up brands as well as vegan beauty and organic deodorants.
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