Many skincare and cosmetic products are generally not suitable for vegans, as they contain animal-derived ingredients or have involved animal testing. But there are vegan alternatives that cover all kinds of cosmetics and makeup.
Checking products for ingredients of animal origin can be tricky, as products will not necessarily display their ingredient list on the packaging. And if they do, they can be difficult to decipher. Many companies avoid using the word "animal" on their ingredient labels to avoid discouraging consumers. Animal-based ingredients are commonly used because they are generally cheaper than plant-based ingredients.
In general, it is fairly easy to find vegan and cruelty free cosmetic products online or in health food stores, pharmacies, and specialty stores. Look for products that specifically state that they do not contain ingredients of animal origin. A cruelty-free logo can also show that products are free of animal ingredients and free from animal testing.
Choosing vegan products isn't just about ensuring they're free of animal-based ingredients. Many skin care products have also been tested on animals. As a result of the campaign, animal testing of cosmetic products has been phased out in many countries. However, there are still many countries where animal testing is still allowed, and many cosmetics and skin care products still involve animal testing.
Animal testing for cosmetic purposes is unnecessary. Ingredients in cosmetic products are required by law to be tested for safety, but this need not involve testing on animals. Cruelty-free alternatives, such as testing on reconstructed human skin, using computer models, and recruiting human volunteers, are often more reliable than using a different species to test products intended for humans.