Beauty products help us transform ourselves into our ideal selves. Skincare helps us get that flawless skin. Foundation helps us get that perfect glass skin and concealer helps us hide all our problems. Contour helps us get that snatched look. And while I now appreciate women who can do good make-up, I think it is a problem when people think that they have “flaws” that need to be corrected.I also think that as conscious consumers with access to SO much information online, we could all be more careful with the brands we support. Here are some beauty products that we should all collectively stop buying now –
1. Skin whitening/lightening creams – I understand that beauty companies thrive on making people feel insecure but this obsession with being ‘fairer/whiter/lighter skinned’ is so archaic. Every single skin tone is beautiful and everyone should be proud of their skin tone.
2. Face bleaches – I object to these for the same reason as skin whitening creams. Add to that, face bleaches are so much worse since they can have an adverse reaction on your skin.
3. Artificial tanning products – Why make yourself feel bad about your natural paleness and opt to constantly artificially tan yourself? I follow this YouTuber who constantly artificially tans herself to the extent that her hands are SO orange always.
4. Lip Plumping Products – They work on the concept of irritating your lips into looking plump (for a very short period of time) – come on – beauty doesn’t have to be pain!
5. Products from brands that still test on animals – I was in for a rude shock recently when I realized that my favourite K-Beauty brands are actually not cruelty-free! Why do we need to do animal testing when there are technologies that have replaced this cruel practice altogether? I hope more consumers come forward and demand that beauty brands do away with animal testing. Even huge conglomerates like Loreal still aren’t cruelty-free (some of Loreal’s sub-brands which they have bought could be cruelty-free eg: NYX). Ethical Elephant is a great website to check for these details about brands before purchasing from them.
6. Products from brands using unethically sourced mica – Mica is found in a lot of make-up and skincare products (check ingredients – mica is listed as “CI 77019”). Mica is what adds that shine/glimmer to make-up. But mica mining is riddled with problems. A lot of companies source mica from mines in villages in India and with the boom in the makeup industry, mica mining also saw a boom. This has led to a problem of child labour in the industry because child labour is cheaper and they are able to go into the smaller more treacherous parts of the mine. A lot of brands have now moved to ethically sourced mica, linking a list I found on Ethical Elephant. Please check the ingredients on your makeup/skincare before you buy them and crosscheck to ensure they come from ethical sources.
What are some beauty products that you think we should all collectively stop using? Do you agree with my picks?
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