CRUELTYAuthor: Erin Wayt, R.N.

Okay, ladies (and some gentlemen).  I know we all love our beauty products, but are we aware of what’s going on beyond the counter?   Last week, I was horrified to discover that the majority of the makeup products I see, and a lot of what I use on a daily basis, are still being tested on animals!  I won’t go into the gory details, but let me assure you that when I say they are being tested on animals, I do not mean that they are just putting mascara on a bunny.

The companies we know and love like Revlon, Dior, YSL, Estee Lauder, Mac, Tom Ford, and many more still perform animal testing.  The Personal Care Products Safety Act regulates cosmetic companies but does not require them to test on animals.

Many reliable alternatives to animal testing exist.  These include cell and tissue cultures, computer models, as well as formulating products with ingredients already tested and known to be safe.  Nearly 50 non-animal tests have been validated for use, all of which provide results far more relevant to humans and that are also more time and cost effective.  In 96% of human clinical trials, animal testing has not correctly predicted human response.  This provides us with neither safe nor humane products.

Europe led the way by banning all products tested on animals for cosmetic use and the sale of all newly animal tested cosmetics.  President Obama just signed The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st century updating a portion of the Toxic Substance Control Act and Environmental Protection Act pertaining to animal testing for the first time in 20 years.  Hopefully, the new bill is a step in the direction towards ending the senseless testing of products on animals of any kind.

For products that are cruelty-free and great for your skin, there are several options: Neocutis®, Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics®, Circ-Cell®, and Credentials®.  All of these products can be purchased at TOC Medical Spa.

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