The Ugly Side of Looking Beautiful

Makeup can be a right of passage for young women who want to look beautiful. The first time you’re allowed to wear mascara or lip gloss can change your entire perspective on yourself. Suddenly, a new world is opened, and the makeup aisle at your local drugstores become a new guilty pleasure.

However, we often forget to think about how a specific product got to store shelves, or what was sacrificed in order to provide us with flawless foundations and satin lipstick. While some cosmetic companies have vouched to stop performing animal tests, many have not.

Animal tests have been performed over many years. However, even though they have not withstood the test of time, they are still being conducted. Why?

One question to ponder is how many companies have managed to create perfectly usable makeup without animal tests, and why others don’t go the same route? If they are not needed, why are they still being conducted?

Up to 92% of animal tests fail in clinical trials (on humans) because they are too dangerous, or simply do not work. Nearly 90% of animals that live the duration of their lives in U.S. laboratories are not counted in the official statistics of animals being tested for products, and are not protected by animal welfare laws, despite being horribly tortured day in and day out.

Typically, animal tests will include skin or eye irritation tests, in which chemicals are rubbed onto shaved skin, or dropped into the eyes of various animals with no relief from the pain caused. That, along with force-feeding tests done for months at a time to show health issues, such as cancer or birth defects. Once these tests are completed, and the animals are no longer needed, they are killed by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation.

There are various ways that you can make your voice heard to let others know that you are against animal testing. Several campaigns were created through various animal rights organizations, such as PETA and the Humane Society, that you can sign and send to various makeup companies and other potential activists. There are also convenient lists that you can carry with names of proven cruelty-free cosmetics companies.

Information and word-of-mouth are an animals biggest advocate. We must not be afraid to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

What is your opinion on animal testing? Do you currently use any products being tested on animals, and are you willing to stop using your favorite products if you find out about their ugly past?