To ensure your skin care products are all animal-friendly, read the ingredient list carefully and look out for the following:
Beeswax- Beeswax is considered an animal ‘by-product’ because it is produced from the honeycomb made by busy bees. It is commonly used in natural cosmetics as an emulsifier or thickener – an ingredient that helps the water and oil elements of a cream bind together. Beeswax also forms the basis of balms, which create a protective barrier on the skin. Though beeswax is a great natural ingredient, it is not absorbed well by the skin, and because it can’t penetrate the epidermis, it can also suffocate sensitive skin and block pores.
Lanolin- Used in a lot of mainstream hair and skincare products for its moisturizing and emulsifying qualities, lanolin is extracted from the oil glands of wool-bearing sheep.
Retinol -Vitamin A is great for the skin but it’s important to note that it exists in two forms. Retinol is the animal-derived form and can be found in many anti-aging skin care products.