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July 4, 2022 6:04pm

Ingredients of animal origin - apart from milk and honey?

Cosmetics and perfumes contain many substances that have a good effect on the human skin or emit extremely pleasant fragrances. However, some of them require the killing or mutilation of animals - more and more people do not accept this and choose vegan products. What ingredients (except milk, honey, tallow, trypsin or silk) should be taken care not to pay for the suffering of animals when buying cosmetics?

Animal proteins

There are several proteins used in cosmetics. The most popular is collagen, which has a strengthening and strength-enhancing function in the epidermis, tendons and bones. It is used in creams and as a component of many serums, as well as in aesthetic medicine. Elastin, on the other hand, has a moisturizing function. In the body that produces it, it is responsible for the elasticity and firmness of the skin, but after delivery from the outside it does not retain these properties. The third protein is creatine, which is particularly common in hair cosmetics. Its addition makes the hair not too easy to break. This effect is short-lived and recent studies have shown that creatine contains formaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance. All these proteins are obtained from animals slaughtered in industrial breeding - birds, cows, pigs. Therefore, they should not be in a cosmetic that is supposed to be free from cruelty.

Traps in perfume

Sensual, exclusive perfumes can also contain ingredients from animals. These are, among other things, civets obtained from the perinatal glands of an African civet, a small animal that is bred specifically for this purpose or caught so that producers can obtain this substance. The ambergris, on the other hand, is collected from the surface of waters or banks.

Ingredients of perfume

It is a discharge from the gastrointestinal tract of huge marine mammals, black puddles. Its original smell is not encouraging - it resembles a horse dung. However, after processing in alcohol, ambergris perfectly strengthens the smells of other substances. The third, most popular ingredient of animal origin in perfumes is musk, a secretion from the glands of muskrats and muskrats. These animals are most often bred for skin and meat and also provide musk.

Humidification, alleviation at the expense of animals

Also, soothing and moisturizing cosmetics are not always organic and cruelty free. A popular ingredient of such creams is lanolin, obtained from sheep's wool, camel and other wool. It is a blend of esters that soothes irritated skin and is often used in cosmetics for pharmacies, with medical lines. In many people it causes strong allergies. Moisturizing cosmetics, on the other hand, sometimes contain chitosan, extracted from the armour of crabs and other crustaceans, and require killing them.

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