Would you color your lips with crushed insects, moisturize them with sheep’s wool fat, would you add a shiny touch with fish scales? Sounds like a horror story? Unfortunately, many of us do it without even knowing it. In addition to the yuck factor, these ingredients are non-vegan and can cause serious allergic reactions. Find out how to recognize them on ingredient labels and why you should avoid them:
The crimson red color in many lipsticks, dyes and other cosmetics, comes from the crushed mealybug beetles. Cochineal beetles (Dactylopius Coccus) are small insects that feed on cactus plants in Central and South America. The cockroaches are immersed in hot water, dried and then crushed to give the intense red color. In the ingredient lists, it will be listed under the name of Carmine or Cochineal extract, Ponceau 4R, cochineal red A, bright red, new coccolino, SX violet. Carmine can cause allergic reactions in some people, manifesting themselves as soreness of the lips with chapping and bleeding or leading to the development of respiratory problems and even asthma. It is also known to cause hyperactivity in children.
Unfortunately, Carmine is not only used in some lipsticks and lip glosses, but also in the food industry for coloring candy, yogurt, apple sauce, baked goods, red drinks. Do you still want your strawberry yogurt or that glass of Campari? How disgusting!
Lanolin is a type of oily or waxy substance produced from sheep’s wool. Lanolin is widely used in lipsticks and other cosmetics to provide barrier protection to chapped skin, soothe dryness and provide moisture. There are over 100 lipsticks on the market that contain lanolin, including some sold by famous brands. Some people may have an allergy to lanolin, causing them to develop symptoms when they come into contact with wool or other products containing lanolin, such as cosmetic products and lotions. Some of the most common symptoms of a lanolin allergy include a rash, swelling and nasal congestion. Additional respiratory symptoms can develop in some people and are especially dangerous for those with lung problems such as asthma.
- Fish scales (guanina)
Guanine is a crystalline material obtained from fish scales. In lipsticks and other cosmetics and personal care products, guanine is used to give shine or shine to the product. Needless to say, if you are allergic to fish, you shouldn’t consider putting scales on your lips or skin.
In addition to the dangers associated with the development of an allergic reaction to any of the above ingredients and to the yuck factor, if you are vegan or have made a conscious choice not to use animal ingredients in your cosmetics, you have one more reason to read carefully the cosmetic labels, to ensure that they do not contain any of these ingredients.