By: Evelyn H. 

From fish and rats to monkeys and puppies, animals are used in tests for beauty products every day. You may not know it, but some of your favorite cosmetic brands test their products on animals. Don’t believe me? Well, do any of these names sound familiar to you? Think OPI, Neutrogena, etc. “But wait,” I hear you say, “I’ve never heard of these brands testing on animals!” Not in the USA, hmmm? Well, some brands pay for product testing in China. It’s awful and cruel, and tens of millions of animals die from it each year. Yet many buyers are kept in the dark about it, believing that their simple purchase of some eyeliner isn’t doing any harm. I believe it’s time for a change! Without further ado, here are my three helpful tips for being cruelty-free, and look great while doing it! 

Step 1: Don’t Buy 

The first step to taking down products tested on animals (PTA) is to simply not buy them in the first place. PTA companies, just like all other companies, obviously need consumers to buy their products. Well, if you make a point not to buy a PTA, that would act as a small protest. If you want to go the extra mile, you can convince your friends and family to stop buying cruelty products as well. Besides, you can still look fabulous without cruelty products! 

Step 2: In The Know 

This tip connects back to the tip you just read. This is how to tell if something is cruelty-free or not! You may feel inclined to search the web, but I would highly advise you not to. The internet, however much we love it, can be unreliable at times. You may read one article telling you that a product is totally pure, and then suddenly read another with the opposite opinion. To make things easier, just look for a simple symbol on your makeup packet. It is a small white square, with a jumping bunny and two shooting stars on either side. This is the international symbol for cruelty-free products, so if you don’t see it, don’t buy it! 

Step 3: Donate 

Donations are always appreciated by companies and organizations, but a donation to stop animal cruelty may help in more ways than one. Not only is it supporting a cause you believe in, but it is also showing how far people are willing to go to stop PTA. You are willing to give your hard-earned money for this! Something should be done! And any donation counts, even a couple of pennies. Not sure where to donate? Well, plenty of rescue shelters have donation buttons. Their donations often go to preventing animal cruelty, so go check it out! 

And there you go! Three tips on how to become cruelty-free. By following these simple tips, you can help make a change for animals all over the world. Make it your mission to look amazing, without hurting the animals you love. 

To learn more explore our source for this article, PETA . 

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