Many women and girls apply makeup every morning. When putting on makeup or applying a little cologne or perfume, most people do not have to worry that it will harm them in any way. We all just expect our cosmetics to be safe, but how exactly are they tested to make sure they are safe? To make sure these products are safe we test them on animals. That leaves the testing to be done on animals. At first, it seems like a good idea to test on animals. Testing on animals seems like a good way to make sure that cosmetics are safe for humans to use, until we realize that animals are in no way similar to humans. Animals have fur, their skin is different, their organ makeup is different, and they even feel pain differently than we do. “The only universal model for a human-that is, one which would best predict what would happen at a given endpoint across the full range of chemical structures, concentration, etc. - is other humans”(Ojeda 105). This proves that we cannot just test on animals, but that further testing still has to be done on humans to make sure that the product is safe for humans to use. Testing cosmetics on animals should be banned because there are better, more humane, ways of testing cosmetics to make sure that they are safe.
A way to make it so we will not have to worry about harmful chemicals in cosmetics harming humans would be to use all natural ingredients. Most natural ingredients are not as harmful to the human body. “Natural cosmetic products and make-up are safer, healthier alternatives especially when these products are composed of all natural ingredients”(Stryker). Some natural ingredients can even have positive effects. Some all natural foundations can help clear acne. When we stop and think about what is actually in our makeup, how much of it is really natural and how much is chemically make in a factory? Some cosmetics have hundreds of unidentifiable chemicals in them(Stryker). When we look at it that...
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