You May Not Be Using Halal Cosmetic Products – and Why this Matters
Many consumers are not aware that some cosmetic and beauty products we use daily can contain non-halal elements, such as certain animal fats or alcohol.
You may wonder why this even matters, since make up is applied on to the face and not ingested, however, there are several reasons that might make people switch to halal cosmetics.
According to Dubai-based beauty and fashion blogger, Wafa Yahya, owner of the style blog, Wafa’s Diary, the preference for halal cosmetics is increasing among Muslim women, especially now that Ramadan is approaching.
“There is a growing awareness in the Muslim world that not all cosmetic products are beneficial as some do not use halal ingredients,” Wafa said. “Especially as the holy month of Ramadan is approaching, many Muslim women are more particular about the beauty and cosmetic products they currently use.”
Some of the reasons Wafa mentions as her motive for seeking halal cosmetics are that you unintentionally ingest your lipstick, which may contain traces of alcohol, or non-halal animal fats.
Another reason is that foundations and concealers can penetrate your skin, especially after being worn for several hours. Some of these products contain pork-extracted gelatin, collagens, and keratin, she said, so these components can be absorbed into the skin as well.
Other products in question are waterproof nail care products like cuticle oils; because before praying people must perform “wudu” – ablution – and these products could prevent water from touching the nail, Wafa said. New products have emerged, and claim to be breathable, and thus allow air and moisture to penetrate the nail. These can used as an alternative to nail polish and waterproof cuticle oils.
The final reason she mentioned was that it simply gives you peace of mind. Whether related to religion or not, being aware of what the products you use contain should always factor into selecting brands.