The makeup that your skin consumes may not be Halal. Here's how to find out
Until recently only vegan and organic labels were seen in the beauty and skincare industry, but now, the term Halal has made its way to the list, and it has become way more than just a beauty trend.
Halal skin care products for women fills in the gap that was always there in the fashion industry- giving good quality makeup/skincare products, without resorting to any najis ingredients and animal-cruelty.
Also, the rise of halal products is backed by the fact that people have all turned value-conscious, and they want to know what goes into their products. It's no wonder that Google search for 'Halal Beauty' grew by more than 10x in 2021 alone!
So, buckle up, we are giving you a crash course on Halal beauty and cosmetics this Ramadan.
What are halal cosmetics?
Halal cosmetics are regular cosmetics minus animal-ingredients, animal by-products, najis ingredients, harmful chemicals and alcohol, plus clean and safe ingredients and ethical sourcing.
All in all, halal cosmetics are a symbol of cleanliness and purity, ensuring that no animal products are used in its sourcing, manufacturing, packaging and distribution.
Are Halal & vegan cosmetics the same thing?
Absolutely not. There is often a confusion that they are the same, and it is true that vegan does not contain any animal by-product, but they can contain alcohol, while Halal certified products don’t contain alcohol. So, technically, anything that is halal & vegan is really cool.
What exactly is halal certification in beauty and skincare?
To be certified halal, All the ingredients in cosmetic products must be traceable . Products must not contain any ingredients derived from pig, carrion, blood, human body parts, predatory animals, reptiles, and insects, among others.
It is a third party certification done to ensure that each and every ingredient used in the production of a product is sourced in a halal way, and that the production process is carried out by following utmost safety and hygiene. The certification also ensures that each process involved- right from sourcing to production, storage, packaging and distribution are halal-compliant.
So, any good halal brands that should be in my make up kit?
While there are many emerging brands in the halal space, very few are halal certified globally and are also made in Europe which has strict adherence to use of non-harmful chemicals. We managed to find one such brand - Lafz. Lafz is a leading Global Halal certified brand that offers a range of products which includes cosmetics as well as skin care. The advantage with Lafz is that along with being halal, every product is 100% vegan, contains no animal ingredients, is animal-cruelty free and dermatologically tested. We checked them out and their range is quite impressive as well - primer, foundation, lip sticks, nail polish, eye liner, CC cream, face washes and serums. Plus, their cosmetics are made from halal certified factories across Europe - Italy, Germany, France and Turkey, to name a few.
So, what do halal cosmetics contain?
It is actually what they do not contain that makes halal cosmetics so special.
You might love your red lipstick the most, but do you know how this red pigment is formed? Well, cochineal insects are killed, crushed and put in an acidic solution. This extracts the red dye from the insects.
Halal products are free from this harmful ingredient, and resort mostly to plant-based dyes.
It is a greasy substance that is made from the sebum secreted by animals. Sounds gross, right! But did you know that most personal care products like lotions and creams contain lanolin as a moisturizing agent?
Halal products on the other hand, do not contain lanolin, instead they use ingredients like shea butter or Vitamin E.
Beeswax when applied to skin, covers the skin with a thin layer of protective barrier, and hence it is found in a lot of makeup products, like sunscreen or even lipsticks. Beeswax, made from boiling honeycombs, just can’t be extracted in a halal way.
Gelatin is a protein obtained from animal collagen (skin, bones, tendons etc) and it is an active ingredient in face creams, sunscreen, and lotions.
Alcohol is used in cosmetic products like perfumes, deodorants, nail polish and nail polish remover. Often, prolonged use can cause skin allergies.
Halal products are 100% alcohol-free, and also free from animal ingredients and thus absolutely safe for all skin types, including the sensitive skin.
Chemicals like parabens, sulfates and alike are often used in most cosmetic and personal care products. But these ingredients can cause skin allergies like redness and swelling on the skin. Further, since these ingredients get absorbed by the skin, they could pose some internal damage as well.
Halal Ingredients being free from these chemicals, are absolutely safe for the skin- inside and out.
So, how do I know if my beauty product is Halal?
Just look for halal logo on the pack. Even better, check if the product is UAE national halal certified.
Again, Lafz cosmetics was the only UAE national Halal certified brand we could find - a stamp of approval that very few brands have managed to get.
Do check them out: www.lafz.com
So, what's our verdict?
Skin is the biggest organ in the human body. So, it is important to know what we feed our skin. We are generally conscious about eating Halal, but it is time we also explore and dive deeper into the world of halal cosmetics and personal care products. After all, halal is more than just food, it's a way of life.
And we, here in the Middle East, knew the halal way of life all along 😉