Welcome to my third instalment of Ask Auntie Google! As I explained here, this is a platform where I share my own questions to Google with you. I Google a lot and on average have about 27 tabs open at any given stage on my phone’s browser. As a lot of them are work related, I won’t be sharing everything; but otherwise, anything goes.
# Omega 9
As I left the Omega 9 issue open in the air in my previous posts on vitamins here and here, I thought I’d share a titbit of info on it here. The question left unanswered was “why do you need Omega 9?”
This is what Google had to say: Most importantly, it is not something that you need to worry about (the Dischem store assistant was correct then). Omega 9 fats are not essential fatty acids, which mean you never have to supplement them. If your body needs them, it can make its own. It’s no bad for you, but you don’t need to supplement it through diet or pills. That’s the sweet and short of it, if you want to know more about the semantics, this article seemed to have a good overall summary.
# Does Botox help with chronic headaches?
So I recently saw a post on Instagram saying that Botox can help with headaches. Note the can, not will. So I decided to Google it as I’ve never heard of this claim before. And yes, this seems to be true. The FDA in the USA already approved Botox as a preventative treatment option for chronic migraines way back in 2010. From what I understand, doctors still prescribe it, and they are more likely to do so if several other options or procedures have been undertaken, and it is usually prescribed if the patient does not respond well to conventional migraine treatments / medications.
Botox are typically given as a treatment to chronic migraines every three months, and treatments span for a 15 month period. Where the doctor will inject the Botox depends on your migraines and is case specific.
So how does it help? The ultimate goal is to relief the symptoms of migraines, which include nausea, severe sensitivity to lights, sounds and smells, and vomiting. This and this article may be of further help if this is something that affects you.
# Which cosmetics companies don’t test on animals
Following my sudden burst of feeling socially responsible for animal testing by supporting brands that do test on animals, I decided to Google which companies do not test on animals. If this is old news for you, or if you don’t care about abused bunnies, thanks for reading up unto here, see you next time!
Just a little disclaimer here: this doesn’t mean that I will be getting rid of all cosmetics in my life that are from brands who test on animals (yes, how convenient you might say). No, this is about awareness for all future purchases. If I’ve already supported non-cruelty-free brands in the past, the cash is spent. Nothing is changing that. Okay, with that out of the way…
Seems like there’s no shortage on beauty blog posts out there bare riding this topic, so I’ll just keep it short and sweet. Also, there’s a lot of hoo-haa about being “completely” cruelty free, meaning that companies also don’t source from suppliers who tests on animals. Difficult to prove, we must take their word for it.
Something I definitely didn’t know and picked up through this quick Google search is that in order to sell your products in China, animal testing is required. So if your brand wants to gain that market share, you have to end your cruelty free status in order to sell your products there. Respect, gone.
In my search for a good list of cruelty free cosmetics brands, I’ve found this awesome list. Be warned, it’s long and contains more names than I know words. It is an international list and I don’t know 98% of the brands, but it’s a fantastic list which includes skincare, makeup and anything that could be cosmetics related.
PETA have their own list, which is also a mouthful. They have very innovative tools to search for cruelty free brands right here, you can even search for companies who sell in South Africa (but heads up, it’s not comprehensive at all, you can go and have a look for yourself).
I would really like to do a follow up on the opposite side of the story. To find out which companies do test on animals (proven as fact), as well as do a more specific search on cruelty free cosmetics that is available in SA, including local companies. Would you be interested?! 🙂