By Abby Vinas
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Everyone wants skincare products that work, but how many of us also pay attention to ingredients and how products are actually made? Skin is your body’s largest organ so a proper routine is vital to maintain its overall health. Vegan skincare makes it easy to treat your skin with the love it deserves and see the results you want -- and here’s why.
What is Vegan Skincare?
Veganism is most often associated with the choice to eliminate all animal-derived products from one’s diet. But veganism doesn’t just stop there -- your skincare and beauty routine can and should be veganized, too!
In the beauty industry, there’s a growing interest in using vegan products because they aren’t only effective, but they also serve a wonderful cause. Vegan skincare contains no animal-derived ingredients so you can help reduce your impact on the environment while maintaining a healthy complexion.
Many may be surprised to learn that cosmetics can contain animal-derived ingredients so we’re here to help clear things up. A few examples of such ingredients commonly used in skincare and beauty products include:
- Lanolin: an emollient derived from sheep’s wool that is used to soften and moisturize the skin
- Oleic acid: a softening and conditioning emollient derived from animal fat
- Collagen: often used in anti-aging skincare products and is derived from animal tissue, bone, skin, or ligaments
- Stearic acid: used as a thickening and hardening agent obtained from the stomachs of pigs, cows, or sheep
- Squalene: a chemical with anti-aging properties derived from the livers of sharks
- Glycerin: used to moisturize the skin and typically comes from animal fats
Thankfully, these ingredients and others have vegan alternatives in that they can be derived from plant sources as well. For example, glycerin can also be derived from soya, coconut oil, or palm oil while oleic acid can also be sourced from coconut, olives, and nuts.
Vegan skincare products are often also cruelty-free, but that isn’t always the case. It’s possible for a product to contain no animal-derived ingredients but still be tested on animals, so be on the lookout for labels that identify the product as both vegan and cruelty-free. Switching to vegan, cruelty-free skincare is one of the perfect first steps towards embracing a kinder, healthier lifestyle.
What Ingredients Go Into Vegan Skincare Products?
Have you ever taken a good look at the ingredient labels of products currently in your skincare routine? Your skin absorbs whatever you put on it so it’s important to be more mindful of what you use as well as when shopping for new products. Educating yourself on ingredients is a must, especially since mainstream brands can be full of dirty ingredients that do nothing good for your body. The last thing we want is to buy a product that promises to improve your skin, but actually harms your body and health in the process.
We know that navigating ingredient labels can be difficult but it’s much less intimidating when dealing with vegan skincare, which has minimal ingredients. When it comes to vegan skincare, you’ll see a variety of plant extracts with names you actually recognize like argan, green tea, oat kernel, and aloe. Food-based ingredients are also often found in vegan skincare, which can make shopping for vegan skincare feel like shopping for groceries. Coconut, lentil, citrus, cucumber, and more have found a place in cleansers, moisturizers, and face masks due to their high antioxidant content and skin-loving benefits.
What ingredients don’t go into vegan skincare products? Rest assured that they aren’t poisoned with parabens, harmful chemicals, toxins, or icky synthetics. As a result, vegan options tend to be safer and gentler on the skin. Skincare that’s good for you and your overall health? It’s a total win-win!
Is a Vegan Skincare Routine Right for You?
Upgrading to vegan skincare is a no-brainer. You don’t even have to be vegan to appreciate the benefits of a vegan skincare routine. You can find different products for different skin types and skin concerns such as acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, clogged pores, and more. You’re sure to find a vegan routine just for you.
But before you add anything to your cart, do your research and educate yourself on the ingredients to look for and seek out the vegan options available on the market today. And as with any other skincare product, always patch test new goodies to determine if they’ll cause any potential irritation when applied to the entire face. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, remember that your skin can develop allergies over time. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Ready to Try It Out?
Whether you’re a skincare guru or a skincare newbie, we’ve got you covered. We have everything you need to veganize your routine plus all of our vegan skincare treats are cruelty-free, gluten-free, and non-toxic.
If you’re looking to revamp your entire skincare routine, start off with one of our sets. Choose from our Clear Skin Routine, Essentials Routine, and Ultra Calming Routine to help you glow from the inside out in just three simple steps using plant-based ingredients like licorice root, witch hazel, olive and more. Our signature ingredient, Floralux from chlorophyll, is a serious skin superfood that feeds and defends cells with an alphabet of nutrients, boosting your natural beauty. It could be just the thing your skin’s been craving.
Want to build out your skincare routine even further? Add in some extra goodies! Treat your skin to a deep pore detox with our Clarifying Masque made with tea tree and aloe, or brighten up your under-eyes with our Eye Will Chill de-puff eye gel containing fennel, apple, and vitalizing vitamins. No matter what you choose to add to your routine, be sure to layer it all in the correct order to maximize the overall effectiveness of each product.
Your skin deserves some plant-powered goodness. Check out our full collection of vegan skincare here.
Abby Vinas has long been an active member of the holistic health community, advocating in favor of its benefits to both our physical and emotional well-being. Her commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle has made her an authority on self-care practices. Abby is passionate about fitness, nutrition, and proper skincare, and is also an avid lover of avocado toast and dog-petting.