By Abby Vinas
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Why Switch to Vegan Skincare?
We know that completely converting to veganism is no easy task. It’s good to find an easy place to start, such as your beauty routine.
Whether you’re vegan or not, switching to vegan skincare is something everyone should consider. What used to be a niche category has been gaining popularity over the years. People are becoming increasingly aware of how the products they use on their bodies impact their overall health along with the environment. Vegan products have become one of the best ways to live a more environmentally-conscious and compassionate lifestyle.
Vegan skincare products have garnered positive attention from dermatologists since they typically contain minimal ingredients and are primarily plant-based. Rather than irritating the skin with harsh chemicals and harmful synthetics, vegan beauty and skincare products contain more vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients to soothe and nourish skin.
What’s the Difference Between Vegan and Cruelty-Free?
In case you were wondering, the terms vegan and cruelty-free are not one and the same; unfortunately, a product can contain no animal-derived ingredients but still be tested on animals. So if you’re interested in making the switch to vegan skincare, take the extra step to make sure your products are cruelty-free, too.
With this in mind, it may be time for you to take a good look at all the products that are currently part of your skincare routine to see which ones are both vegan and cruelty-free, and which ones need to be swapped out. It may be suprising to know that some of the biggest brands in the beauty industry still test on animals so there’s a good chance you’ll end up tossing out one of your makeup or skincare faves.
Luckily, vegan beauty and skincare has become much more accessible today, so it’s that much easier to make the switch and start a healthier habit for your skin. All you need to do is start paying attention to ingredient lists and ensuring that your products are clearly labeled as being vegan and cruelty-free before buying. This applies to all parts of your skincare routine, including cleansers, treatments, moisturizers, serums, and even face masks.
Are Vegan Face Masks Better for Your Skin?
Stressed skin? Sounds like it’s time for a face mask. If face masks aren’t already part of your skincare routine, you’re missing out! Face masks are one of the best ways to treat your skin to a facial in the comfort of your own home rather than making a trip to the spa, but make sure your face mask is vegan, too. Popular ingredients in vegan masks include clay, charcoal, and other plant-based ingredients such as aloe and herbal extracts. Plus, vegan face masks are a great way to practice self-care. Turn your skincare routine into a therapeutic, well-deserved pampering session by taking the time to relax, destress, and unwind as your face mask does all the hard work.
Types of Vegan Face Masks
To get the most out of a vegan face mask, use one designed to address your specific skin type or skin concern. There are plenty of mask options to help with whatever your skin may need. The best part? You can mix and match by using different masks on different occasions depending on how your skin is feeling.
If you’re wondering “Are face masks good for acne?” then the answer is yes! Clay masks are especially useful for those with acne-prone or oily skin because they’re typically made with bentonite or kaolin clay, which help give your skin a deep clean by pulling out impurities and eliminating excess oil. Our Clarifying Masque contains the perfect blend of tea tree, witch hazel, licorice root, aloe and Floralux from chlorophyll to help rejuvenate, even skin tone and texture, battle blemishes, and tighten pores.
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To tackle dryness and dull skin, you’ll want to use something different. Our Hydrating Masque helps brighten and moisturize the skin with the help of coconut, bergamot, chamomile and sandalwood. Your skin will feel smoother, softer, and refreshed after just one use. But instead of using one mask at a time, give multi-masking a try. Multi-masking involves uses different masks on different areas of the face to address multiple skin concerns at once.
Most of your skincare products should be used everyday for best results, but vegan clay masks are better suited for weekly use to avoid drying out the skin.
Sheet masks are often infused with serums containing intensely hydrating ingredients and botanical extracts. Aloe, rose, cucumber, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C are just some of the ingredients found in sheet masks to help leave your skin dewy and plump.
Sheet masks are typically made of various materials like paper, fiber, cotton, or gel, which prevents quick water evaporation and serves as a physical barrier to seal everything into the skin. Using a sheet mask is easy — all you need to do is remove the sheet from the packet, place and smooth it neatly on your face, and wait for it to work its magic. Great for all skin types, sheet masks can give your skin a boost of hydration, help fight premature aging, or bring out your natural glow.
For a little extra fun, you can try making your own vegan face mask! You might be surprised to learn that you can pamper your skin using simple ingredients found in your own kitchen.
Make a moisturizing mask by mixing together avocado, aloe vera gel, and dairy-free coconut yogurt. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe skin while coconut is known for its hydration benefits. Avocados contain essential antioxidants and omega fatty acids that help moisturize the skin and maintain flexibility.
For an exfoliating mask, mix coconut oil with brown sugar to help slough off dead skin cells and reveal smoother, brighter skin. Brown sugar is a natural exfoliant and coconut oil contains healthy fats and vitamin E to leave skin baby soft.
With just a quick Google search you can find hundreds of vegan face mask recipes, so prepare to be mixing and masking every day!
How to Properly Use a Vegan Face Mask
Using a face mask might seem straightforward, but it’s always best to educate yourself on proper technique when it comes to skincare. Avoid the common face masking mistakes so you can maximize your mask’s effectiveness and follow these steps:
1. Use on a Clean Face
A skincare routine should always start with a freshly washed face. This also means removing any makeup!
2. Apply Using Clean Hands
This step is particularly important if you are using a clay mask. Avoid spreading oil, dirt, and bacteria from your fingertips to your face by washing your hands right before application or using a clean brush.
3. Follow the Instructions
All masks should be left on the skin for a specified amount of time. Some people mistakenly believe that if they leave a mask on for longer than directed, it will work even better. However, leaving it on for too long can actually cause adverse effects on the skin like dryness.
4. Rinse Thoroughly
Sheet masks don’t require you to wash your face after removal, but you do need to wash your face if using a clay mask. To do so, try soaking a small towel in lukewarm water and gently wiping off the mask. By using a towel, you don’t have to leave the faucet running while you rinse your face, thereby saving water.
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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.