Why Vegan skin care?

You hear increasingly more about vegan nutrition these days.  And an increasing number of people fulfillment in vegan nutrition.  But did you know that the term “vegan” is not just a form of nutrition, but actually an attitude towards life?  That is why there is more vegan skin care products that also have a vegan seal.  But how do vegan products differ from normal care products? In principle, they must not contain any substances that originate from living or dead animals. But the word on the package does not guarantee that this is really the case. Not using products of animal origin has made the leap out of the niche. “Vegan” is no longer just about muesli packs or drinks. Cosmetics manufacturers have also jumped on the trend.

Thus, today we are introducing you to the subject of “Vegan Skin Care”!

The Economist declared 2019 as the year of the vegan, reporting that a quarter of millennials identify as vegan or vegetarian. Outspoken celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z are encouraging fans to become vegan, if not for ethical reasons, then because of health and environmental benefits. In a 2018 report, the vegan food industry recorded 20 percent growth over the previous year, with sales peaking at $3.3 billion.

This demand for all things vegan has made other industries take notice, especially beauty.

“Beauty follows food because we use a lot of the same ingredients,” said Sarah,  the founder of vegan & natural beauty brand Naya. “If they’re good to ingest, then they’re typically great to apply topically. And our skin also needs 5 a day.”

What means „Vegan“?

The term “vegan” refers to a way of life in which no animal products are used or eaten.  When it comes to the ingredients of the vegan skin care products, care is taken to ensure that they are not of animal origin and are not tested on animals.  In some cases, vegan people completely refrain from using animals in their lives.  They then also do not own animals. This means no pets and are also against keeping animals in animal parks and zoos.

How do I know a product is vegan?

There are already several seals in place to quickly make it clear that the chosen product is a vegan skin care product.  But you shouldn’t just be influenced by the seals, as some seals require a license fee.  Not all companies can raise this license.  Often these companies then write the term “vegan” on their products of their own accord.  If you want to confirm, we always recommend to reach out to the brand to confirm with them directly which products are vegan; if they are not a 100% vegan brand.

Otherwise, leading a vegan life means a life full of research, because unfortunately many companies do not use clear seals even though they are vegan.  Some still use ingredients of animal origin in their products.  Furthermore, the vegan life is also a matter of interpretation by the person themselves, because everyone can decide for themselves to what extent they live a vegan life.  Some people only pay attention to the vegan diet, others in turn do without animal products even for everyday objects of any kind.

Does Vegan mean natural?

Vegan, cruelty-free, organic, eco – it all sounds good, but doesn’t mean the same thing. “Vegan cosmetics are not necessarily natural cosmetics or vice versa,” explains Dermatologist Bee. After all, natural ingredients can also come from animals. Only substances from living animals may be contained in products tested by NaTrue or the BDHI. “You can often find beeswax, honey or milk in it, for example,” says pharmacist Bäumer.

Components of dead vertebrates, such as mink oil or marmot fat, are not permitted. In contrast, raw materials from invertebrates are not excluded. Many manufacturers of vegan cosmetics try to avoid this too, and rely on synthetically produced alternatives. Hyaluronic acid, for example, used to be obtained from rooster combs. It is now almost exclusively produced using biotechnology. “There are actually no animal substances that cannot be replaced by vegetable ones,” says expert Bee.

Does Vegan mean a product is sustainable? 

Vegan does not always mean sustainability.  Vegan skin care products can still be in plastic packaging or contain microplastics.  This can still make it an environmentally harmful product, despite the vegan aspect.  It also doesn’t mean it is natural or organic. Here you always have to weigh up at your own discretion what ultimately appears to be more important.

Which ingredients do I have particularly focus? 

There are certain ingredients of animal origin that are found in many products.  The most famous of these are:

 * Carmine → ground lice

 * Urea → uric acid

 * Keratin → bones and feathers

 * Elastin → tendons

 * Collagen → protein from animal tissue

 Alternative vegan ingredients would be e.g.  Soy, wheat protein and almond oil.

Siegel für nachhaltige und vegane Hautpflege Produkte

To give you a little help, we show you a few common seals for vegan and sustainable products.  Keep in mind, however, that not all companies use this seal and that you have to research some of the ingredients yourself.  If you have special questions, you can also contact the companies themselves. And a deal only means that the company paid a license fee. One can also add VEGAN to the product without the seal.

The Vegan Beauty Effect

Perhaps the biggest benefit to come out of the vegan beauty movement is that it’s pushing consumers to assess ingredients. “People are starting to question and research what they’re buying, and I think that’s empowering,” said Sarah.

All signs point to an industry that’s working toward being not only cleaner, but also vegan and cruelty-free.

The future of the beauty industry is vegan and not animal-tested. Not every company has realized this yet, but a lot of them have, and those are the ones that are going to get ahead and stay in business. We’re in discussions with enough of them to know that this is, without question not only a trend but a way of life to stay.