Vegan Skin care
What is Vegan Skin care? Our skin absorbs up to 60% of the products we apply to it – it’s a scary thought if those products are synthetic, processed and full of preservatives, chemicals and toxins. If you’re going to clean up your diet for the same reasons, why not make your beauty cabinet healthier too?
What is Vegan Skin care?
Vegan skin care is produced without harm to animals (i.e. cruelty-free) and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients, animal by-products or animal-derived products. Common animal ingredients used in skincare include beeswax, lanolin, hyaluronic acid, urea and squalane.
Vegan formulas are sometimes given a hard time – are they as effective as non-vegan products? Are they more expensive? Do they have as long a shelf life?
Contains No Animal By-Products
If you take a closer look at the ingredients list of a traditional beauty product, you may be shocked to learn some of the stuff they put in it. Many of these non-vegan skin care products contain the by-products of alive or even dead animals.
For example, these beauty products often include lanolin from sheep wool, beeswax, uric acid from cows, gelatin from pig’s skin, or extracts from dead insects. Not only are these materials unethical and gross, but they’re also not very gentle on the skin.
On the contrary, vegan skin care products are 100% free from animal by-products. Nothing animal-related is incorporated in their ingredients, making, or packaging.
Does Vegan Skin care mean cruelty-free?
Unfortunately, even though one thinks that Vegan should mean cruelty-free, unfortunately that is not necessarily the case. While Vegan does not have animal-derived ingredients, and most ingredients are plant-based or synthetically created in a lab – all of these ingredients still mean that they could be tested on animals.
Vegan Skin care rich in Vitamins
When we look at vegan food, it is rich in plants which contain minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. You feel far healthier if you eat foods in their natural state – and the same logic applies to skin care. Your skin will thrive off being fed natural, vegan ingredients.
These ingredients include vitamins A, C and E, natural oils, such as cacay, argan and rosehip, algae, soybean extracts, hemp seed extracts and so on. These ingredients are as, if not more effective, than their synthetic counterparts, since they are closer to their natural state. (Though beware, as the terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ do not mean the product is vegan.)
Why we think Vegan skin care is better for the environment
While it’s true that animal cruelty is a major concern when it comes to animal-based beauty products, the harmful effects of such products can extend beyond animals to include the environment as well.
The animal-based beauty industry can cause air pollution, water pollution, and deforestation. In fact, scientists at the Smithsonian Institution calculated that seven football field’s worth of land is bulldozed every minute to provide more room for farmed animals and the crops that feed these animals.
However, with vegan skin care products, sustainability is not an issue. There’s no need for deforestation (if anything, more plants are always welcome or science based ingredients!), and pollution is out of the equation because there are no animal by-products involved.