Whether you’re a new vegan, a flexitarian or just trying to do better, extending your vegan lifestyle beyond food can have a positive effect on your health and the environment. Though many assume all skincare is vegan (after all why would there be any need for animal products in personal care?), it might come as a surprise that animal products are lurking everywhere from shampoos to cleansers, face serums to moisturisers. Avoiding animal products can be even more of a challenge when you’re not aware of them in the first place.
That’s where certified vegan skincare comes in. Different from “cruelty-free” where a product is created without being tested on animals, vegan products contain no animal ingredients like milk or honey as well as never testing their products on animals. Aside from the confidence of knowing your purchase hasn’t come at the expense of animals, there are a few key benefits to be gained by switching to vegan products…
1. Vegan skincare is good for the planet
High-quality vegan skincare is often formulated with sustainable, natural and organic ingredients which is kinder to the environment in its production and post-use life cycle. Vegan products are free from nasty animal by-products such as uric acid from cows, pesticide exposure via animals exposed to industrial farming and other pollutants. This means that vegan skincare products are less likely to break down into harmful components and can help shift the heavy pollution associated with industrial farming practices.
2. Going vegan is good for your skin
As the body’s biggest organ, your skin is both tough and fragile. This hardworking organ is responsible for keeping out environmental pollutants and protecting the body from germs. As allergies continue to affect more and more people around the world, avoiding animal products is one way of ensuring your skin is not agitated by even more allergens and toxins.
Whether you have acne, eczema, rosacea, or skin that’s too dry or oily skin, a good vegan product is the perfect way to give your skin a break and nurture its health with quality plant-based ingredients. Vegan skincare contains no harsh or artificial ingredients, can be safely absorbed into the body and is less likely to irritate the skin barrier.
3. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants
Another benefit of vegan skincare is that the active ingredients derived from plants are abundant in antioxidants, vitamins, and natural oils to help repair and maintain the skin. As the richest source of naturally-derived active ingredients, vegan skin products are gentler on the skin and more bioavailable than harsh chemical alternatives.
There are many good reasons why vegan beauty is now just as good as products that contain animal products. Not only will your skin receive the natural and nourishing care it deserves, but you’re also doing your part to end animal cruelty and protect the environment.