If you’ve switched to a vegan diet for ethical reasons, you’ll want to use vegan skincare products, too. But, what are the benefits of switching to vegan skincare? Is it better for your skin or the environment? And what does it mean when a product is called vegan? We answer these questions and more, below.
What does vegan skincare mean?
Vegan skincare is much the same as a vegan diet. Skincare products which are vegan shouldn’t contain any animal products or by-products. Honey and lanolin are two obvious examples.
While that ensures animals aren’t hurt during production, it also means that by-products like lanolin, which is derived from a non-harmful process that is helpful to sheep, don’t get used.
Is vegan skincare better for your skin?
It’s hard to say whether vegan skincare products are better for your skin than regular ones. Studies suggest that plant-based ingredients contain more vitamins. That doesn’t mean your skin will react better to them, though.
Everyone’s skin is different. Finding a vegan skin care range that suits your skin will be a case of trial and error. Shop around and find one that suits you before investing.
Will it prevent allergic reactions?
Just because something is vegan , doesn’t mean your skin won’t react to it. If you are worried about sensitive skin or an allergic reaction, always thoroughly read the ingredients first. Then test the product on a patch of skin behind your ear, leaving it on for 24 hours. If it’s ok, then you can apply it to the rest of your face.
Are vegan skincare products better for the environment?
Vegan skincare replaces animal by-products with plant-based or synthetic ingredients. The question is: are the plant-based ingredients sustainable? The sugar cane we use to make our biodegradable plastic bottles, for instance, is farmed sustainably. However, if the ingredients aren’t sustainably sourced, they could be doing harm to the environment.
Are vegan skincare products better than non vegan ones?
Skincare manufacturers fill their products with ingredients to improve the consistency, texture and lather. It’s why they’re able to produce rich, silky suds in the shower. As a result, when you switch to a vegan product you might notice a difference.
Does this make the products worse, or less effective? Not necessarily. Vegan products will still perform their functions: to clean your hair, moisturise your skin or cleanse your skin; they might just feel different when doing so.