Are vegan products better for your skin?

What is vegan skin care and is it better for you?

Vegan products make use of solely plant-based ingredients, and therefore no harmful chemicals are absorbed by your skin, making them more beneficial than standard skincare products. As a result, there are great vegan skincare, makeup, and hair growth serums to choose from. Unfortunately, many companies claim they have the best brands; however, you never know how trustworthy they are. For example, Vegamour offers plant-based hair growth serums made from natural resources with promising results.

Benefits of using vegan products on your skin

Your skin is known to absorb 60% of anything that touches it. Unfortunately, animal-based products use synthetic ingredients that can harm one’s skin. On the other hand, there are no chemicals or artificial additives when using plant-based products. Therefore everything is natural and non-toxic. Moreover, many vegan skincare products use aloe vera, chamomile, and tea tree, which help remove excess oil, prevent your pores from being clogged and leave your skin feeling silky and soft. They are also rich in vitamins B, C, and E, contributing to cell regeneration. In addition, they have anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in antioxidants. Meaning that anyone with susceptible skin should not be affected when using these products. Lastly, vegan products have not harmed any animals during their testing.

The difference between vegan and vegan-friendly

One might think that both terms mean the same thing; however, they are slightly different. For example, if a company were to label their product as vegan, it would mean that they have undergone a process to get their products approved by ensuring they have not tested on any animals. Therefore their product would then display a ‘Vegan Trademark’ highlighting their product as vegan. On the other hand, if a company has not gone through this process, they will label their product as vegan-friendly, meaning it is appropriate for vegans to eat; however, the product may have used animal testing. Therefore, being vegan-friendly is not the same as being cruelty-free. 

Vegan-friendly vs. cruelty-free

Both vegan-friendly and cruelty-free mean two different things entirely. For example, when a company labels their products as vegan-friendly, they inform their customers that none of their ingredients are artificial or extracted from animals. Hopefully, no animal testing has taken place either. However, cruelty-free products inform their customers that while no animal testing has taken place, some of the ingredients in the product might be artificial or extracted from animals. 

Brands that are vegan and cruelty-free

Many individuals are becoming more alternative and environmentally friendly conscious. Due to this, many brands have either re-branded themselves or started introducing vegan and cruelty-free products. It can be pretty challenging navigating which brands are truly vegan and cruelty-free. However, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has approved a list of skincare brands—Ferver, Alchimie Forever, Dr. Botanicals, Pacifica, 7th Heaven are just some of the brands to choose from. Even men’s facial companies, such as Billy Jealously, are vegan and cruelty-free.

People are starting to become aware of the importance of supporting vegan and cruelty-free brands. Not only in the sense of preventing animal abuse but also in making sure that they are putting healthy and natural ingredients back into their body.