Transitioning to Vegan Beauty Products.
2019 was declared the ‘year of the vegan’, reporting that a quarter of millennials identified as vegan or vegetarian.
This demand for all things vegan has urged many industries to take notice and it’s looking like the future of the beauty industry will be vegan and cruelty-free.
Consumers are really starting to question and research what they are buying. Whether it’s for ethical reasons or good health, what’s really evident is that there appears to be a huge growing movement that’s not just about the food we put in our bodies, but making cruelty-free and sustainable choices when it comes to the beauty products we are using.
For some, the idea that there are animal-derived ingredients in their cosmetics might come as a shock, but it’s fairly common, especially when it comes to make-up.
Common animal-derived ingredients found in beauty products include honey, beeswax, lanolin (wool grease), squalene (shark liver oil), carmine (crushed-up beetles), gelatine (cow or pig bones, tendons or ligaments), allantoin (cow urine), ambergris (whale vomit) and placenta (sheep organs).
Previously, vegan’s beauty products were few and far between, but nowadays companies are releasing fantastic vegetarian and vegan products. This is driven not only by a huge rise in young people becoming vegan but by consumers who broadly agree that the harming of animals in the pursuit of beauty is unjustifiable.
Plant-based diets which are high in fruits and vegetables, are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to combat acne and reduce the formation of spots whilst promoting healthy and radiant skin. A plant-based diet is one of the best changes you make for your body internally for anti-ageing and overall skin health.
If you are looking to remove all animal-derived items out of your life, vegan cosmetics and beauty products are the way to go. But it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.
Don’t worry, though—we’re here to help you. First things first, cruelty-free means that the product was developed without any tests on animals, while vegan means that the product does not include any animal-derived ingredients.
Here is a list of vegan skincare brands that fit all budgets:
- Pai Skincare £ / ££ - www.paiskincare.com. Made in London, Pai, meaning "goodness"Skincare, uses clean, natural and nasty-free formulas, made primarily for people with sensitive skin. They offer a range of products
- The Pro Co ££ - www.pro-co.uk. The Pro Co are a natural, vegan skincare brand. Because their products are made to be absorbed by the skin, their ethos is to only provide clean and pure products, with no aggressive ingredients and absolutely no testing or using of animals. They also use only renewable and plastic-free packaging where possible.
- Osea Malibu £££ - www.oseamalibu.com. Osea believe that non-toxic skincare is vital for long-term health, beauty, and radiance. That is why their products are powered by plant-based ingredients so effective they eliminate the need for harmful synthetic ingredients entirely!
- Kypris Beauty ££££ - www.kyprisbeauty.com. Kypris is a luxurious line of high-performance, holistic skin care boasting organic, wild-crafted, and sustainably grown botanicals blended with the best of green biotechnology.
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