Why is vegan skincare worth the hype?
There was a time when the concept of veganism was restricted to just food and diet. Gradually, however, the vegan revolution bled in to the approach of skincare. This opened doors to a throng of vegan skincare brands.
But before we understand what vegan skincare is, let’s get to know about veganism.
What is veganism?
Veganism is the elimination of any and all animal products and animal by products. These include meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc. Veganism is a form of lifestyle that is encouraged in order to improve the environment and have a slightly more ethical approach to diet and beauty.
The vegan beauty space came to be not that long ago. Therefore, it still raises the same questions even to this day – ‘what does it mean?’, ‘is it as effective as regular beauty?’, ‘is it safe?’. Add to it, is the jarring confusion between vegan beauty and cruelty-free beauty! So, let’s mark this as our starting point to understanding vegan skincare and cruelty free skincare better.
Vegan skincare and cruelty free skincare are not the same thing!
Vegan skincare formulas contain absolutely no animal by products such as honey, beeswax, ghee, milk, lanolin (derived from wool), non – vegan squalene (shark liver oil), etc. They’re made from 100% botanical and plant-based extracts.
But! Just because a brand claims to be vegan, it doesn’t mean that it is cruelty-free. It is a possibility for botanical extracts and plant-based ingredients to be tested on animals to gauge their efficacy.
It’s self-explanatory. Cruelty-free skincare brands are those that don’t test on animals at all. Many brands like Simple are also PETA certified. However, some cruelty-free brands can have products made from animal-derived ingredients.
Just like how plant-based ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced, it is very much possible to also ethically source animal-derived ingredients like honey, beeswax, milk and ghee.
The best of both worlds
When a label reads both cruelty-free and vegan, this is when the products are 100% free of animal by products and not tested on animals. This, many conscious beauty enthusiasts believe to be the perfect holistic approach to ethical skincare.
So, the next time you check a label, you will have a better idea as to what to choose.
What’s the real debate?
Shopping for products that are cruelty-free but are made with animal by products isn’t a bad thing. However, do we need animal-derived ingredients to give our skin proper nourishment? No.
Yes, while these ingredients could be sustainably sourced, thanks to the ever-changing dynamic of the skincare industry, there have been plenty discovery of plant-based alternatives that do just the same.
Curating the right vegan skincare
Want to curate the right vegan skincare for yourself? Let’s plunge in!
Some amazing vegan ingredients you can look out for are:
- Carrier oils like rosehip oil, argan oil and hemp seed oil. These oils are present in moisturizers, lip balms, cleansers and serums. While rosehip oil and argan oil are deeply moisturizing, hemp seed oil softens skin and soothes it to reduce inflammation like the Simple Booster Serum with 10% Hemp seed oil.
- Plant-based squalane from olives or rice bran are God-sent when you want to restore your moisture barrier and get glowing skin.
- Thyme extracts and witch hazel are some really effective botanical extracts that you will love if you have oily skin. These detoxify the skin, reduce acne scarring and pimples. If this is music to your ears, then try something like the Simple Daily Skin Detox SOS Clearing Booster. This gem acts as a primer, spot corrector and even a face cream!
So, there you have it. Happy vegan skincare hunting!