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Vegan Skincare: What is it and why does it matter?

Women using skincare product.

Photo Credit: Kalos Skincare

Since we’re all about Veganuary this month, of course, we had to dive into this topic. If you know what the vegan lifestyle is all about, you know that many vegans do not only eliminate animal products from their diet but also their skincare routine - with good reason.

So, what makes skincare not vegan?!

Vegan skincare products are products that do not contain animal products and have not been tested on animals.

You would be shocked at the ingredients in many makeup and skincare products. From TURTLE oil to SNAILS and BUG JUICE - we've seen it all.

Vegan vs. Cruelty-Free Skincare: What's the difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between vegan and cruelty-free skincare products is? Well, there's a clear distinction and something you should definitely pay attention to.

Vegan skincare products are free of animal products and they're also cruelty-free - meaning they have not been tested on animals.

Cruelty-free products have not been tested on animals but can still contain animal products.

What are the Benefits of Vegan Skincare?

The most obvious reason why you should switch to vegan skincare is definitely the environment. Raising animals for ingredients is one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gas emissions which is so detrimental for the planet. If you want to help the environment, vegan skincare is the way to go.

But that's not all, plant-based skincare is also better for you. Non-vegan skincare is more likely to irritate your skin, clog your pores, or cause acne than plant-based skincare.

Lastly, vegan skincare is more nutrient rich. Plants are an incredible source of antioxidants and vitamins that promote glowing and healthy looking skin.

The Top Vegan Skincare Brands

If you're interested in trying out vegan skincare products, here's Lauren's favorite brands and products:  

  • Ilia Makeup - Not all of their products are vegan, but they do have some.  All of their products are Leaping Bunny Certified (cruelty-free) and clean.  A favorite is their brow gel
  • True Botanicals - An SF-based company, all of their products are vegan except Everyday Sheer Coverage (contains silk powdeR).  Favorites include Pure Radiance Oil
  • Potency 710 - Favorites include the Gold Face Serum, CBD Modern Mist, and Future Face
  • Youth to the People
  • 100% Pure
  • Amomati Medicinals
  • Yaocihuatl Organic

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