What Are The Benefits of Switching to a Vegan Beauty Routine?
Pure Skin Lab uncover the wonders of following a vegan beauty routine for skin, wellbeing, ethics and environment
The rise of vegan cosmetics has developed dramatically in the past five years, with many popular brands opting to use cruelty-free and vegan formulas. In fact, it was reported a 175 per cent increase in vegan beauty product launches occurred within the past decade, thanks to changes in consumer behaviour.
As the growth of these companies continue, so does the growth in knowledge surrounding the multiple gains of switching to vegan cosmetics. From the ethical standpoint to the protection of the environment, and the wealth of skincare benefits that come with choosing all-natural ingredients, there are multiple positives to changing.
Here are just some of the benefits you can experience from switching to a vegan beauty routine.
Vegan skincare and make up can be a great choice for those experiencing sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, as they contain less ingredients and use natural formulas.
Your skin absorbs up to 60 per cent of the products you apply to it and, thankfully, many vegan cosmetics do not contain harsh or synthetic chemicals, which are more likely to increase the chances of skin irritation or rashes.
In addition to being fantastic for those with sensitive skin, vegan beauty products can be brilliant for all skin types, as plant-based formulas contain natural ingredients with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which can hydrate and nourish the skin.
It’s important to read the ingredients list to ensure the product you choose is appropriate for your skin type.
Vegan beauty products are often sustainably sourced due to the nature of their plant-based ingredients, such as aloe vera, tea tree and jojoba oil. By switching to a vegan beauty routine, you are investing in and supporting sustainable farming, manufacturing, and the overall supply chain.
A further fantastic environmental benefit of choosing vegan skincare products is that their packaging tends to be low waste, refillable, or even better, waste-free, such as shampoo and conditioner bars.
Tonnes of waste ends up in our environment and landfill year on year, so buying products which help reduce this waste is a step in the right direction for a healthier planet.
Being aware of the ingredients in a product, or the packaging materials can help you shop more mindfully. This slower and more mindful shopping can be brilliant for your overall wellbeing, embracing the art of holistic living.
Holistic living recognises that our mind, body, and external surroundings are all connected, seeing them as a whole and not as separate entities and practices look to engage all three together in order to promote overall positivity.
For example, you may become more mindful when shopping and selecting products. Being more emotionally alert to the ingredients or processes that went in to creating a product, such as questioning whether it has been tested on animals, or unnecessarily contains animal products, can lead to more mindful purchases.
The ethical benefits of switching to a vegan beauty routine are numerous; from choosing products that are not tested on animals, to those which ingredients have been farmed ethically with both the environment and farmers in mind.
When purchasing, it’s important to check that the product is vegan, meaning it doesn’t contain any animal products, such as lanolin, as well as cruelty-free, indicating that it hasn’t been tested on animals before hitting the shelves.
These are just a few of the incredible benefits of switching to a vegan routine, but they are sure to make a positive change to your wellbeing, skin, the planet and to animals.
Article by Pure Skin Lab for Vegan Life