Vegan skincare is a hot topic in the beauty world. With more and more people embracing veganism, brands worldwide are focusing on creating products which are certified vegan, leading to wider availability of vegan skincare than ever before.
But vegan products don’t just have to be used by vegans. Top beauty brands worldwide are launching products with a mass appeal, with products that are suitable for all. While vegan skincare understandably has benefits for vegans, have you considered the benefits for non-vegans too? While you might think it’s just a label, there could be more to non-vegan skincare than you know.
So why should you care about vegan skincare as a non-vegan? Discover some of the reasons why below.
Vegan skincare and non-vegan skincare: what’s the difference?
Vegan skincare means skincare which is free from animal-derived products. This can include ingredients such as collagen, squalene, beeswax, honey, gelatin and others. These ingredients are commonly found in most skincare products, but vegan beauty products will have been made without them, ensuring no animal products are used.
Some people confuse the concept of vegan skincare with being cruelty-free. Cruelty-free means that the ingredients nor the product have been tested on animals. Skincare can be cruelty-free and non-vegan, but it can also be vegan and not cruelty-free. However, many vegan skincare manufacturers also ensure their products are cruelty-free, ensuring no animals whatsoever are involved in their production.
Most vegan skincare will advertise that it’s vegan, or you can look out for PETA’s list of animal-derived ingredients so that you know what to look out for in your skincare.
The benefits of vegan skincare
Vegan products are usually made from organic, natural ingredients
Many vegan skincare products contain fewer ingredients than your typical skincare, meaning you’re more likely to be putting organic and natural ingredients on your skin. As our skin absorbs around 60% of what we put on it, this is something important to bear in mind.
It’s kinder to the environment
By avoiding the use of animal products, vegan skincare can be produced without some of the negative effects of farming. This helps reduce pollution, as well as the number of pesticides we’re exposed to.
Added vitamins and antioxidants
With vegan skincare using many natural and plant-based ingredients, vegan skincare can contain added vitamins and antioxidants, which are great for your skin. Giving your skin added nourishment can help reduce the signs of ageing, as well as help it radiate with health.
It can be better for sensitive skin
Many skincare products contain harsh chemicals and fragrances, which can cause problems for sensitive skin. With a greater emphasis on natural and organic products, sensitive skin types can enjoy a number of benefits from vegan skincare.
High-quality, effective skincare
There is a stigma around vegan skincare from non-vegans that it might not be as effective as non-vegan skincare. However, brands like Fether have created some incredible vegan skincare products which feature proven active ingredients to help you achieve your skincare goals.
Another common misconception around vegan skincare is that it’s more expensive than its non-vegan counterparts. There are plenty of affordable options out there, especially as more and more brands are manufacturing vegan beauty and skincare. You might find that some skincare items are cheaper than your current go-to products!
It’s widely available
Years ago, you would have had to search high and low to get your hands on different vegan products. It’s a much different story today. As veganism has become more popular (helped by campaigns such as Veganuary and better awareness of sustainability and environmental issues), new and existing brands have been quick to meet the growing demand. You can now easily find vegan skincare in your supermarket, drugstore or online, giving you multiple options for finding high-quality vegan skincare.
If you’re interested in trying vegan skincare for yourself, the good news is that there is a wide range of products available for you to try. From cleansers to moisturisers and even serums and face masks, there are a lot of different products for you to try. As a non-vegan, there’s nothing stopping you enjoying the benefits of vegan skincare and seeing the difference it can make to your skin.