What made you decide to go vegan? For your own wellbeing? A concern over animal welfare? A desire to make more eco-friendly choices? Veganism offers so many benefits and here we explore the advantages of using vegan skin care.
WHAT IS A SKIN CARE VEGANUARY?
Each year hundreds of thousands of people to pledge to switch to veganism for the month of January. Most will make dietary changes and will avoid consuming meat and dairy products for an entire month. A skin care Veganuary involves also scrutinising skin care labels and switching to vegan beauty products.
3 SKIN BENEFITS OF VEGANUARY
Veganism is a healthy and ethical lifestyle choice and over time it could support the health of your skin in several ways.
1) ANTI-BLEMISH BENEFITS
Dairy consumption has long-been associated with acne and ditching dairy may be beneficial for some of those with spot-prone skin
2) ANTIOXIDANT BENEFITS
Leafy greens, fruits, nuts and flax are rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Consuming more of these as part of a plant-based diet will boost your antioxidant intake and help to keep the skin in balance.
3) pH-BALANCE BENEFITS
Plant-based food groups are usually more alkaline than meats and eggs, consuming them can balance the body’s pH balance and support the health of your skin and hair from the inside out.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN DOING SKIN CARE VEGANUARY
DON’T OVERLOOK YOUR OMEGAS
To stay healthy, skin and nails also need a good balance of Omega-3&6 and Calcium. These nutrients are mainly found in oily fish and dairy and whilst they can be found in some plant-based foods, you can help to support your skin through Veganuary with Omega-rich facial oils and a beauty supplement.
THE BEST VEGAN SKIN SUPPLEMENT
Taking a skin care supplement is an easy way to support your skin as it adjusts to a vegan routine. Our vegan-friendly Green Beauty with Astaxanthin capsules deliver skin-rejuvenating benefits from 6 nutrient-rich superfoods and helps to protect the skin against the effects of pollution, UV light and immune stress.
LEARN HOW TO READ LABELS
Without carefully deciphering the label of your skin care, it can be hard to know if a product is truly vegan.
3 SIGNS YOUR SKIN CARE IS VEGAN-FRIENDLY
Botanical ingredients such as Olive Squalane, Aloe Vera and Green Tea are derived from plants and are suitable for a vegan lifestyle. Look out for the similarly named Squalene, however, which may be derived from whales and is not vegan.
An easy way to tell if your skin care is cruelty-free is to look for the logos from PETA or Cruelty Free International. Green People is a PETA-approved brand and we have never tested our ingredients or products on animals.
VEGAN SOCIETY VERIFIED:
If The Vegan Society has approved a product, their logo will be prominently featured on the packaging. This logo is clearly marked on all our vegan products and certifies that the ingredients are plant-based and suitable for vegans.
KNOW WHAT’S NOT ALLOWED IN A SKIN CARE VEGANUARY
Switching to a vegan lifestyle means choosing not to use or consume products made from animal derivatives. Leather, milk, meat and collagen are not considered vegan and nor are these common non-vegan skin care ingredients.
GELATINE & KERATIN
These ingredients are made from animal cartilage and are used to thicken shampoos and boost their hair-strengthening properties.
THE BEST VEGAN ALTERNATIVE TO GELATINE & KERATIN
For a vegan shampoo that’s high in hair-volumising protein, switch to our Quinoa & Artichoke shampoo. Quinoa is a complete protein and penetrates the cuticles to strengthen hair and boost shine.
Lanolin is a wax that is derived from animals with wool coats and is often used in balms and salves.
THE BEST VEGAN ALTERNATIVE TO LANOLIN
Lanolin is not used in any Green People products. Instead we use natural plant waxes like Berry wax and Carnauba wax. Read more about our lanolin-free products.
Commonly found in red lipsticks and nail varnishes, carmine is a non-vegan ingredient that is made by crushing thousands of cochineal beetles.
THE BEST VEGAN ALTERNATIVE TO CARMINE
For a vegan alternative to Carmine, opt for make-up made with natural earth mineral pigments.
Glycerin is a humectant which is used in both toothpastes and skin care. It can be a tricky ingredient for vegan skin care shoppers to navigate because it can be either vegetable or animal-derived.
THE BEST VEGAN TOOTHPASTES
To be entirely transparent about out toothpaste ingredients we clearly mark that the Glycerin used in our vegan toothpastes is vegetable derived.
Stick with a traditional Minty Cool toothpaste or, for something a little different switch to our Citrus & Aloe Vera toothpaste. This mint-free formulation delivers excellent cleaning properties and is ideal for users of homoeopathy.
Naturally water resistant, beeswax gives skin care and make-up a natural staying power and is made from a mixture of plant wax, pollen and a secretion from bee glands.
THE BEST BEESWAX-FREE MOISTURISER
For a multi-purpose moisturiser that’s rich in natural nourishing vitamins but free from Beeswax we recommend our Vita Min Fix 24 Hour Cream. We take the hydrating, antioxidant ingredients Seaweed, Green Tea and Avocado and combine them with natural actives that are clinically proven to reduce wrinkles such as Baicalin and Evening Primrose.
Not ready to commit to a full-size product? You can find a 30ml trial-size Vita Min Fix 24 Hour Cream in our Vegan Nightly Rituals Starter Pack.
Travel-size duo of Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo and Conditioner
Organic matte lipstick in a berry shade suited to all skin tones
Organic mint toothpaste, suitable for all the family
Are you doing a skin care Veganuary? If you have any questions about making the switch to vegan skin care our customer care team is available Monday-Friday and can help you to choose the vegan-friendly products that are right for you.