The Benefits Of Vegan Skincare
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Keen to invest in vegan skincare products? You’re not alone. In fact, recent research from Prophecy Market shows that the global vegan beauty market is set to be worth a whopping $25.3 billion by 2029. Embracing the mantra of ‘beauty with a conscience’, vegan beauty is now proving to not just be a fleeting trend, but a lifestyle choice that’s here to stay – reflecting an ethical commitment to animals and the planet. But what sets vegan skincare apart, and why should you consider integrating it into your beauty regimen? Beauty Daily speaks to skincare expert Amba Logan for a better insight into the world of vegan skincare.
Are vegan products better for your skin?
You might assume that natural products equate to vegan, but it’s not always that straightforward. Just like a vegan diet, vegan beauty goes beyond being plant-based; it’s about eliminating all animal-derived components. As Logan explains, “the main ingredients in plant-based formulas are sourced from plants, but they may still contain animal-derived ingredient too. Vegan beauty eliminates all animal-derived ingredients like lanolin, beeswax, gelatine, liver, fish oils and more, from formulas.”
One of the key benefits of vegan skincare lies in its nutrient-rich formulations. “Commonly-used ingredients in vegan skincare are the likes of aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil, chamomile, and shea butter – ingredients that are not only plant-derived and cruelty-free, but also incredibly soothing and hydrating,” shares Logan.
Try: My Clarins RE-CHARGE Hydra-Replumping Night Mask, £26, hydrates parched skin, and repairs and protects while you sleep thanks to a mix of vegan fruit and botanical extracts.
By shunning animal testing and embracing plant and lab-made alternatives, at the heart of vegan skincare is its cruelty-free ethos. “Most non-vegan ingredients can be substituted for plant or lab-made alternatives, with no great detriment to the product,” says Logan.
Vegan skincare products not only benefit your skin but also contribute to a greener planet. By opting for vegan options, you actively participate in reducing your environmental footprint.
These products also typically contain fewer animal derived allergens, making them a safer choice for more sensitive skin types that are easily irritated or allergy prone.
Vegan products for your skin type
Understanding your skin type is crucial when selecting the right skincare products, and thankfully you don’t have to forgo targeted skincare when going vegan. You’ll find that just like the vegan My Clarins offering, vegan skincare offers tailored solutions for various skin types and conditions too.
Vegan skincare for sensitive skin
For sensitive skin, gentle vegan formulations are a blessing. “Look for products rich in aloe vera, chamomile, and shea butter, natural ingredients renowned for their calming properties,” Logan advises.
Vegan skincare for dry skin
Dry skin craves hydration and nourishment. Vegan skincare options infused with coconut oil and jojoba oil provide intense moisture without the heaviness of animal-derived ingredients.
Try: My Clarins RE-BOOST Instant Reviving Mask, £24, a powerful 10-minute vegan face mask that instantly hydrates and restores radiance.
Vegan skincare for ageing skin
As our skin matures, it demands extra care, cue vitamin A derivative, retinol. Akin to a miracle worker when it comes to ageing skin, retinol speeds up cell turnover and increases collagen production. This makes it an effective treatment for lines, wrinkles, age spots, and skin texture – resulting in a smother, more even-toned and glowing complexion. To get a good dose of youth-boosting retinol through your food the best options are animal derived, but thankfully when it comes to topical retinol, you’ll find synthetic aka vegan retinol is the best and only option.
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Vegan skincare for oily skin
Vegan skincare for oily skin ensures a delicate balance, preventing breakouts and promoting a clear, glowing complexion. Light, non-comedogenic formulations with ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile effectively manage excess oil production while maintaining a healthy complexion at the same time. Another wonder ingredient for acne prone skin is glycolic acid. “This gold-standard skincare ingredient is typically derived from plant sources like sugar cane, although it can also be produced synthetically,” adds Logan.
It works by dissolving the bonds that glue our dead skin cells together, making them easier to slough away to reveal the newer, brighter layers of skin beneath. Not only that, but glycolic acid is also able to penetrate deeper within the skin than other exfoliating acids, making it great at clearing out excess oil in pores and keeping acne at bay.
Try: Clarins Beauty Flash Peel, £38, contains a mix of exfoliating acids including glycolic acid. Formulated to be left on the skin for 10 minutes, this peel refines skin texture, clears out pores and leaves skin radiant.
Vegan skincare for combination skin
Combination skin requires a delicate balance between hydration and oil control. Vegan skincare products tailored for this skin type cater to both dry and oily areas. Look for products with squalane, aloe vera and jojoba oil, as they hydrate, repair and balance the skin all without clogging pores – providing the perfect solution for combination skin.
Investing in vegan skincare is not just a choice; it’s a commitment to ethical beauty and a sustainable future. So, whether you have sensitive, dry, ageing, oily, or combination skin, there’s a vegan skincare solution waiting to elevate your beauty regime.
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