Vegan Skincare: What You Need To Know

Recent studies show the UK is now the biggest European market for ‘clean and vegan’ skincare. Yet many of us are still unsure what makes a product ‘vegan’ and which formulas work best. To break it down, we explain the key ingredients to avoid and the best products worth a try…

Certain Ingredients Are Off-Limits 

For products to count as vegan-friendly, they must be free from any animal-derived ingredients – including keratin, honey, alcohol and milk proteins. The manufacturing process mustn’t cause harm to animals, either, which is often confirmed by the Vegan Trademark on the packaging. Other off-limits ingredients include beeswax, lanolin (the grease from sheep’s wool), carmine (colour from insects) and uric acid (which is derived from cows). 

They Can Be Gentler & Kinder To The Skin

Vegan formulas don’t use any synthetics, preservatives, chemicals or toxins, so you might find they’re better suited to you if you suffer with sensitive or condition-prone skin. Additionally, fewer ingredients make it easier to understand exactly what you’re rubbing in. Studies show 60% of what we apply is absorbed into our bodies, so it’s important to pay attention.  

The Vitamin Count Is High

With many vegan formulas harnessing the power of plant-derived ingredients, they often include more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These usually include vitamins A, C and E, natural oils – think coconut and argan – and healing ingredients like aloe vera, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

Formulas May Expire Faster

This isn’t always the case, but since vegan products use more plant-based ingredients, they can expire faster – especially if they don’t include any chemical preservatives. To prevent this from happening, store your skincare in a cool, dark place to ensure formulas don’t begin to separate or go off.

Inflammation Is Still A Risk

Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean there’s zero risk of irritation. Plant-derived ingredients can cause allergic reactions, so don’t assume it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. If you do notice something unusual, always consult your pharmacist or GP, and stop using the product immediately. 
Shop Our Pick Of The Best Vegan Skincare Buys Below…

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