Vegan cosmetics: What are they? What does it mean for your skin?
If you're interested in cosmetics, you may already have heard of the vegan trend. Indeed, beauty products that 'claim' to be vegan are gradually flooding the market. But not everyone understands this new trend. So what are vegan cosmetics, and what are their benefits for the skin? Let's find out!
What are vegan cosmetics?
It's a fact that veganism has gained a lot of ground in recent years. From food to leisure activities, this behaviour, which has become a lifestyle, is now even making inroads into the beauty industry. As you will have gathered, a vegan cosmetic is a skincare product that contains no ingredients of animal or chemical origin.
This means that all the compounds used in the formulas of vegan products are mainly of plant and natural origin. Nor (in principle) will you find any synthetic colourings or fragrances, which are often tested on animals. This is in line with vegan principles, because the aim of this lifestyle choice is to give animals more freedom.
Vegan cosmetics: what are the benefits for the skin?
Before we go into the specifics of vegan skin cosmetics, it's important to remember that these products are more environmentally friendly than standard products. They are made from carefully selected natural and organic ingredients. The benefits for the skin are even greater.
Products that are gentler on the skin
If you know anything about cosmetics, then you'll no doubt know that non-vegan products are fairly high in chemicals that are harmful to the skin, such as parabens, sulphates and phthalates.
On the other hand, vegan products are very gentle on the skin, thanks to their natural ingredients. They are also non-comedogenic. In other words, these cosmetics contain no animal fats. So they won't clog the body's pores. For those with allergy-prone skin, this may be the most appropriate solution.
More enriching for the skin
If there's one thing everyone agrees on when it comes to vegan products, it's their effectiveness. In fact, they are three times more effective in the long term than conventional cosmetics. Vegan skincare creams and lotions, for example, are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which deeply nourish and moisturise the skin.
After just a short period of use, the results are visible and, above all, long-lasting. In short, if you're looking to adopt a natural, skin-friendly skincare routine, vegan cosmetics could be an excellent option for you.
How do I choose the right vegan cosmetics for my skin?
Despite their effectiveness, it's important to remember that vegan cosmetics are not miracle solutions. You need to choose products that suit your skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc.).
What's more, at least (always) take the time to test vegan products before adopting them. Brands offer free samples that you can use for a while before making your final choice. Finally, choose a shade that matches your skin tone to avoid undesirable results.