Vegans are known to follow a diet without meat or animal byproducts like milk or eggs. Very much like the dietary restrictions, vegan skin care also avoids the use of animal-derived ingredients like beeswax and honey, when formulating products.
Vegan skin care brands tend to use all plant-based instead.
Well, what's wrong with using animal-derived ingredients in skin care?
Climate scientists have continued to state how meat and dairy animals are a big source of greenhouse gases. These animals take up 80% of the world's farmland while providing only 18% of the world's food calories. This fact alone could be why many people decide to lead vegan lifestyles. It allows you to reduce your own environmental impact on the Earth. However, avoiding the consumption of animal products may not be feasible for everyone, but you can reduce the amount you use in your daily life by excluding them from your beauty regimen.
Honey is delicious to eat right? But it is also used in skin care thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic abilities. It is also used to keep skin moisturized.
However, farmed honeybees can compete with wild bees for food, making it harder for wild species to survive. Honey bees destabilize natural ecosystems, sometimes putting wild bees species at risk of extinction.
Consider, for instance, using a moisturizer heavy in shea and cocoa butters, like Cashmere Moon's Whipped Body Creams, instead of honey. Both ingredients provide moisture, prevents moisture loss, and softens skin, however, using shea butter doesn't potentially end a whole bee species.
Animal-derived products aren't inherently more harmful to your skin then vegan products, however, vegan products usually carry more vitamins and minerals since they come directly from plants.
Vegan products reduce environmental damage and promotes kindness towards animals, and of course, can be very beneficial to your skin. Vegan ingredients derived from Mother Earth like aloe vera, ginger, garlic, mint, and lavender have been used for centuries for their healing and cosmetic properties.
Most vegan products are rich in vitamins filled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and since they contain fewer ingredients, it may be easier to understand exactly what you're putting on your skin.
Additionally, vegan skin care is much less likely to irritate skin since it has fewer potential chemical irritants.
How can you tell a product is vegan?
There are several different ways to tell if a product is vegan. You can scan through the ingredients, but if you don't want to do that, you can look for common vegan seals on the products. Usually if a skin care brand is vegan, they will make sure to let the consumers know.
There is no one official certifying agency for vegan skin care, but there are groups like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) that choose to label some products as vegan or cruelty-free.
Cashmere Moon is proud to be vegan and cruelty-free!