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Vegan Skin Care: What It Is And Why It Matters For Your Skin

Posted on October 28 2020

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If you’ve heard the buzz about vegan skin care, you probably have questions. Because, while it’s a hot topic, it can be a bit confusing.

In this article, we’d like to help to demystify vegan skin care for you! We’ll explain what it is and how it can benefit you and the planet.

We’ll also tell you about a few top vegan skincare products so you can join the movement!

What Is Vegan Skin Care?

You’re probably familiar with what a vegan diet entails — staying away from meat and all other products that come from animals. That includes things like milk, eggs, and honey.

Vegan skin care follows the same rules for the products you put on your skin. Simply put, it involves using products (think shampoo, soap, face wash, lotion) that don’t contain ingredients from animals or animal by-products.

And this type of skin care isn’t just for those who are eating vegan or living a completely vegan lifestyle. Vegan skin care is for vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers alike!

It’s for anyone interested in using more natural, plant-based, pure products on their skin. Sounds good, right?

Before we tell you about the benefits that vegan skin care can provide, we’d like to clear up one thing: the difference between vegan and cruelty-free.

Vegan Vs. Cruelty-Free

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The difference is simple. A vegan skin care product contains no animal products or animal by-products, while a cruelty-free product has not been tested on animals.

A vegan product may not necessarily be cruelty-free and a cruelty-free product may not necessarily be vegan. If you’re interested in both, check your product’s label to make sure that it claims to be “vegan” as well as “cruelty-free.”

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get back to how vegan skin care can do good things not only for the planet but also for you and your skin!

Vegan Skin Care: Good For You

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Just like fruits and veggies are healthy to eat, plants are also full of benefits for your skin. They provide antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins straight from Mother Nature.

The National Institutes of Health defines botanicals as “a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal or therapeutic properties, flavor, and/or scent.”

People take advantage of botanicals every day by using products that contain natural ingredients such as coconut oil, colloidal oatmeal, eucalyptus, avocado oil, calendula, and so much more.

With a vegan product, you’re using zero animal products and, in doing so, you’re also getting rid of many of the additives that usually accompany them. Certain added chemicals can irritate your skin in the short-term and harm your body in the long-run.

Get rid of those chemicals and you’re one step closer to glowing skin and a healthy body.

aloe plant used for vegan skin care

But here’s the catch. Just because a product is labeled “vegan” doesn’t mean that it’s full of natural, plant-based ingredients. A vegan product can be full of synthetic chemicals that aren’t derived from animal products.

Kira Schachinger P.A.-C from Peraza Dermatology Group says, “A vegan product means there are no animal-derived elements, but it does not automatically mean that it is a good skin care option. Vegan products could still have lots of chemicals in them...”

She goes on to note that some great skincare products contain non-vegan ingredients, like beeswax, that are great for your skin.

What’s the bottom line? Opting for vegan skincare products is a great place to start when it comes to natural skin care because it likely means that you’re getting a product with more plant-based ingredients.

But don’t stop at the “vegan” label. If you want to steer away from chemicals and synthetic additives, look for natural products that are free of chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and the like.

Vegan Skin Care: Good For The Planet

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The benefits of going vegan with your skincare routine don’t stop with you. Vegan skin care is also good for the earth and the animals that roam it.

First of all, vegan skin care is kind to the animals that inhabit our planet because it eliminates the use of any animal product. Plain and simple.

Secondly, vegan skin care benefits the planet as a whole because meat and dairy production emit a lot of greenhouse gases and contribute to deforestation.

When you choose vegan products, you’re taking a stand for the planet by sending a message to skincare companies and reducing your carbon footprint.

Another way your skincare habits can affect the earth? The active ingredients in traditional sunscreen are chemicals that can bleach the coral reefs and harm sea creatures when it washes off of your skin and into the ocean.

So, when you use products that contain vegan and natural ingredients instead of chemicals and synthetic ingredients, you’re keeping harmful chemicals off of your skin and out of the ocean.

To read more about looking out for the earth in this way, check out our article on mineral sunscreen and coral reef safety.

Top Vegan Skincare Products

If we’ve convinced you that vegan skin care is the way to go, we have good news: it’s not hard to find these products! Before we sign off, we’d like to tell you about some of our favorite ways to care for your skin the vegan way.

Vegan Lip Care

Babo Botanicals Nutri-Shine™ Luminizer Vegan Lip Gloss

Don’t neglect your rosy lips! Moisturize and protect them with a lip gloss like Babo Botanicals Nutri-Shine™ Luminizer Vegan Lip Gloss.

Not only is it free of animal products and by-products, but it’s also free of artificial dye (we used minerals instead!), synthetic fragrances, silicone, lead compounds, petroleum, plasticizers, preservatives, parabens, and…well, you get the idea.

Instead, this gorgeous gloss is full of natural ingredients including coconut oil, cocoa butter, and organic calendula to give you soft, smooth, and healthy lips.

Vegan Hand Soap

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Keeping your hands squeaky clean is important — especially right now! But with all that hand-washing going on, it’s also important to make sure your hand soap is good for your skin as well as the earth.

With Babo Botanicals Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap, you can care for both at the same time!

This vegan hand soap creates a rich, creamy lather and cleans you up with anti-bacterial manuka essential oil that’s sourced from a family-owned farm in the southern region of New Zealand.

In addition to leaving you with clean hands, our soap will leave you with soft and smooth hands thanks to ingredients like organic argan oil, shea butter, olive oil, and aloe vera.

Vegan Sunscreen

Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen - SPF 50

Provide your whole family with top-notch sun protection that’s vegan, mineral-based, and free of harmful chemicals by using Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen - SPF 50 and Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30.

Both sunscreens are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and provide high UVA/UVB protection. Plus, they glide on sheer so you can have reef-safe, skin-healthy sun protection that doesn’t even leave a white cast on your skin!

No animal products. No chemicals. No problems.

Vegan Shampoo And Wash

3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash

Make your shower routine vegan with Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Hydra Therapy Face & Body Wash or 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash.

Both of these products are EWG Verified, sulfate-free, and full of plant-based ingredients to cleanse and soothe your skin.

Vegan Baby Products

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Baby Lotion

Don’t leave your baby out of the vegan movement! Care for the most delicate of baby skin with Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Baby Lotion and Sensitive Baby Zinc Diaper Cream.

Both products are designed for babies with dry, sensitive, irritated, or eczema-prone skin and formulated with calming and nourishing colloidal oatmeal and shea butter. You can feel good about what goes on your sweet baby’s skin!

Join The Vegan Movement

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Remember that you don’t have to follow a vegan diet to choose vegan skincare products.

Care for the planet. Give your skin the best of the best. And join the vegan skin care movement! It might sound complicated, but it certainly doesn’t have to be hard!

Provide vegan skin care from head-to-toe for you as well as the little ones in your family with Babo Botanicals Nutri-Shine™ Luminizer Vegan Lip Gloss, Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap, Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, and Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Baby Lotion.

All that’s left to do is enjoy the benefits that these wonderful products provide for your skin!

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