Many people just think of being vegan as a dietary choice, but it also extends beyond what you eat. What you decide to put on your body can also have an impact on your choices! If you are on the road to becoming a vegan, this blog can help you make vegan beauty care choices.
Just like in food, there are differences between vegetarian and vegan. Vegetarian means that it does not contain animal flesh. Vegan takes things a step further. Like vegetarians, vegans don’t eat animal flesh. They also don’t eat any animal products, including dairy and eggs. When it comes to beauty and skin care, vegans don’t use any product that is derived from, or uses, animal products. Products can also be certified as vegan. Generally, vegans also choose cruelty-free products, which means that the product was also not tested on animals.
So, are vegan products better and more natural? Not necessarily! Just because a product is vegan does not necessarily make it truly natural or nontoxic. The best products for vegans are those that are also clean (do not contain toxins) and cruelty free. Although this can be a little more work, it’s better for the animals, the environment, and our own health. Companies that fit all of these criteria do exist, and products are available at natural health retailers. Dr. Bronner’s, for example, carries many products that are vegan.
Ingredients to watch for if you are looking for vegan products include:
Allantoin: This skin-conditioning agent can be derived from either plants or animals, so make sure to ask, or read the labels.
Beeswax and honey: Though vegetarian, beeswax and honey are not vegan. Alternatives to beeswax can include carnauba wax and Candelilla wax, while alternatives to honey include vegetable colors and oils.
Carmine: This pigment, derived from red beetles, is widely used in natural lip products. Alternatives include beet juice.
Emu oil: Alternatives to this non-vegetarian moisturizing ingredient include vegetable and plant oils.
Lanolin: This moisturizing ingredient is sourced from sheep’s wool. Vegans might also be interested to know that many natural vitamin D supplements are sourced from lanolin, though vegan alternatives are available.
Glycerin: This common ingredient can either be sourced from animal fat or vegetables. When in doubt, ask the company.
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