Incorporating a Vegan-friendly skin care routine into your life doesn't require you to label yourself as a Vegan or to change your whole diet and/or lifestyle! At Standard Beauty we have made Vegan skincare accessible to you, wherever you are, and regardless of whether or not you follow a plant based lifestyle. We have three tips for you to keep in mind when incorporating Vegan skin care products into your regimen 🌱
1. Do your research
Switching to a Vegan-friendly skin care regimen will not only benefit your skin; you will also be reducing your environmental footprint in the process. The process of raising animals for food and other products is extremely taxing on the environment. Did you know: animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined? Woah, now that's something!
The term "Vegan skin care" refers to products that do not contain any animal, animal-derived or animal by-products or ingredients. Instead, all ingredients are plant-derived. Such products may also labelled as "cruelty-free", where no animals are harmed at any stage of the production process; i.e. they are not tested on animals.
The term "cruelty-free" is an important one in this context, because many people are often confused by what is cruelty-free and what is Vegan, and whether they are the same thing. In a nutshell, just because a product is cruelty-free doesn't automatically make it Vegan, and vice-versa. So be sure to double check this if both are important to you!
Common non-Vegan products and by-products to avoid when creating a Vegan skin care routine include beeswax, honey, lanolin and collagen.
Otherwise everything you need to know is usually on the label. Skin care brands are generally making their Vegan status very clear on their packaging and websites, because so many consumers are searching for these "earth-and animal-conscious" alternatives.
Bonus: We discovered a free Vegan-ingredient checker, which allows you to copy and paste any product's ingredients list, and then flags any ingredients that are not Vegan. Pretty nifty, ey? You can check it out here: https://doublecheckvegan.com.
It's all about the good vibrations ~
2. Know what works with your skin
The result of eliminating animal products from your skincare regimen will be a reduction in the issues that often accompany them, particularly if you have a sensitive skin type or any other specific concerns.
Vegan skin care products will naturally be more beneficial and less harmful to your skin because of the hydrating, protecting, and nourishing properties that plants hold.
You can take our quick skin type test here to find out what your skin type is, and you can also read our very first blog post entitled "Different Skin Types and How To Care for Them" for a more in-depth explanation and guidance.
3. Invest in high-quality Vegan skin care products
Most of our products are certified-organic, Vegan-friendly and halal and hand-produced in small batches for well-formulated products that work and are kind to nature, animals and your skin.
We have so many options for you babe, but the one product we'll be recommending to you here is our Salicylic Acid Toner, which is a chemical exfoliant that has a variety of benefits including clearing of clogged pores, breaking down of pimples and blackheads, evening out skin tone, and skin hydration 💁🏻♀️
*Note that this is a strong active ingredient, and your skin might take some time getting used to it. Ease your way into it.
Founder, Ann-Kathrin Joos giving us all the Salicylic Acid Toner feels ~