We know vegan skincare is a trending topic in skincare pop culture, but why? Let's explore below.
Are you vegan? Well, I’m not. Being Korean, I grew up my entire life eating meat on a regular basis so it’s been incredibly difficult to give up meat cold-turkey. If you’re someone who’s indulged in K-BBQ before, you might have an idea of what I’m talking about.
However, it’s clear that steering towards less animal products and going more plant-based is generally good for your health and the environment. These days, I’m proud to report that I’ve reduced my meat consumption to maybe 1-2 times per week.
What I’m even more proud of though, is my 100% vegan skincare routine.
Remember, skin is your largest organ and skincare products can be absorbed through the skin and into your body.
What does 'vegan skincare' mean?
Vegan skincare means using skincare products that do not contain or come from animals or animal-byproducts. Below are some common examples of skincare ingredients that come from animals and are not vegan:
- Honey; or
- Silk protein
If you’re someone who abides by a vegan diet, chances are you’ll also want your skincare products to be vegan as well. However, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, these days, vegan skincare has gone mainstream and now all of us can easily benefit from a quality vegan skincare routine.
What's the difference between 'vegan' and 'cruelty-free'?
Before we go further, let me clear up one topic that gets a lot of people confused. That’s the difference between “vegan skincare” and “cruelty-free skincare.”
As described above, vegan means that your skincare products don’t contain any ingredients that come from animal products. On the other hand, cruelty-free means that your skincare products weren’t tested on animals. So, they actually mean quite different things.
Even if your serum doesn’t contain any animal-ingredients, if it doesn’t also say “cruelty-free,” there could be a chance that animals were still harmed during production because they tested their vegan products on animals to check for skin irritation and other problems.
Or, the inverse could be true.
If your cruelty-free product doesn’t also state that it’s vegan, that could mean that although no animals were used as testing subjects during production, the product itself contains animal byproducts.
Therefore, it’s important to check for both. Soffli products are all both Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free and Peta certified animal test-free and vegan.
Why is it important to shop vegan skincare brands?
Even if you aren’t a full-time vegan when it comes to your diet, it can still be important for you to have a 100% vegan skincare routine. Below are some of the key benefits of a vegan skincare routine and lifestyle in general:
- Prevents the exploitation of animals;
- Could improve your overall health: there are obviously exceptions, but going vegan can be an opportunity to stay away from harmful animal-based food and skincare ingredients; and
- Helps the environment: it’s been reported that one of the most effective things you can do to lower your carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products since animal-farming is so resource intensive.
With 100% vegan-certified, clean and effective quality skincare products like Soffli abundant in the market today, as it relates to skincare, there’s really no reason not to go full vegan. You won’t miss a thing and only really reap significant benefits.
Vegan skincare regimens for healthier skin
So what might a solid vegan skincare routine look like?
Well, the good news here is that it’s not much different from any other skincare routine. As long as you’ve taken some time to read the labels on your products and have confirmed a vegan certification (Peta is a good example) for each product, there’s a lot of flexibility here.
For some inspiration, let me share my current 100% vegan skincare morning and nighttime routines with you.
My Morning Vegan Skincare Routine
- Step 1: Quick water wash with cool water.
- Step 2: Using a cotton pad, in gentle short strokes, moving up and out, I cover my entire face with the Soffli Gentle AHA toner, starting from the neck all the way up to my hairline.
- Step 3: Then I take 2 pumps of the Soffli 16% Vitamin C serum into my hands and in upward gentle strokes or light pats, I apply it from my neck to the edges of the face and pat for a minute or two for optimal absorption.
- Step 4: I finish off with a vegan eye cream, moisturizer and sunscreen and am good to go.
My Nighttime Vegan Skincare Routine
- Step 1: I use a cotton pad and micellar water to remove all impurities from my face then finish with a quick water wash with cool water
- Step 2: 2-3 times a week, I apply the Soffli Detox + Hydrate Facial Sheet Mask for 15-minutes while meditating and letting daily stress melt away.
- Step 3: Using a cotton pad, in gentle short strokes, moving up and out, I cover my entire face with the Soffli Gentle AHA toner, starting from the neck all the way up to my hairline.
- Step 4: Then I take 2 pumps of the Soffli 16% Vitamin C serum into hands and in upward gentle strokes or light pats, I apply it from my neck to the edges of the face and pat for a minute or two for optimal absorption.
- Step 5: I finish off with a vegan eye cream, moisturizer and homemade face oil and am ready for the most important skincare step – my beauty sleep!
We can act on our values by supporting smaller companies that focus on conscious production and hold themselves accountable for high-quality ingredients and low environmental impact. Applying your purchasing power in this way not only feels good but leaves your skin glowing and grateful. In return you’re also supporting small businesses that value your input and are working to apply these values throughout our world, beyond our skin and across our planet.
The next time you find yourself about to make an impromptu skincare purchase, put mindfulness into action and pause.
Take a moment and consider the following:
Do I really need this?
Why am I buying this?
Does this product and company align with my values?
Then, check the label, review the ingredients, and verify the stamps on the back of the package. Making sure you see certifications for vegan and cruelty-free can be an easy start to this impactful journey!