Being vegan doesn’t have to start and end with what you eat. Veganism is a lifestyle too – many vegans won’t use animal products like leather or wool, and less obvious animal products hiding in skincare products (stearic acid = animal fats). Even if a product doesn’t contain animal products, if it is tested on animals that deems the product non-vegan. Of course, it is all a personal choice of what we eat and use, we don’t have to be defined by a label, but testing on animals is just so unethical – you don’t have to be vegan to agree with that!
As vegans are generally more health conscious, many also try to avoid using products made with harsh synthetic chemicals. Unfortunately, many commercially-available skincare and haircare products do contain some nasty ingredients. Sodium laurel sulfate (also known as engine degreaser), parabens (estrogen disruptors) and artificial fragrances (potentially petroleum by-products which may be linked to cancer) are just a few chemicals used in popular skincare products. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be applying these products to my skin!
So what to use instead? Fortunately there are some brands out there that do care about the health of their consumers, and they provide all-natural skincare products. One of my favourite skincare companies is Joli Natural Skin Care. Joli has a range of luxurious vegan & natural skincare products, including facial and body scrubs, lip gloss, herbal shampoo, moisturisers and bath soaks and salts.
My current skincare routine is very simple and natural, and leaves my face feeling moisturised and refreshed.
Step 1: rub a few drops of coconut oil onto my face.
Step 2: get in the shower and gently wash the coconut oil off with a facewasher.
Step 3: get out of the shower, dry my face and reapply a thin layer of coconut oil to moisturise.
And that’s it! Coconut oil is amazing: it absorbs well into your skin, doesn’t clog your pores, it moisturises, it removes makeup. I also use it in my toothpaste recipe and as a deodorant.
Do you use coconut oil for your skin? Let me know in the comments :)