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Vegan beauty products – this one word can be a road to outstanding and sustainable solutions or an obstacle for unwilling consumers to face. This choice is made every day and has lasting implications and potential impacts on our health and wellbeing.

I will be discussing the up and down sides of applying vegan beauty products. 

The term “vegan,” when applied to beauty products, refers to products that contain no animal-derived ingredients at all. Naturally, there are many reasons why you might want to apply such products. Before you benefit from them, it is essential to know what they mainly consist of and how they affect your skin. If you ever wanted an honest guide for choosing vegan beauty products, be sure to read more of this article.

Vegan beauty products are healthier for you because they’re free of animal products.

The most obvious drawback to wearing animal-derived cosmetics is cruelty to animals. But cosmetics are only a tiny part of the animal industry.

Another drawback is the environmental impact. A few cosmetic companies, for example, have recently started selling plant-based nail polishes. However, they still have to be manufactured using petrochemicals, which release dangerous greenhouse gases. Microbeads, which are widely used in facial scrubs, likewise have an environmental cost.

But the biggest drawback for vegans is health. The animals that become cosmetics—butter, lanolin, and wool—are also eaten by people. In the developed world, eating animal products has been correlated with many health problems, including heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

Vegan beauty products, by contrast, are healthier for you because they’re free of animal products. But as a movement, vegan cosmetics is still tiny, and many companies still make their products using petrochemicals and microbeads.

Biodegradable cosmetics, by contrast, are healthier for you because they’re free of petrochemicals. But they’re still not perfect: many biodegradable cosmetics are still made by animals. And biodegradable products aren’t as durable as non-degradable ones; they don’t last as long.

In recent years, vegan beauty products have exploded.

Ingredients like honey and beeswax are no longer limited to dairy products. Because many vegan beauty products are natural, they are made from ingredients that grow or are made locally. No bees are killed, so the supply chain is local.

Vegan beauty products don’t use animal fat, which means they don’t have that strange, almost rotten smell that some fat animal products have. Vegan beauty products also don’t release animal waste into the water or atmosphere. Many vegan beauty products contain essential oils that help with skin issues like acne or wrinkles.

When we talk about vegan beauty products, we refer to cosmetics and hair and nail products. When done right, vegan beauty products can be just as good as nonvegan beauty products.

Most vegan products aren’t as moisturizing as their counterparts. The idea that vegan products can moisturize skin and hair is widespread. But it’s a myth. Most of the moisturizing ingredients used in cosmetics are animal-derived because they work. This doesn’t mean that animal-derived ingredients are better than plant-based ones, only that they aren’t each other’s equals.

What may give the idea some credibility is that animal-based products are much more successful than plant-based ones. For example, skin moisturizers with lanolin, which is extracted from sheep’s wool, are the biggest sellers in the world. This doesn’t imply that animal-based products are better, only that, other things equal, people want more of them.

Also, because the public likes animal-based products, the public will expect that any alternative that is better than animal-based products will be good.

The result is that people expect animal-based products to be moisturizing without realizing that this claim isn’t justified.

This puts pressure on the makers of plant-based products to make claims that aren’t true. Companies that make plant-based products have to do something that people expect, even if they have nothing to back it up. So you have to imagine a moisturizer that doesn’t work.

To test this, I washed my face with products containing lanolin, jojoba oil, and glycerin, and products with plant-derived glycerin, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. I washed my face three times and photographed my results.

The lanolin and jojoba oil products were heavily moisturizing but easily washed away. The coconut oil product was moisturizing but didn’t wash off. The glycerin product was moisturizing but didn’t wash off.

Conclusion

Vegan faces and makeup products have been getting a lot of buzzes lately. And with all the green beauty companies out there, it’s easy to see why. Unlike conventional beauty brands, vegan companies tend to use fewer chemicals and more natural ingredients. The bonus? These ingredients are often better for your skin, too.

But what about the price? Should you go vegan just to save money? Don’t be fooled. Switching to vegan cosmetics isn’t an inexpensive process. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. (As a side note, many of the ingredients used in vegan beauty products are imported overseas and can get expensive.)

But even if you’re on a tight budget, going vegan shouldn’t be a burden. There are plenty of budget-friendly vegan options.