Veganuary is round the corner, so we’ve put together our vegan beauty tips to get you off to a great start. Every year, 400,000 people sign up for 30 days of meat-free food and vegan beauty products. To be truly vegan is to go beyond your diet – you can make those changes to your skin and haircare routine, too! Get set for change with our vegan beauty tips and product ideas.
Make your own skin mask
Sustainability doesn’t come any better than making your own! Find yourself an over-ripe avocado and mix it with a teaspoon of lemon juice and lemon zest for plump, regenerated skin. Remember – only use what you’d be happy to eat, for example, a mashed banana and teaspoon of turmeric.
When making vegan choices, we need to consider the whole manufacturing process of fabrics. Avoid materials like PVC, sequins, polyester, nylon and acrylic, as these are made with oil, which harms the planet. Instead, go for ‘vegan leather’ and focus on organic cottons with the Fairtrade symbol.
Homemade beauty products
To really practise what you preach, you can think about the impact on the planet that everyday essentials have. For example, toilet paper and nappies traditionally come with a huge environmental footprint, not to mention high street feminine products. For a cruelty-free alternative, consider:
- Hypoallergenic and biodegradable nappies
- Recyclable pet products and hygiene bags
- Menstrual cups or reusable period underwear
- Vegan beauty products like deodorant
- Plastic free toilet paper.
Organic and vegan beauty products
It’s not just disposables we should think about if we’re being truly vegan. We also need to consider brushes, from sustainable toothbrush brands to vegan haircare. Many of these products are made from organic materials like bamboo, which means they will biodegrade naturally.
The perfect vegan cosmetic products include makeup brushes made from taklon, eco-friendly complexion sponges and cruelty-free brush bristles. You can find out more about these beauty products here. The best part is that your skin and hair will thank you for using natural products – including saying goodbye to those fly-aways!
Palm oil alternatives
Though palm oil isn’t directly derived from animals, it is a contributor to the destruction of their habitats. Sadly, it is very common in many packaged foods, such as pizza and chocolate, as well as some haircare products.
When you’re shopping for food or cosmetics, remember to read the label. You can also find out more from WWF here. By avoiding palm oil, you’ll also be avoiding many processed foods, for which your body will thank you! Healthy skin and hair are a welcome side effect.
Remember – living sustainably isn’t a trend; it’s a lifestyle. We’ll focus on the organic haircare – the rest is up to you.