By Khadija Dukes
Being vegan is more than just a diet. It is to avoid ingredients and animal products in all aspects. There are actually a lot of animal products found in skincare, cosmetics and other beauty products. Some of them are the following:
Vegan skincare eliminates all animal-derived ingredients and so it is made from plants, animals as well as synthetic ingredients that are safe. Aside from being dairy-free, it also contains a lot of vegetables, which the skin will appreciate. Plant-based diets are low in fat and doesn’t have pore-clogging saturated fats which are found in products that are animal-derived. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and antioxidants which fight skin aging.
Zinc found in beans for example fights pimples and decreases inflammation and helps prevent redness and acne. Vegan diet along with vegan skincare is your ultimate weapon to have clearer and glowing skin from the inside out.
I am currently on a mission to find all-natural,vegan skincare products to incorporate into my daily skincare routine. I want to make my skincare and makeup products match my vegan diet, so I will be searching for products with pure, high-quality ingredients.
The products that I use for my vegan skincare are:
- Banish Fighter Gel
- Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
- Banish Activated Charcoal Clay Masque
- Banish Vitamin C Elixir
- Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask
BANISH FIGHTER GEL
I so love the Banish Fighter Gel! It is literally a miracle in a bottle. I was hesitant at first because some of the ingredients are new to me but when I had a new pimple popping up, I bravely applied this, totally covering it. The next day, the inflammation magically decreased! I was so amazed and would recommend it to anyone. Works like magic for me.
BANISH PUMPKIN ENZYME MASQUE
I am a fan of pumpkin pie and fall and so this masque appealed to me right away. This is my go to product whenever I have a pimple before I discovered the Fighter Gel. I use this twice a week to exfoliate my skin. If you are on the sensitive type of skin, I recommend that you use the Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Masque as a spot treatment only. This has a tingling sensation once you apply it onto your skin, so it might be too harsh for you if you apply it on your entire face.
BANISH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL CLAY MASQUE
I have tried a couple of charcoal masks from different brands but I found the one from Banish, unique. With research, I found out that blackheads and whiteheads were also considered as active acne and so this Banish Activated Charcoal Clay Masque helped a lot. It is also a deadly combination, in a good way, with the pumpkin masque in fighting pimples.
BANISH VITAMIN C ELIXIR
This spray mist is my life-saver during summer or any hot day. I usually use this as the last step of my routine, after the masques. I would also use this to simply hydrate my skin whenever it feels dry and dull. I found out that the Banish Vitamin C Elixir has tea tree oil, which is a natural antimicrobial, which would help in preventing acne.
AZTEC INDIAN HEALING CLAY MASK
One of the products I have purchased is the Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask. At $8.99, this is a reasonably priced mask. Not to mention, the jar is huge! This one container will last me well over a year. The mask itself is just a powder and you can mix it with water, rose water, or apple cider vinegar. I mix mine with diluted apple cider vinegar to get the right consistency. This mask works wonders for acne and will quickly dry up your pimples. It also brings cysts to the surface so that they go away faster. As an added bonus, this mask makes your skin super soft, so this will definitely be one of my go-to masks.
I have also been a huge animal lover all of my life. Always had at least one dog and three cats, I volunteer at a cat shelter and used to work on a farm. It didn't take me until this year to ask myself “Why am I buying things that make animals suffer?” So I slowly started changing aspects of my life to have less of an impact on animals. Here are three tips to get started:
1. START SLOW
If you all of a sudden go out and replace all of your products for vegan/cruelty-free it will end up costing you a lot of money (which I don't have) and is a huge waste. If you all of a sudden go from being an omnivore to vegan overnight it will be a huge struggle for your well being and your body. It takes a couple months for your body to get used to eating different things so it's best to go slow. For me I know I’m not ready to go full vegan, or even vegetarian for awhile so I decided to start with the products I use. Whenever I was getting low on a product (ex: Shampoo) I would go out and buy a vegan/cruelty-free shampoo that did similar things as my old product. So after a period of 4-5 months, I slowly replaced all of my products to vegan or cruelty-free. Now I feel so much better when I go to have a shower or do my makeup because I know that what I'm using has not been tested on an animal.
This is a very important aspect of the process. Whenever you are going to buy a new product you need to try and find one that will work well, is a reasonable price, and you can easily buy where you live. My favorite sites to search is www.crueltyfreekitty.com and www.crueltyfreeinternational.org. To find reviews on products: www.makeupalley.com or YouTube.
3. DON’T FORGET THE SIMPLE THINGS
Mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss, feminine hygiene products and deodorant are tested on animals too! Lush and Tom’s are great brands for oral health. My suggestion for feminine hygiene is to get a DivaCup because it is reusable, cruelty free, and saves a lot of money. Deodorant was one of the first cruelty-free products I bought because antiperspirants essentially clog your sweat glands and lead to breast cancer. So I highly suggest getting Crystal deodorant because it is all natural(mineral salt), one stick will last you over a year, and no more white residue on your pits.
What is your vegan skincare routine? Comment down below.