This will seem pretty obvious to those who have fully adopted the vegan lifestyle, but I’m here to talk to those who aren’t or have no desire to be vegan, and to explain why I’ve decided to change my cosmetics to a vegan, gluten free and cruelty free brand.
Vegan cosmetics do not contain any animal ingredients or animal derived by-products. Some examples of these exclusions are: Beeswax, lanolin and gelatine.
Those who actively live a vegan lifestyle will look out for products that are vegan and cruelty free. But, having one does not guarantee the other. Luckily for me, I have found a brand that can happily provide both, and it’s meant that I can switch every item I currently own to this new brand, who fit in with my ethos and lifestyle (or at least my attempted one)
I think it’s important to point out that I am not vegan. Now, some people may think that’s hypocritical to want cruelty free and vegan cosmetics, but to not fully follow through. I have started to add small doses of veganism into my life, and I have become much more researched into the products I am using on my skin, and it just so happens that botanically based vegan products work better for me- and I can use them without feeling guilty about all the crap that’s in it.
People with sensitive skin can find vegan products more soothing, and as someone who suffers from psoriasis, I have seen a huge change in my skin since I started using Arbonne. And, it’s not just me! Anyone from my baby nieces, to my fiance and manager at work, they have all seen the benefits of the creams i use. Having tried every lotion under the sun, it’s clear that stuff I’ve been using before has only been helping my skin temporarily or has been a powerful steroid that cant be used constantly.
Many high street brands are now offering vegan products, which means it’s easier to get them openly. But, not only do I want ethically sound products, I want them to work and I want proof that they do. The one thing I’ve loved about all my Arbonne products is that I’ve been able to try them before buying. Rather than standing in Superdrug picking products up and pretending that i know which one to choose, I had someone sit with me and actually talk me through exactly what my skin and body needed.
Because of that experience, I want to offer that to someone else too. My skin is softer and brighter than ever, my hair is shiny and my issues with gluten and IBS are being solved because of all the wonderful botanical and free from products I use.
Vegan products can sometimes be a bit more expensive than your normal, but when it comes to what you put on your body, it’s important that you’re not absorbing anything harmful. It’s easy to ignore what’s in your products because you may not be able to see a direct cause and affect, or if you don’t suffer from a skin condition, you may not think you need specialist products. I’ve been the same my entire life!
The cheaper the products, the better! And, most of the time i never saw much difference to my skin. Thanks to my members of my family, I’ve now become so much more aware of the benefits of vegan cosmetics, and generally a more botanically based lifestyle. I don’t expect everyone i know to go and switch all of their products, or even switch at all, but compliments on my skin and hair are slowly increasing, and if you want to feel the same way then its worth looking into what’s out there for you.
Want to know more or try it out for yourself? Just get in touch! x