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World Vegan Month: Nurture Your Skin with Vegan Self-Care Products and Cosmetics

As many of my readers know, finding natural, no-fuss skincare products to nurture my skin with is very important.

Treating our bodies with kindness and care is the best way to achieve great health. However, as busy moms, it’s not always easy to do so. That’s why I’m excited about World Vegan Month (November 2020). It’s the perfect time to acquaint ourselves with high-quality, safe, natural products that are also good for the planet and the creatures that reside in it.

What does it take for a skincare product or cosmetic line to be considered vegan and cruelty-free?

What Are Vegan and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics?

It’s not uncommon to hear the terms “vegan” and “cruelty-free” used interchangeably, but there is a significant difference between them.

  • Vegan Products: The term refers to a product’s ingredients – they don’t contain any animal or animal-derived ingredients. However, the term does not apply to the production process, meaning that vegan cosmetics can be tested on animals.
  • Cruelty-Free: The term refers to the testing process, as opposed to the ingredients. The final product was not tested on animals. The ingredients can contain animal products, including honey, collagen, beeswax, gelatin, etc.

Which is best? Ultimately, it depends on what’s important to each person, but I recommend looking for both vegan and cruelty-free products.

It’s also good to remember that a company can claim just about anything on their label – it doesn’t always make it true. Finding legal loopholes isn’t that difficult. To find vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare products to nurture our skin, check the label for:

  • Choose Cruelty-Free
  • The Vegan Society
  • PETA
  • Leaping Bunny

A brand must pass certain requirements to receive these certifications.

Why It Matters

We love our pets, right? We wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to them. After researching what happens to animals all in the name of beauty and self-care for humans, I want to extend my compassion toward non-pet animals.

According to PETA, over 100 million animals die each year to make or test cosmetics – and it’s not just mice and rats either. Other animals used in cosmetics testing include:

  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Birds
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Guinea pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Monkeys
  • Hamsters

Changing out just one or two of our normal products for vegan, cruelty-free products can help reduce the number of animals harmed each year.

Vegan Cosmetics and Skincare Products – A Great Way to Nurture Our Skin

Vegan products aren’t just great for the animals – they’re an ideal way for us to practice some self-care and nurture our skin.

When we eat, we want to choose the highest-quality foods possible, so, when we can, we invest in natural, organic foods and drinks.

By choosing skincare products and cosmetics that are vegan and cruelty-free, which often have fewer ingredients, we’re choosing a healthy, uncomplicated way to nurture our skin.

Affordable, No-Fuss Vegan Skincare Products

Sometimes, it seems like a brand will label their products “vegan” or “cruelty-free” and then increase the price exponentially.

Thankfully, we don’t have to go broke to purchase high-quality cosmetics and skincare products. I’ve found a few brands that provide vegan products at affordable prices , including:

I highly recommend checking out PETA’s list of approved brands for those who want to take their skincare and vegan efforts to the next level

Protecting the Animals While Protecting Our Skin and Health

Self-care is so important to our physical, mental, and emotional health. Using healthful products – including vegan, cruelty-free skincare products and cosmetics – will help us take even better care of our bodies whenever possible.

Using these products will also give us peace of mind because using them helps protect our body from harmful chemicals. Plus, knowing that no animals were harmed while these products were made feels great, too.

November is the perfect month to do so for those of us who haven’t tried vegan cosmetics yet. Happy World Vegan Month, everyone. Here’s to healthy, cruelty-free self-care!

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