I get this question almost as much as food related questions… What makeup and skincare do you use as a vegan?

As a self confessed girly girl and beauty junky (I did start out my career by doing beauty therapy after all!) I have tried more makeup, fake tan and skincare than I would care to admit or disclose!

Our skin is also our largest organ and whatever we put on our skin is absorbed straight into our bloodstream so I always opt for products with organic ingredients with no nasties such as parabens, fragrances, sulphites and glycols.

MY SKIN

A bit of background on my skin- I have stage 1 rosacea, which is a vascular condition that makes my skin very sensitive. I flush and blush, and it can be very red at times. In later stages of rosacea, the skin can also develop pustules, papules and thickening. They don’t really know what causes rosacea but its believed to be somewhat of a genetic condition and is made worse by stimulants such as sun exposure, alcohol and spicy food.

I also have Melasma which is a pigmentation condition caused from inflammation of the melanocyte cells (one in 10 of our skin cells is a melanocyte and this produces our pigmentation.) I find in my patients this is most common in women and is caused by excess inflammation or hormones. I developed melasma after been on the contraceptive pill for many years, Melasma is also very common in Asian skin and during and after pregnancy.

Both Rosacea and Melasma can only ever be controlled not cured, however after following a vegan plant based diet, mine has very visibly improved. My main concern with my skin is to reduce inflammation and redness, lighten pigmentation, hydration and protection to ward off premature ageing.

SO WHAT DO I USE?

SKINCARE
I have used and recommend to my patients Aspect Dr skincare for 9 years. I love that Aspect Dr is an Australian made and owned skincare company that use certified organic ingredients free from pesticides, parabens, perfumes and dyes. They do not test on animals and are suitable for vegans. On top of all these lovely qualities Aspect Dr is chirally correct which means that the ingredients are designed to penetrate in and around skin cells, which means they actually treat the skin at a cellular level opposed to just creating a barrier. This is an issue with some of the more naturally based skincare products.
I use their Active C serum, Deep Clean Cleanser, Complete Pigment Serum, Redless, Exfol A and AHA and Resveratrol Moisturizer.

BODY
For my body I use JAKS Organics, I am truly addicted to their Scrub, which contains Epsom salts, bicarb soda and green tea leaves to purify and invigorate my skin. I also use JAKS Organics Face and Body wipes after the gym and Bikram yoga. They contain hydrating oils like coconut, rosehip, aloe vera and vitamin E that hydrate and soothe skin. For a body moisturizer I love just plain coconut oil. Currently I’m using Coconut Magic.

TANNING
I always struggled with tans because of my sensitive skin, I once actually scratched tan straight off my leg after continually scratching in my sleep. My deal breakers with tans are that they need to have a
Nice color (preferably green based because I’m so fair!)
Don’t smell funky
Wears off well
I’ve been using Eco Tan for the past few years and LOVE it! It ticks all the boxes and no itchies! It’s a true organic tanning range made from chocolate, flower essence, chamomile and all things natural and organic.

MAKEUP
For the past 7 years I have been a huge supporter of Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup. Along with their minerals been so pure and refined, its also added physical sun protection with zinc and titanium dioxide (micro not nano particles) They are certified by PETA and officially certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) and are now part of the Leaping Bunny Program. Their makeup always sits well and lasts all day. I use their BB cream, Pure Pressed Powder, Lengthening and Thickening Mascara, Lip Fixations, Brow Pencil and Glow Time Bronzer and Highlighter.

ESSENTIAL OILS
I have recently been adding some Doterra oils into my beauty regime. I often use a drop of frankincense into my moisturizer, peppermint to my coconut oil if I’m looking a little bloated and lemon to invigorate my skin.

WHY CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY?
Each year more than 100 million animals including mice, rats, frogs, cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish and birds are killed in animal testing laboratories in the US alone. In these laboratories these animals are used in medical training, curiosity- driven experimentation, chemical, drug, food and cosmetic testing. They are specifically breed, kept in tiny cages and are forced to have substances ingested and applied.

Weather you are vegan or not, I feel this should be the most logical step everyone should take to ethically support stopping the current exploitation of animals. Sure historically testing on animals has been beneficial in a sense of medical and drug advancements but surely we can all see the difference between testing medication some people may need to testing a lipstick you want. Also our skin and genetic make up is different to a rat and rabbit, therefore there’s no guarantee because it doesn’t irritate a rabbits skin, it wont irritate ours. We all really need to be showing demand for companies that don’t currently test on animals and ensure the ingredients they use are not derived from animals, because above all else- it’s unnecessary.

It’s really not difficult following a cruelty free beauty regime. These products are in my opinion the best of the best anyway but once you add that they are all also- cruelty free, organic and suit my skin, its really very clear that this is what you’ll find on my beauty shelf.

I’d love to hear what vegan skincare products you use so be sure to tell me in the comments down below.

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