For some of us who have made the choice to embrace the vegan lifestyle, simply changing what and how we eat isn’t enough; we also have to make better choices about what we use in our day-to-day lives. Naturally, for beauty enthusiasts, this includes skincare and cosmetics as well. But how does one get started with transitioning to vegan products, especially if you’re new to the lifestyle? Here are some tips to get you on your way.
Research, research, research. The great thing about shopping nowadays is, that thanks to the internet, you can easily find whatever you’re looking for without having to do any legwork to begin with. So start putting those keyboard muscles to work, and look up popular vegan beauty brands, their most well-reviewed products, and the stores closest to you that carry them. Make sure to look at actual user feedbacks when checking out products to buy. Take note that sometimes, brands looking to boost their image would pay for favorable reviews, especially from high-profile influencers. Sponsored posts must always be taken with a grain of salt.
Learn what types of ingredients in beauty products to avoid. The toughest thing about determining whether or not a product is vegan is through its ingredients. Many companies who try to pass themselves off as vegan-friendly often conceal animal-derived ingredients through pseudonyms, or bury them at the bottom of already-lengthy ingredient lists. We recommend looking through online resources that list these ingredients in full so that the next time you’re out shopping, you can easily spot them and thus avoid them.
Choose products that are certified as both ‘vegan’ and ‘cruelty-free’. Not just one or the other. One mistake that vegans make when shopping for vegan lifestyle products is assuming that just because a product identifies itself as ‘cruelty-free,’ that means it’s vegan-friendly. Not necessarily. In fact, there’s a good chance it actually does contain animal-derived ingredients. The reverse is also true—a product labeled ‘vegan’ but not ‘cruelty-free’ may mean that it was tested on animals. So don’t make this mistake, and look for products that bear both labels.
Look for independent retailers. Another great thing about going vegan is that you’re not alone. Many people from all walks of life have embraced the lifestyle, and even more have decided to make it their way of earning a living as well. As such, you can easily find many independent makers of vegan-friendly products selling their wares online. You can also go to local craft shows and artisanal markets to find these products in your area as well. By going indie with your vegan product purchasing habits, you not only live the vegan lifestyle but also help foster and strengthen both your local and the global vegan communities.
Prepare to pay more than you’re used to. When it comes to making the transition from normal everyday goods to cruelty-free and vegan-certified products, another obstacle that always comes up is the fact that the latter often costs quite a bit more, and thus may not be as easy on your budget as you’d like. Sadly, it’s just something we all have to deal with.
But don’t be discouraged! Just like with everything else sold on the market, there’s always a good deal around the corner, or a sale you can take advantage of. All it takes is diligence and patience. Some affordable and yet high-quality brands include famous Korean brand Skinfood. One of their best-selling products is the Skinfood Avocado & Sugar Lip Scrub, a great product designed to nourish and continuously moisturize your lips with real sugar granules and avocado.
Be adventurous with brands. There are many mass-produced brands that cater to the vegan market today, especially in the realm of cosmetics and beauty products, and sometimes, it’s tempting to just be loyal to one—but you really shouldn’t. Not only are you simply confining yourself to just that one brand—and in the cosmetic world, that can get really boring really fast—but you’re also neglecting one of the best things about shopping for beauty products, which is the variety. Just because you’ve switched to the vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Try new brands out. Just make sure they’re vegan and cruelty-free beforehand!
Making the change toward adopting a vegan lifestyle can be challenging, especially if you’re a beauty enthusiast. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. With persistence and some really good research skills, you’ll be able to find really great vegan products that are sure to line your skincare and cosmetics cabinet for many years to come.