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What Exactly is Vegan Skin Care?

The vegan lifestyle trend has been growing in popularity in recent years.  And if you want to live a complete vegan lifestyle, its not just about your diet.  It means including vegan skin care, cosmetics and household products in your daily life (amongst other things).  Whilst I don’t live a vegan lifestyle myself, I was very curious to understand more about vegan skin care and why it might be beneficial to add to my skin care routine.vegan skin care

Facetheory kindly gifted me several of their vegan skin care products to try at home and asked me to deep dive a little more into their brand to understand the ethos behind their products and offering.  So here are my findings on what exactly is vegan skin care along with some feedback about the lovely brand Facetheory and their products.

About Facetheory

Facetheory was established in the UK a few years ago and since their commencement, they have shipped in excess of 200,000 orders.  They make everything from their factory in Sheffield and deliver to over 40 countries around the world.

Their mission is simple – to make the best clean skin care products possible whilst making them affordable to many consumers.

All ingredients used in Facetheory products are vegan and none of them are animal-derived.  They also offer every single product as un-fragranced as standard.

Facetheory are very clever in their dual action approach of combining nature and science to formulate their products.  Carefully chosen botanicals, such as green tea and chamomile, are combined with high-performing actives like retinol and vitamin c to make the perfect vegan skin care products for you to enjoy.

They pride themselves on their use of sustainable packaging and aim to stop using all single-use plastics.  Most products come in amber glass jars with aluminium caps – or 100% aluminium tubes i.e. they are easy to recycle! They also use biodegradable materials when packing your order.

I was also pleased to learn that Facetheory believes that beauty should be cruelty-free.  All of their own brand cosmetic products are approved under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny programme, the internationally recognisable gold standard for cruelty-free products.

Vegan Skin Care

What Does Vegan Skin Care Mean?

Put simply, vegan skin care products are products which have been made without using any animal products or animal by-products.  A true vegan skin care product will thus only contain ingredients derived from plants, minerals or those that have been synthetically made.

You may not realise but many of our skin care products include animal derived ingredients such as lanolin, honey, keratin and collagen.  Whilst such skin care products or cosmetics with these ingredients might be cruelty free, they are not vegan products.

Its also important to bear in mind that just because a product is vegan, it doesn’t explicitly mean that it has not been tested on animals.  So it is important that you check the packaging and ensure the brand has received the appropriate endorsements to indicate it is cruelty free.

Why Vegan Skin Care?

If you are wondering why you should consider vegan skin care as part of your at home beauty regime, here are a few reasons:

  • Kinder to animals,
  • Tends to be more gentle on the skin due to its natural origins, and
  • Compliments a full vegan lifestyle.

How Do I Know If My Skin Care Products Are Vegan?

If you are eager to understand whether your skin care products are vegan, you can go through the process of checking each ingredient and researching whether it is an animal derived ingredient.  Alternatively, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a global organisation that works to protect animal rights.  This organisation offers two stamps: ‘cruelty-free‘ and ‘vegan‘.  These stamps can be found on packaging of products they approve of – therefore taking the guess work out of it for you.

Why I Love Facetheory

I have only recently been introduced to Facetheory and their vegan skin care products, however I have quickly become a big fan of what they have to offer.  Here are just a few of the reasons why:

Facetheory Products I Tried

I mentioned at the start of the blog post that I was sent a few products by Facetheory to try at home and see how I enjoyed them.  I chose a wide selection of products based on skin care products I would normally buy and use as part of my routine.  These are the products I was gifted:

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My favorite product was the Pink Clay Face Mask which is made from microfine pink clay and several active ingredients that encourage skin cell exfoliation and renewal.  My skin felt so soft, smooth and clear after applying the mask one evening.  And thankfully, I didn’t experience any unsightly breakouts in the days following (which tends to happen with similar products!)

I hope you have found this blog post information and that I have answered some of your questions about what vegan skin care is.  The products offered by Facetheory are lovely, gentle products and I highly recommend taking their online quiz and finding some products that will work for you.  Take care – Shell x

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