The concept of vegan skincare is winning over more and more consumers all over the globe. This used to be a niche market, but nowadays, plenty of people are abandoning their favourite cosmetic products from major brands, in favour of locally sourced, natural products instead.
In fact, the global market for vegan cosmetics is projected to grow to $28.5 billion by the year 2031, showing how successfully veganism has infiltrated the skincare and beauty industry.
In this article, we will outline exactly what is the difference between vegan and non-vegan skincare.
What is the difference between vegan and non-vegan skincare?
Once you know the difference between vegan and non-vegan skincare, this will help you feel more informed with your shopping choices going forward:
Vegan skincare is not tested on animals, so it is 100% cruelty-free. Whereas, non-vegan skincare may test their products on animals, prior to selling them to the public.
In vegan skincare products, none of the ingredients used are from animals – so you will not find things such as animal hair, beeswax, gelatine, carmine, shellac and collagen.
In contrast, non-vegan skincare products do use these animal-derived ingredients in their creams, lotions, shampoos, makeup, makeup removers, nail polishes, and more.
Additionally, vegan skincare brands tend to incorporate more natural herbs and plant-based ingredients in their products.
Whereas, non-vegan companies tend to use artificial colourants, preservatives and pollutants. These chemicals can be super harmful to your health because they are man-made, full of fragrances and are more likely to irritate the skin.
What are the benefits of vegan skincare?
Switching to vegan skincare offers fantastic benefits for your health and well-being, while also being the cleaner choice for the planet.
It is a wise idea for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding mums to use vegan skincare. After all, the skin is the largest organ of the human body, so the better you take care of it, the less you will experience uncomfortable symptoms such as dryness and facial breakouts.
Certain active cosmetic ingredients can be absorbed through the skin during pregnancy, which may pass into the bloodstream and thus affect the unborn baby. That is why it is important to choose pregnancy-safe skincare products and read the ingredients carefully every time you shop for cosmetic items.
Here are the benefits of using vegan skincare:
- Vegan skincare brands do not engage in cruelty to animals
With no animal testing and no animal-derived ingredients used in the manufacturing process, vegan skincare brands adopt a much more ethical approach to developing cosmetics.
Think of all the countless lives of animals saved from abusive conditions and death at laboratories across the world, just because vegan companies choose to use natural ingredients instead.
- Vegan skincare products are healthy for the body and skin
Because vegan skincare products place a huge emphasis on natural, earthy ingredients, they are often rich in powerful nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C. These offer terrific benefits for your skin health.
For instance, plant-based ingredients like jojoba and lavender help keep your skin cells healthy, by hydrating the skin, reducing irritation, and killing bacteria that clog up your pores.
Non-vegan skincare products are loaded with artificial fragrances and toxic chemicals such as parabens, sulphates and dyes. These are so harmful, that they can cause skin irritation, disrupt hormones, affect the reproductive organs and even affect birth outcomes in pregnant women.
- Shopping for vegan products reduces your carbon footprint
Vegan skincare is naturally more environmentally friendly than its non-vegan counterparts.
Vegan skincare brands (such as ours at Mama Jewels) make it a priority to adopt sustainable practices. For example, we use recyclable materials and packaging, which is far better for the earth than using plastic packaging- which will take decades to degrade in a landfill.
Where can I buy vegan skincare?
Bringing a child into the world is a beautiful experience, but we at Mama Jewels understand that pregnancy and giving birth are tough on women’s bodies. The ordeal leaves mums exhausted, sore, scarred and in severe discomfort and pain.
We have personally experienced how difficult it is to find adequate skincare products that are safe for pregnant mums, postpartum mums and breastfeeding mums.
This motivated us to create our own vegan skincare brand, to help women feel clean, hydrated and pampered in their skin and bodies.
Our products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. All of the ingredients we use are vegan-friendly, sustainably sourced, and certified organic.
This skincare range is not just designed for pregnant and postpartum mums exclusively- many of our products are suitable for the whole family, including the new baby!
Read on to discover some of our favourite vegan, cruelty-free products in our skincare collection:
Our Baby and Bump Balm
Every pregnant mum or postpartum mum deals with scratches, bumps, dry patches, stretch marks and everything in between.
Our Baby and Bump Balm is a natural soothing remedy to deal with those pesky skin issues. It is a 100% natural blend of skin-nourishing butter and oils, to soothe those boo-boos!
Even the most sensitive little skin will be softened, which is why our nourishing balm can be used on your little angel, so their skin will feel hydrated and smooth.
Specially formulated for babies to provide moisture and nourishment to skin in need of TLC, our balm contains shea butter and almond oil for extra skin protection.
You won’t have to worry about any harsh ingredients or toxic chemicals in our Baby and Bump Balm- this tub of goodness is free from preservatives, artificial perfumes and colourants.
Our gorgeous Baby and Bump Balm slides easily on the skin, giving you that wonderful pregnancy glow!
Click here to shop our Baby and Bump Balm.
Our Vegan Baby and Bump Natural Serum for Mum & Baby
Isn’t it so frustrating when you have to use different skincare products for different family members, because you all have different skin types and needs?
Well, we have created our Vegan Baby and Bump Natural Serum for Mum and Baby, as a ‘2 in 1’ solution to treat skin problems of both mother and infant.
Gentle enough for a baby’s sensitive, tender skin, our serum can be used to hydrate your little angel’s dry patches.
Handmade with love in the UK, you can also use this product to treat nappy rashes, eczema flare-ups and dry skin which is prone to dermatitis and psoriasis.
Rich in Sweet Almond Oil and shea butter, with added chamomile and calendula, this deeply serum is deeply nourishing.
It is also a useful soothing remedy for treating wounds, burns, scars and inflammation.
Click here to shop our Vegan Baby and Bump Natural Serum for Mum and Baby.
Vegan Matcha Green Tea Rejuvenating Face Mask
Our Vegan Matcha Green Tea Rejuvenating Face Mask is an indulgent self-care delight. It works wonders to help tired parents or expectant mums unwind and de-stress.
This relaxation goodie is included in our gift hampers– it is so lush, that our customers have recommended that we sell it separately.
The vegan recipe contains chia seeds, kelp and potato extract, to keep the skin hydrated and silky smooth. There is also a healthy dash of natural essential oils, which contain anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, to keep the skin looking youthful and glowy!
This mask is plastic-free, with not a drop of palm oil in sight.
Simply mix one heaped tablespoon of clay mask with 2-3 tablespoons of warm water, and mix to a smooth paste. Apply to the face for 10-15 minutes, relax, and then remove with warm water or a damp cloth.
You will have softer, younger-looking skin within minutes!
Click here to shop Our Vegan Matcha Green Tea Rejuvenating Face Mask
Natural Hemp and Avocado Lip Butter
Has your pregnancy resulted in your lips feeling dry and cracked? Do you need something to rescue your lips and leave them feeling plump and hydrated?
Our Natural Hemp and Avocado Vegan Lip Butter is the perfect solution to revive those chapped lips.
This all-vegan lip butter contains a healthy balance of ingredients needed for moisturised, supple lips:
- avocado oil which is deeply conditioning
- castor oil, which promotes skin healing
- cooling peppermint
- highly moisturising coconut oil
- mango butter, which contains vitamins that are essential for collagen production
- hemp oil, which is rich in essential omegas 3 and 6
Packed in a recyclable glass and aluminium jar, our lip butter is a wonderful example of how our cruelty-free skincare brand is kind to both your face and the planet.
Click here to shop our Natural Hemp and Avocado Vegan Lip Butter.
Vegan Unisex Hand Salve (Calendula and Chamomile)
Our Vegan Unisex Hand Salve (Calendula and Chamomile) is a superhero salve to rescue dry hands, but it is also gentle enough for the rest of the body for the whole family.
This salve works wonders for children and adults with eczema, psoriasis or dry patches in the elbows and knees. It contains calendula, a natural herb which is renowned for its hydrating, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.
This vegan-friendly salve also contains chamomile, which reduces skin redness and protects the skin from free radical damage.
Vegan Unisex Soap (Cinnamon and Lemon)
Our Vegan Unisex Soap (Cinnamon and Lemon) is a really affordable, masculine-scented soap. It creates a light and fluffy lather to cleanse away nasties and nourish your skin. You will leave your shower feeling and smelling fresh and sparkling clean!
Scented with natural lemon and cinnamon essential oils, this soap is particularly favoured by men and fits really well in our care package gift boxes for new dads.
Click here to shop our Vegan Unisex Soap (Cinnamon and Lemon).
Mama Jewels vegan & cruelty-free skincare brand
Now you know the difference between vegan and non-vegan skincare, click here to read more blog articles on:
- Why You Should Use Vegan Skincare
- What Makes a Vegan Skincare Brand?
- Vegan Gifts for Her: New Mums & Mums to Be
- The Best Eco-Friendly Gifts for Mums That Are Kind to The Skin and The Planet
About Mama Jewels
Mama Jewels is an independent gift box company, selling planet-friendly and vegan-friendly artisan gifts, to help make the transition to motherhood easier and more comfortable for pregnant mums and new mums.
Visit the Mama Jewels website here.
We hope you now better understand the difference between vegan and non-vegan skincare.