What is Vegan Skincare?

Veganism is about more than diet. Dedicated vegans avoid animal products and ingredients in all areas of their life. If you're wondering how vegan skincare differs from cruelty-free skincare, we explain it all.

The last decade has seen a food revolution, and the same is true for beauty products. You've demanded transparency, understanding, and, most importantly, safety.

The skincare fast-food equivalents are on their way out ... because you've shown that you want better choices. This global change in mindset has created a completely new sector of skincare: vegan products.


What is vegan skincare?


Animal Products in Skincare

Did you know there were animal products in your skincare? We don't blame you if you didn't. When you start to look, you'll be surprised just how many animal products are found in skincare, cosmetics, and nail varnishes.

Many traditional skincare ingredients are derived from animals. Do you recognise any of the following?

  1. Beeswax
  2. Collagen
  3. Keratin
  4. Hyaluronic acid
  5. Squalene
  6. Lanolin
  7. Stearic acid
  8. Elastin
  9. Honey
  10. Silk

Don't panic if you're vegan and you see ingredients you've been using. Some of these ingredients come from more than one source. Hyaluronic acid, for example, can be extracted from rooster combs OR created via bacterial fermentation.

Other ingredients on this list have no non-animal alternative. Lanolin, for example is a wax taken from the wool of sheep. Lanolin is known to help skin retain hydration. If lanolin is in a skincare product, the product can't be vegan-friendly (although it could qualify as cruelty-free).


What is vegan skincare?


The Vegan Skincare Difference

Vegan-friendly skincare eliminates all animal-derived ingredients. In other words, vegan skincare is made from plants and minerals as well as safe synthetic ingredients.

Want to avoid animal products in skincare but don't want to spend hours scanning ingredients lists? Three independent certification bodies put a 'vegan' stamp on vetted beauty products:

  1. PETA offers two stamps: 'cruelty-free' and 'vegan'.
  2. The Vegan Society
  3. Choose Cruelty Free provides a list of all Australian vegan beauty brands.

Just as you'd see a vegetarian 'V' on a Quorn-based dinner, you'll also see a happy bunny or Vegan Society stamp on a vegan-friendly moisturiser. Not all vegan brands or products bear these stamps, but if you want to pick vegan skincare quickly, the stamps offer a shortcut.

If you want to know whether your current skincare is vegan, PETA offers a helpful summary of animal-derived skincare ingredients.

We understand that shopping for vegan cosmetics can be a time-heavy task, so we wanted to make it as easy-breezy as can be. To do this, we've created a vegan products store. Here, you'll find vegan-friendly products alongside completely vegan ranges such as Inika and Designer Brands.

Head over to our Ultimate Guide article, 'How can I find vegan cosmetics?', to learn more about these vegan stamps, including which is most reliable.


What is vegan skincare?