A. A Vegan Skincare Routine (For Acne Prone Skin)
I have been fighting acne since I was a teenager. It may seem like an insignificant detail to many people, but for anyone who has ever had to leave with a face full of beautiful spots, you know that it can affect your mood and confidence. Of course, some may say that because of the airbrush pictures we are bombarded with every day of our lives, we have negative feelings about our imperfect skin. This is probably true, but it still does not resolve the feeling of boredom when a new point appears.
I feel like I’ve tried all the face creams and soaps under the sun to clean my skin and none of them really worked. Finally, when I was 18, my doctor prescribed me isotretinoin (or roaccutane). I took this medicine for about 7 months and it completely cleared my skin. It was a miracle and I felt incredibly happy. But not long after my 22nd birthday, I realized that the spots were coming back and my confidence was fading. Isotretinoin is a powerful drug and should not be taken. It is a last resort. Determined to face these points alone, I decided to find out what really worked for me.
Acne usually occurs when oil and dead skin cells accumulate on our face and clog pores. That’s why I think the best way to reduce stains is to dry them. This is similar to how isotretinoin works. However, if your skin becomes too dry, it can overflow and produce even more oil. It is a difficult balance. In addition, if you dry these areas, it means that the moisturizer will also become your new best friend.
Before talking about my routine, I must inform you that my skin is still not completely acne free. There are days when this is the case, but the main thing is that it is much better than when I don’t. Don’t follow a routine. Even what works for me may not work for someone else, but I hope that at least indicates the right direction. I’m not claiming to be a skin specialist, I’m just someone who struggles with my skin and is constantly looking for products that work. In general, my skin is a mixture of dry and oily, and always sensitive. That means it can be difficult to find balance, but so far this routine has worked very well for me.
1. In the morning
Every morning I use the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to wash my face. It is incredibly smooth and I love the feel of my smooth skin after using it. I place two pumps on my fingers, massage my dry face, rinse it off with warm water, and dry my face gently with a towel. I always recommend this cleanser to my friends, as this product alone has greatly improved the appearance of my skin.
Next, I moisturize with Liz Earl’s Skin Repair Light Moisturizer for combination / oily skin. I think this is a great moisturizer for sensitive skin, it is very soothing. I like how light it is and how soft my skin feels afterwards. Most importantly, it is not tested on animals.
I don’t like to do much in the morning, when my skin is reacting and I look like a beet all day. When I go out, I leave the moisturizer and then put on the makeup. When I’m not going out for makeup, I put a little 10% Niacinamide + 1% Ordinary Zinc all over my face. This product is labeled as a “high concentration mineral and vitamin formula” and aims to reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion. To be honest, he does just that. Common products are a game changer.
2. In the evening
This is where the magic really happens. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before, but it’s so important that you put on all your makeup before bed. And I mean EVERYTHING! No cheating.
So, I use Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser again to wash my face. I then use Liz Earl’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I put a little on a towel and wipe my face so that it is completely free of dirt. It’s amazing how dirty your face can be during the day. I really like this skin tonic because it does not contain alcohol and really moisturizes and refreshes the skin. It contains extracts of aloe vera and cucumber, which means that it is beautiful and soothing as well. I moisten and brush my teeth while I let them work.
Then, I use the products that really help fight acne and the scars it leaves. I put a little 10% niacinamide + 1% zinc from The Ordinary on my forehead, cheeks and chin. And then rub it over my skin and move it off the center. I let this absorb and then use the same procedure to do the same with the 2% Common Granative Retinoid Emulsion. This product helps to combat imperfections of texture and unwanted pigmentation.
If my skin doesn’t really look good, I use Salicylic Fix Concentrate Extreme 2% NIP + FAB as an alternative. Especially designed to combat blemishes and purify the skin. Ordinary makes a similar product with salicylic acid, but it sells frequently, which I think is a sign of how well it works. Salicylic acid dries these uncomfortable spots perfectly.
In the morning, once a week, I will exfoliate my skin after using my cleanser. I switch between Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty and AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution from The Ordinary – depending on what I need for my skin. I use the Magnaminty Mask when I feel a little stained and I want to soothe my skin. I think this mask is great for drawing spots and speeding up the healing process. I use the exfoliating solution when I need a deeper peel, which makes my skin more radiant and with smaller pores. Unfortunately, if I exfoliate more than once a week, my skin will break. If that happens, you can even try to exfoliate every two weeks.
Another natural way to dry these particularly difficult areas and reduce redness is to put a little tea tree oil on them. You may need something more powerful. Therefore, I recommend looking for a vegan and humane product that contains benzene peroxide. You may need to consult your doctor for this. Regardless of the products you choose, always remember to rehydrate your skin whenever you want to dry it. Keeping your skin hydrated is the key to a healthy, youthful appearance. It also means that your makeup will look better. Never forget to add moisture.
While it is important to take care of yourself, it is also important to take care of the world around us. I wish this routine wasn’t 100% sustainable in terms of packaging, but that’s what I’m trying to work on. The next best thing I believe I can do is to make sure my routine is vegan and cruelty free. There is never a reason to exploit and harm animals.
B. Why Choose Cruelty-Free & Vegan Skincare?
Skin care is the largest segment of the beauty industry. Worldwide sales of $ 130 billion are expected by 2019. Cosmetics and skin care companies dominate much of the market and take up a lot of space in the corridor to keep up with demand and competition.
In addition to increasing the amount of chemicals used as preservatives to extend shelf life, companies are testing animals for quick and easy research. Some people may mistake this for a harmless practice, but in a public survey by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), 72 percent of respondents considered testing cosmetics on animals unethical.
Until these products reach the shelves, they are considered “safe”. However, almost all skin products and treatments for acne come with a warning label that recommends avoiding direct eye contact and consulting a doctor in case of allergic reactions. This is because the new products being made in our era of scientifically inspired cosmetics contain many powerful synthetic compounds that offer great penetration. No one can really be sure how each individual will react to a particular chemical, and animal studies are used to make these assumptions.
1. “Cruelty-free” products
If you’re wondering how to keep your skin clean, look for cruelty-free skin care options like bioClarity. It is our mission to develop products that are friendly, and that includes being kind to animals. We are proud to be certified by Leaping Bunny, the gold standard for cruelty-free certification! The immense amount of pain and suffering that results from such experiments is well documented. In the eye version of the Draize test, rabbits are placed in restricted herds so that they cannot fight or clean their eyes. In the skin version, the products are applied to the shaved backs of the rabbits to check for irritations that can kill them or soothe them to be washed and reused.
These tests are not always accurate. The human eye, whose cornea is thicker and represents 7% of the eye’s surface, is very different from the eye of a rabbit, whose cornea represents 25%. These differences may be responsible for hundreds of incidents in which the accidental exposure of the human eye to household products did not correlate with Draize’s eye test data. The skin test does not do much better due to the different anatomy and cell composition between species. Science has made dramatic advances since 1944, and information historically obtained from animal testing has been increasingly replaced by cheaper, more reliable, non-animal based methods.
Note: Just because something is labeled “cruelty free” does not necessarily mean it is vegan.
2. “Vegan” Products
Veganism is not just a diet. It is a lifestyle choice that one avoids using products that contain ingredients of animal origin. You don’t have to be vegan for vegan-friendly beauty to be important to you. Yes, vegan products are more friendly to animals, as they do not contain by-products. In addition, these products typically use safe, pure and effective ingredients that are environmentally and socially conscious. Animal husbandry and the processes it involves contribute to the biggest cause of global warming. By simply changing your beauty and skin care products, you are helping to reduce your environmental footprint.
It is not just your conscience that benefits when choosing vegan skin care products. Since vegan skin care products are usually made from organic and natural ingredients, they are generally softer on the skin, especially for sensitive skin types. You avoid aggressive man-made chemical ingredients that are usually tested on animals and found in commercially available skin care products.
In addition, brands that use animal ingredients may find it very difficult to determine the quality control and purity of the source, and there may be many potential health risks. Whatever the animal was exposed to, such as B. Pesticides, will now be included in the sample that is applied to its skin for absorption.
Vegan skin care products are thinner and easier to absorb through the skin. They help to increase the natural glow of the skin, providing the most effective benefits against aging by combining antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and plants that are good for the skin. Vegan skin care can also help improve your skin by eliminating anything that is dry, discolored, irritated or sensitized to my skin. These are just some of the benefits of switching to vegan and humane skin care products. In short, you are not only putting aside unnecessary cruelty to animals, but it is much better for your skin, your health and the planet. Anti-stain products are no exception. So, opt for humane acne treatments too so that you can fight breakouts without endorsing animal testing.
3. What can you do
We’ve put together some strategies you can use to help you make the most informed and ethical decisions about your acne treatments and skin products.
a. Know your facts
One of the best ways to get involved is to stay informed. Keep up to date with the latest news and developments regarding animal testing laws. In recent news, Guatemala has become the first country in America to ban cosmetic testing on animals from February 2017, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) continues to approve safe alternative tests without testing on animals.
According to Cruelty Free International, the top ten countries in the world in animal testing are: USA, Japan, China, Australia, France, Canada, Britain, Germany, Taiwan and Brazil. Alternatively, the entire ban on animal testing in the European Union and the sale of products / ingredients recently tested on animals came into force in 2011.
b. Read your labels
You can assume your products are vegan, but there are actually many animal products that are used in popular cosmetics and skin care products – most people have no idea that they are using them.
Some non-vegan ingredients commonly found in cosmetics are:
- Beeswax: beeswax is obtained by melting a honeycomb with boiling water, sifting and cooling.
- Carmine: This is a dye also known as Natural Red # 4. This “natural” dye, which is used in many foods and cosmetics, actually gets its color from dried and ground red beetles. Many of these little insects are needed to make crimson – 70,000 for just half a kilo of extract, to be more precise. The part of the insect that contains the most carmine red is in the abdomen, where fertilized eggs are also stored. During the manufacturing process, the belly and eggs are separated from the rest of the body and then powdered, boiled and filtered.
- Collagen: heralded as the beauty secret of the supermodel, collagen occurs naturally in our bodies. However, humans can also take collagen supplements, which are made from the bones, skin and connective tissue of animals such as cattle, fish, horses, pigs or rabbits. Doctors say that because of the way collagen is metabolized in the body, drinking or eating collagen does not necessarily mean that there is more collagen in the skin.
- Keratin: is a protein obtained from horns, hooves, feathers, feathers and hair from various animals. This product can be used in hair conditioners and shampoos as it can provide permanent solutions. Cruelty-free alternatives include natural ingredients like rosemary and nettle, which add body and strength to the hair strands.
- Guanine: it is extracted from crushed fish scales and is usually found in enamels, shampoos and other items of daily use. It can be referred to as CI 75170 or “natural pearl essence”. Guanine is made by processing scraps of dead fish from farmed fish and suspending them in alcohol.
- Lanolin: is a fatty substance extracted from mammals with wool and used in various products, such as moisturizers and shaving creams. Farmers press lanolin from the harvested wool. The resulting extract reaches cosmetics, especially lipsticks, and thus obtains its sticky consistency.
3. Buy with ethics
The most important thing you can do to make a difference in the skin care industry is to buy only products labeled “vegan” and “humane”. This guarantees environmentally friendly buying habits and ensures that your skin receives only the best possible care. You can always count on bioClarity’s vegan and humane skin care products to improve your complexion in a clean and environmentally friendly way. Fight breakouts with our clear-skinned routine, which uses mild yet effective ingredients like salicylic acid and green tea for acne.