Taking care of our skin is certainly something our older selves will thank us for. I have been vegan for 25 years and although I have not just lived off of green juices I do feel that my food choices, copious amounts of (mainly filtered) water as well as using plant based skincare has helped to keep my skin looking the best it possibly can be.
As well as telling you about some fantastic vegan skincare must haves, Dr Lucy Glancey also shares her expert skincare advice with us …
“I recommend using a gently cleanser twice a day without overdoing it. Avoid using hot water as it can strip the skin of its natural oil barrier meaning your skin will dry out quicker making it more itchy and flaky. Don’t just use a make-up wipe at the end of the day as this alone won’t cleanse your skin properly. It’s important to choose the right cleanser for your skin type. For sensitive skin I’d recommend using an hydrating, gentle cleanser.”
“For those with more oily, acne prone skin a salicylic acid based cleanser will help unclog the pores and remove excess oil. For those who tend to have dry skin, a cream cleanser can help your skin’s top layer retain more moisture. Start by Applying a small amount of cleanser into the palm of your hands and apply to the face, massage into the skin remembering the neck and décolletage area, rinse with lukewarm water or use a muslin cloth. Pat your face dry before using a toner applied with a cotton pad which will gently remove any excess dirt and oil left on the skin. I’d follow this with a vitamin C serum before applying moisturizer, waiting 20 mins before applying an SPF of at least 30 if you’re heading outdoors.”
“I loved taking this… I added to warm lemon water as well as with almond milk and in a smoothie. A pleasant taste too.”
Vegan Collagen is the UK’s much loved 100% natural skin formula that firms and smooths skin as well as boosting overall wellness and energy.
Harnessing the power of nature, this superfood combines powerful anti-ageing antioxidants from the whole-food matrix and supports wellness at the cellular level with pure plant-based ingredients. Containing a blend of pure plant-based ingredients including pink pitaya revered for its skin firming properties, camu camu berries to help restore radiance and baobab fruit which is rich in antioxidants.
British made and vegan friendly. RRP: £34.95 for 30 day supply or subscribe & save.
“I love how this feels, I adore the fragrance too. A fantastic natural product that I used nightly. A perfect oil to use with some facial yoga as well.”
The hero product from the fantastic Love Henri range …. and this is no surprise. Full of vitamins A, C and E. A beautiful blend of wild rosehip, precious rose and essential neroli to nourish, hydrate and protect your skin.
Simply warm a few drops in the palm of your hand and gently massage into cleansed face neck and décolletage at least three times a week.
The ingredients are sunflower oil, rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil, wheatgerm oil, rose absolute essential Oil, frankincense essential oil, and neroli essential oil.
“My 3 teens tried this, in fact they all decided they liked it a little too much and it got used up pretty quickly! We all liked the smell and the way it lathered up on the skin. My teenagers said it cleansed their skin and made it fee nice without drying it out too much but they did need to use moisturiser after using regularly.”
Carbon Theory’s Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Break-Out Control Facial Cleansing Bar has been dermatologically proven to prevent breakouts and keep your skin clear, balanced and hydrated.
This Cleansing Carbon Theory Soap is known for the following benefits:
- Charcoal gently draws out deep down bacteria, toxins and excess oil
- Tea Tree Oil a natural antiseptic which reduces inflammation and keeps skin clear & healthy
- Shea Butter keeps skin nourished and hydrated.
” I use this maybe 2/3 times a week as a hot cloth cleanse – it works especially well whilst relaxing in a bath as the steam works wonders.
I don’t tend to wear a lot of makeup but when I wear mascara this balm works fab to gently remove it with no irritation. I often also wear this when out walking the dogs if its particularly bitter and windy. It doubles as a lip balm and I’ve even used it on my dry and torn cuticles!”
Moisturise, cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, repair and protect from one revolutionary little pot. Also makes a great primer under make-up. Not only will you find you effectively remove dirt, make up, even dead skin cells, but because you are not stripping the skins natural oils, you will find that skin barrier function is much improved. That means moisture is sealed in and skin stays hydrated all day long.
Free from all artificial chemicals : This product is made from 100% natural plant oils. The absence of water means it does not require emulsifiers or harsh anti-microbial preservatives (parabens, phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde etc). We naturally omit artificial colour and fragrance.
“Loved adding this to my smoothie or in some vegan yoghurt – blended with berries for a fantastic skin loving breakfast.”
The Beauty Protein is great for those who are looking to make a difference to their skin care/ beauty routine and want to see the benefits from the inside out. Made with a whole host of beauty collagen peptide amino acids, plus, beauty enhancing minerals, Biotin (for strong and healthy hair, skin and nails) and Hyaluronic acid (to help retain collagen and increase skin moisture and elasticity) with some added vitamin C, which has been proven to support collagen formation. These ingredients are all combined with a blend of pea and rice protein.
Easy to use and highly versatile, the vegan Beauty Protein can be added to a smoothie, a recipe or sprinkled on your breakfast to get a daily dose of goodness and help your skin, hair and nails look their best.
Bioglan Superfoods Beauty Protein is available from Holland & Barrett, with an RRP £12.99 for 100g.
“As soon as I tried this moisturiser I felt it was something special. It feels incredible on my skin and I am really enjoying using this.
Only a little bit is needed and the pot is lasting months and months. Incredible ingredients will always increase the price however this compares to non vegan high end skincare – with out any animal products.”
This natural moisturiser is infused with plant stem cells, which boost cell production resulting in firmer, younger-looking skin. It also contains Hyaluronic acid as well as Hibiscus, known as the ‘botox plant’, which increases the elasticity of skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Blended with Shea butter to hydrate and moisturise the skin, this moisturiser is suitable for all skin types and is especially beneficial for skin showing signs of ageing and dehydration.
Everything is meticulously considered, from recycled and recyclable packaging which is compostable in a customer’s own garden, to the personalised notes on every order that goes out. Explore these luxurious and therapeutic products across four ranges: Re:lax (aromatherapy) Re:cover (CBD) Re:fuel (nutrition) and Re:juvinate (skincare.)
£39 for 50ml.
“This moisturiser is non greasy and light with a lovely smell of lavender and rosemary which is perfect for a night cream or when you are feeling a little stressed. I tend to use it after a hot cloth cleanse and leave it on to sink in. I like that it is certified organic – would love even more in a glass pot!”
Kimberly Sayer Aromatic Organic Night Repair Cream is recommended for repairing, hydrating night cream for normal to dry skin and increases cellular turnover. Suitable for dry, sensitive and mature skins.
Contains Squalane derived naturally from olives to prevent moisture loss, while working as a protective barrier against the elements. Rare Ugandan Shea Butter softens skin. Rose Oil increases cellular turnover and soothes and softens skin. Comfrey Root delivers proteins and vitamin B12 to the skin at the cellular level.
Celebrity fans of Kimberly Sayers Aromatic Repair Night Cream include Paula Abdul.
“I can not believe how lovely these all taste. It is like having a little sweet treat that’s actually really good for you! No matter what your diet I personally feel we could all do with a little extra boost and how wonderful to have a gummy vitamin treat that’s gelatine free as well!”
We were also impressed to read Nutribursts Plastic Pledge…. “Although we made sure that our bottles are recyclable, we wanted to do more… that’s why we have partnered with Plastic Bank to support in collecting and recycling the equivalent of >200,000 bottles each year, reducing the waste that ends up in our oceans. Plastic Bank’s mission is to turn plastic into gold by revolutionizing the world’s recycling systems to create a regenerative, inclusive, and circular plastic economy.”
Health & Vitality – Multivitamin
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Flavoured with natural berry extracts, these chewable multivitamins for adults give you the vitamins and minerals you need to handle life.
- Immune support: Vitamin C and zinc work together to boost the immune system.
- Energy: B vitamins help release energy from food.
- Healthy metabolism: Micronutrients like biotin support metabolism.
- Growth: Folic acid can help cell growth.
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How does it work? Zinc and vitamin E help strengthen brittle hair and nails. Vitamins for skin? Vitamins A and C work together to boost skin radiance. Biotin for hair, feeds damaged follicles for glossier hair.
One more thing: these chewy strawberry gummy vitamins genuinely taste like a little treat too. No giant pills to gulp down. Just gorgeous hair, skin and nails.
- Healthy hair: Biotin and zinc nourish hair from the inside.
- Radiant skin: Vitamins A and C get together to create a glowy complexion.
- Strong nails: Zinc and vitamin E hydrate and strengthen your nails.
- Sugar-free: Sugar isn’t skin-friendly, so these gummy vits give you one less thing to worry about.
Think of energy as like a superhero power, giving you the oomph to leap out of bed and win the day.
For vitamins for energy, Vitamin C is basically the secret ingredient – it is scientifically proven to contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. So these energy vitamins could be just what you need to live your best life.
And if living your best life means chewing delicious gummy vitamins and still staying in bed indefinitely? Hey, you do whatever makes you happy.
- Energy: Vitamin C energy supplements boosts normal energy production.
- Immune support: Vitamin C contributes to the functioning of a healthy immune system.
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After all of these fantastic vegan friendly products we would love to add in to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. This can include herbal teas or lemon water too. We prefer room temperature water and ideally filtered…. we adore the water products from our friends at Water for Health. If however you are drinking alcohol and coffee remember these are diuretics and acidic….
And some final top advice from Dr Lucy Glancey founder of www.drglancey-clinics.com.
“Take the time to give yourself a home steam to relax, unwind and unclog the pores.
Exfoliating should be part of your skincare regime full stop. I’d recommend using an exfoliator 2-3 times a week to get rid of any dead skin cells and clean out your pores. There’s a number of exfoliators out there to choose from depending on your skin type from glycolic acid to salicylic acid. However, proving really popular is the liquid exfoliator which uses chemicals like AHAs and BHAs to get rid of dead skin cells, leaving smoother looking fresher skin with an added glow. Because of their active ingredients, they are proving to be more effective than traditional exfoliators.
In addition to your normal skin care regime I’d recommend using a Vitamin C serum which are rich in antioxidants and therefore hydrating to the skin making it appear brighter, firmer and smoother whilst tackling enlarged pores. The vitamin C in the serum targets uneven skin tone and helps with anti- ageing. Molecules in serums are smaller than molecules in a moisturiser which allows the product to absorb much deeper into the pores, again creating a fresher, more youthful appearance. To get the best results from using a serum, cleanse and tone as normal before applying a few drops of serum into the palm of your hands then gently pat or moisturise into your skin. I’d recommend doing this twice a day before Finishing off with your daily moisturizer and SPF.
Having a proper cleansing routine, if done properly shouldn’t take long but to see the benefits it’s important to be consistent. So do make sure you cleanse twice a day, do make sure you’re using a moisturizer in the morning and at night, and always wear SPF even in winter. A good routine should really only take 10 mins or so.”
Many thanks to these super companies who provided us with products for this feature.