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Veganuary – Skin & Hair Care

Since 2014, Veganuary, a UK non-profit organisation, has inspired and supported more than half a million people in 178 countries to try vegan for January – and beyond. Whilst food and drink is probably the first thing that springs to mind when going ‘vegan’, veganism extends far beyond a free-from diet. A new wave of vegan-certified skin, hair and body products are on hand (and face, and body!), ready to change our mindsets and our beauty and body routines with some pure, plant-based power.

Whether you are a Veganuary virgin, an early adopter or a signed up plant-based pioneer, the recognised benefits of veganism can no longer be ignored.  

Following a vegan diet offers benefits such as:

  • Less chance of acne, as sebaceous glands are clearer due to better insulin balancing and a lack of dairy products.
  • Glowing skin, thanks to the additional vitamins and carotenoids you are ingesting.
  • Better sleep, as your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard, leading to more peaceful sleep and a more refreshed awakening, and of course less dark circles can only be a good thing!

And there are even more benefits by switching to vegan-certified products, not least to the removal of harmful chemicals, palm oil and animal products that can damage the environment as well as our skin.

Here are our Veganuary top picks:

 

The Kentish Soap Company 

www.kentishsoap.co.uk

As the name suggests, Kent-based, award-winning, The Kentish Soap Company ensure all of their products; which includes handcrafted natural soaps, creams, candles, body butters and more, are suitable for vegans. They believe that if consumers were to purchase more plant-based products, the benefits to the environment in terms of their reduced carbon footprint would be huge. And this extends to skincare too. John Waddy from the Kentish Soap Company explains: “Most people don’t know that a lot of commercial soaps contain animal fat (as well as petroleum-based products). We also do not use palm oil. We feel that consumers using vegan-friendly products, whether they’re food, skincare or other products, should also consider if they contain palm oil due to its major impact on deforestation and habitat loss for animals.”

The range includes: 

Vegan Friendly Cleansing Bars, £4.50 

Made from a natural cocktail of essential oils, gentle ingredients and love, making them smell as lovely as they feel, available in a variety of seasonal specials and regular favourite options.

 

Curaprox 

www.curaprox.com 

Known for their highly effective and safer alternative to abrasive bleaching products, Curaprox’s [BE YOU] range of enzymatic whitening toothpastes will have you feeling your most confident – because what’s better than a white, fresh smile? 

The range includes:

BE YOU Flavoured Toothpaste, 90ml, RRP £13.95

With flavours such as Gin & Tonic, Persimmon, Peach and Apricot, and Watermelon -Letting you start the party from the bathroom sink! 

 

Once Upon a Foxx

www.onceuponafoxx.com

Formulated by parents specially for their little ones and yours, Once Upon a Foxx’s range of shampoo, foaming wash, bubble bath and body lotion, are made with only the best certified organic ingredients, with no nasty chemicals and are never tested on animals; making them not only vegan friendly but perfect for little sensitive skin. Delicate enough to be used from newborn,  but grown up enough for little mermaids and pirates to enter a whole world of fun, bubbles and adventure, and return to dry land fluffy, clean and smelling delicious.

 

The range includes:

Once Upon a Foxx Foaming Body Wash, £9.99

This lightweight foam gently cleanses and nourishes even the most sensitive of skins.

 

No Secrets 

www.nosecretsbeauty.com 


No Secrets is a Kent-based luxury, vegan, 100% natural, skincare and candle brand.  Founder, Lorna, (based in Tunbridge Wells), passionately believes vegan products can be luxurious and with active botanical benefits to the skin. And – with no secret ingredients, hence ‘No Secrets’ – every single ingredient used is listed on the website; contrary to many non-plant-derived skincare brands that will frequently have hidden toxic ingredients. 

The range includes: 

Bath Jelly, £18 for a duo / £45 for six 

The jelly turns into a glorious melting syrup for the bath, creating a therapeutic bath oil, softening skin and easing the mind. Pour directly into warm, running water or massage onto skin before entering the bath to stimulate circulation and relieve tension. There are two blends both full of essential oils with aromas that fill the room 

o Reviving ‘One’ with bergamot, petitgrain, eucalyptus, juniper, and lavender 

o Calming ‘Four’ with geranium, ylang-ylang, neroli, lavender, and patchouli.

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