I will begin this post with an admission. I am not a Vegan, in fact I am no way near. However, I am trying to make small but regular steps to get a bit closer. I don’t currently have a cemented plan to become a complete Vegan, it may actually be unrealistic for me, but I do want to make a conscious effort to make amendments to my daily decision processes to ensure my lifestyle is becoming sympathetic towards nature and other living beings. I plan to do a more lengthy post about why I am not Vegan, as I think it’s a very current topic that needs to be discussed in a frank and educated manner, from both sides of the debate.
Beauty is one area that I can be vigilent about, it’s the diet side that is difficult for me with my various intolerance and ailments, so when an email arrived in my inbox with the headline ‘All Vegan Skincare’, I was rather excited to read the contents.
According to the press release associated with Skincere…’Vegan products are actually better for your skin, especially if you’re someone with sensitive or compromised skin. Animal ingredients can be harsh and clog pores, so vegan products are a soothing alternative. What’s more, the plant-derived ingredients in many vegan formulas contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to repair and hydrate the skin. You feel far healthier if you eat foods in their natural state – and the same logic applies to skincare. Your skin will thrive off being fed natural, vegan ingredients.’
Additionally, when products are absorbed by the skin, they go straight into the blood stream. (When you ingest something, it goes through the kidneys and liver before the blood stream – a natural filtration process).
Dermatologist Dr. Anita Sturnham shared some of her thoughts on the subject…
“Sometimes products which are labelled as ‘suitable for sensitive skin’ are misleading and actually contain irritating ingredients. My top tip is to check the ingredients in all of your skincare products before buying and ensure that you are feeding your skin with natural, nourishing ingredients. The vegan Skincere range makes this easy for you and would be a healthy choice for your sensitive skin. The whole range contains 100% natural ingredients, that soothe and nourish inflamed or sensitive skin in a gentle and caring way. All the products are gluten, soya, nut and dairy free so you can be sure there are no nasties being applied to your skin and entering your system”
I’m am starting to get a bit more familiar with what brands are vegan and which ones are cruelty free and so on, thanks mainly to helpful YouTube videos, but I’m still fairly out of the loop on smaller or newer brands that have brilliant natural or ethical credentials. So, if like me, you hadn’t heard of Skincere before, here is a bit about what they promise to deliver as a brand.
is a new skincare brand committed to providing 100% natural
ingredients. Designed by experts and formulated with hypoallergenic
soothing ingredients, the Skincere range is completely free from Gluten,
Soya, Dairy and Nuts. Aimed at those suffering with sensitive skin and
intolerances or simply those who are dedicated to detoxing, the
five-part daily regime helps to restore the complexities of the skin,
without the use of harsh synthetic chemicals and preservatives. Main
ingredients of the range include fruit botanicals such as bilberry,
orange and lemon, alongside other natural plant actives. The NEW
Skincere range includes a gentle cream cleanser, eye serum, facial
serum, day cream and night cream.
Let’s get the superficial critique over and done with. The aesthetic is perfectly inkeeping with a brand wantING to be known for it’s natural ingredients. The white packaging decorated with delicate green leaves instantly connotes nature and health. It is also attractive enough for bloggers to feel able to post on Instagram which is always a savvy move from brands, and something they should all think about when designing their packaging.
Unfortunately it doesn’t soak into the skin particularly quick, so I have had to resort to only using it at night. I often don’t have much time to get ready in the morning, so it’s essential creams, primers, serums etc soak into my skin at a very speedy rate. In fact it’s one of the most vital attributes for my daytime skin products and an absolute deal breaker when it comes to making it in to my daily routine. This eye serum just stayed a bit too wet, for a bit too long, and halted me being able to apply my foundation and concealer. If you have time to kill in the morning though…do try using it morning and night as instructed.
It is something that I have been continuing to use before I go to bed (well, on those days I can even be bothered to do anything more than just taking my shoes off). You apply it by gently smoothing it around the delicate eye area (the skin that feels thinner and flexible) before you apply the Day or Night cream.
It has a lovely creamy consistency and feels extremely refreshing. It has as light as an aroma as possible, it’s near enough fragranc free. As a sufferer of CFS and bouts of Insomnia, my eye area has always been a give away to my struggles. My eyes usually have two layers of bags and slight darkening. Due to trying to blitz my acne with intensive sunbathing sessions over the years, I also have some fine lines around my peepers too.
I probably haven’t been using it long enough to notice drastic results but the area definitely feels and look smoother and perhaps a bit brighter. I will be persisting to see if these subtle improvement morph into more noticeable ones. Even if they don’t it’s a lovely product to use and seems to work really well with my sensitive skin.
The Night Cream is my favourite out of the products I’ve tried and has made it’s way in to my skincare regime. After cleansing my face and making sure all my make up is removed I apply a layer all over my face. Much like the eye serum it feels very refreshing as soon as the products touches the skin. I tend to be a bit lazy when it comes to ensuring my skin is hydrating, so my skin always has the appearance of being extremely thirsty and in dire need of some quenching. Therefore within one night of use I could see an improvement when assessing my skin in the mirror the next morning. I have open pores and indents from years of acne, but after applying the cream they appeared smaller, perhaps due to it’s ability to plump the skin. Add to this to an overall smoother texture and brightening, meant that the overall landscape of my skin was more youthful. It’s not a miracle worker, but with it’s gently gently approach I feel it will really help my skin in the long run.
Unfortunately the Cream Cleanser won’t make it into my daily routine, but it will be a great back up number to have around in my beauty cabinet. It’s not that it isn’t a great product it just didn’t succeed enough in it’s role to make me give up my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. When you refer to it’s instructions it appears to be vey similar in terms of what it promises to achieve, but it doesn’t quite achieve the squeaky clean feel Liz Earle’s Hero product’s does. However, if we are comparing these two products, this one does appear to have marginally better Vegan/Natural ceredentials, so it depends what you put more importance on.
Skincere is 100% natural, Preservative free, Alcohol free, wheat free, soya free, Dairy free, Nut free, free of synthetic fragraces, has no parabens, is hypoallergenic and Ph balanced, and Dermatologically tested. If you read Liz Earl’s website you’ll see that they are honest in the fact that they occasionally have to include non organic products but they believe in some cases the non organic products are more effective – in those instances they try to at least source locally.
So you massage the cream in to dry skin morning and night, and rinse off with warm water and a moist cloth. It would have been nice if the product came with a muslin cloth, but I had to use one that came with my Liz Earle set.
The cream felt lovely on the face and was very easy to massage into the skin. You could see that it was shifting the make-up as the white cream soon became off white. However, after I did my first wipe with the muslin cloth and dryed my face, I could see that it hadn’t quite removed all traces of make up. I have recently started using a Cruetly Free foundation by Tarte called Amazoninan Clay, which is full coverage and promises to last 12 hours. It is quite stubborn so I wasn’t particularly surprised that some had remained on my face even after the cleanse. It seemed to be a bit stubborn on the dry areas of my face like in my chin crease, so maybe as my skin becomes smoother with use of the Night cream it will increase the effectiveness of the Cleanser.
Overall I was fairly pleased with the products and cockahoop to discover a vegan brand that I would be happy to use on a regular basis. It gives you confidence that it is incredibly possible to become completely vegan when it comes to make up and beauty and that it will potentially be extremely beneficial to the condition and health of you and your skin.
Our skin absorbs up to 60% of the products we apply to it. If
you’re going to clean up your diet for the same reasons, why not make
your beauty cabinet healthier too?
Looking forward to continuing my investigation in to Vegan beauty. Thank you to Skincere for sending the items for review.
Do let me know of any vegan beauty brands your enjoying right now? Let’s help eachother (and the world) out a bit eh?
Prices range from £14.99 – £24.99, available at Holland & Barrett.