World Vegan Month: Skincare Edition

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Yesterday marked the beginning of World Vegan Month, and to celebrate this, many articles will discuss many topics surrounding veganism, such as food and lifestyle choices. So keep an eye on Brig Newspaper’s website.

There are many benefits to a more vegan lifestyle: whether for health, ethical or environmental reasons – all are valid. The problem most people face with becoming vegan is effort and accessibility.

Still, making minor changes to lifestyle and diet is possible and, in some cases, more accessible! To achieve this accessibility, you must do a bit of research and gradually change small things.

This article will touch on skin care products, specifically the brand I love and use religiously – Simple products.

What is Simple?

Simple is a skincare brand range born in the United Kingdom in 1960. They were the first to create a range with no colourants or perfume.

Simple is a very fitting name because they keep the products simple and refuse to add unnecessary harmful products.

Not only are the products accessible regarding every skin type can use them. Additionally, the range is very accessible in terms of affordability.

As well as Simple selling in the UK, they also sell in the following countries:

  • Canada
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • New Zeland
  • USA
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Philippines
  • Brazil Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • Thailand
  • Germany

They are sold in most beauty stores, supermarkets, and shops, such as Boots and Superdrug.

Simple has a wide range of products for all skin types, and its mission is to ensure safe products free of unnecessary chemicals, artificial perfumes or colourants for your skin.

The different types of products can be seen listed below:

  • Face wash and gels
  • Makeup remover
  • Micellar water
  • Moisturiser or creams
  • cleansers
  • Wipes
  • Facemasks
  • Face and body scrubs

Additionally, Simple caters to many skin types and skin issues, such as:

  • Dull
  • Dry
  • Irritated
  • Sensitive
  • Oily
  • Antibacterial

Simple has been recognised for its simplicity in the ingredients of all products and has a list of two thousand ingredients they have decided will not be included in any of the products.

These are ingredients often used in skincare products that have been flagged by independent researchers and government bodies that have been known to be sensitising.

On top of not including these ingredients, they also steer clear from animal ingredients, parabens and phthalates, mineral oil and drying alcohols.

Now, having spoken about the ingredients, Simple left out for the health of the people’s skin – it is important to note that this does not impact the efficacy of the products.

Simple includes many vitamins like B3, B5, C and E to condition the skin naturally. Moreover, Pentavitin and Hempseed oil are included to moisturise the skin.

Why use Simple?

Whether you have dry, oily, a combination of both or problematic skin, your mind can be at ease knowing that no additives could potentially harm or react badly with your skin.

Furthermore, as Simple has an extensive range of products, you can customise your regimen to your skin type, needs and wants.

It is important to note that a result of Simple products only containing natural, safe ingredients and cutting out harsh chemicals has a positive impact on the environment.

Additionally, they are not testing on animals, and ethically sourcing ingredients is another reason you should use Simple products for skin care.

My skincare routine

I have a combination of really oily and dry skin, which was challenging to deal with in the past and on top of that, I have very sensitive skin. I would have problems finding a regimen that wasn’t too oily (causing breakouts) or too drying (causing flaky skin), and the harsh chemicals in many brands would cause bad reactions to my sensitive skin. Simple has been the ideal solution for me.

The products I use include:

  • Micellar cleansing water
  • Skin purifying cleansing lotion
  • Soothing facial toner

I begin with the micellar water to remove any impurities from my face (makeup); after doing that and ensuring my face is clean, I undergo another process of cleaning my face and neck with the cleansing lotion (this fully cleanses the face but does also leaves it soft and nourished). After that, I apply a layer of soothing facial toner, which I allow to dry on its own.

To apply all these products, I use reusable pads, which can be washed after use.

This is a more ethical and financially intelligent way, and I really suggest investing because not only is it helping the environment it also saves you (1) having to keep topping up on your cotton pad stock and (2) it saves you having to spend your money on them continuously.

Final thoughts

This world vegan day and month, you can change little things about your lifestyle that can positively impact you (physically, mentally, financially), the animals (well-being and regarding the environment) and the environment (in terms of waste: quantity and contents).

Featured Image Credit: Simple Skincare

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Final year Biology & Psychology student with a keen interest in music, food and lifestyle pieces.

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