Embracing Vegan Nail Care And Beauty Products
The growing demand for vegan products, both edible and otherwise, has led many to tout the current millennium as ‘the age of veganism’. Consumers are now demanding animal-friendly products of all kinds – including fashion, skincare, and beauty items. This includes nail care and beauty, which includes products such as nail polish, treatments, hardeners, and cuticle oils. If you love dazzling nail looks but wish to ensure that you support vegan companies, the following tips may be of aid. You may want to read on to prepare for your Veggly Vegan Dating 🌱 😊
Animal-Derived Ingredients In Nail Products
Two of the most common animal-derived ingredients in modern day nail products include guanine/pearl essence (obtained from fish scales) and carmine (obtained from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect).
When choosing products, read the ingredients list carefully, and make a commitment to yourself as well: avoid components which are known to harm human health. These include toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, and camphor. Some of these components are known carcinogens, so opting for products made with fewer chemicals is ideal.
Top Vegan Nail Care Brands
There are literally dozens of vegan nail care brands to choose from, some of which include L.A. Girl, Sally Hansen, NCLA Los Angeles, 100% Pure, BWC (Beauty without Cruelty), Mineral Fusion, and Essie. Unlike its main high-end rival, OPI, Essie recently reformulated all its products to ensure they are vegan and free of all ingredients that can potentially harm human health. Brands range from budget-friendly to luxury, so regardless of what you are willing to spend, you will find a bevy of vegan polishes in a wide array of hues and finishes.
Beyond Nail Polish
It is important to be vigilant with all items in your nail care kit, including nail strengtheners. These are a usually transparent product used to counter nail brittleness and fragility. However, they can also be used to mend cracks and chips in nails, and are often used in line with fine paper or tiny pieces of cut-up tea bags applied over a crack or chip. Some brands sell hardeners whose main strengthening agent is keratin (which is not vegan). Others use shellac, derived from the lac bug. Ensure your hardener is made with 100% plant-based ingredients. The brush bristles used in the polish should also be sourced from plants. Like non-vegan hardeners, vegan hardeners may require the use of a heat lamp, but these are very affordable and can be sourced for under $10.
Vegan Cuticle Care Products
If you are a fervent mani-pedi fan, then you know that if your cuticles (the skin beneath and surrounding your nail bed) are dry or cracked, the look of your nails can be all but appealing.
Cuticle care products which are oil based can make a big difference, keeping skin healthy and in tact so you don’t need to trim it at all during a manicure session. Once again, opt for plant-based treatments containing beneficial products such as jojoba oil, shea butter, sesame oil, sweet orange oil, and coconut oil. If your cuticles are very dry, opt for a cream-based treatment to really lock the moisture in. In case you love lemon scents, try Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, which softens skin and is easily absorbed.
If you love having sleek, well cared-for nails, then delve into the fascinating world of vegan beauty and care products for nails.
Top companies such as Essie have seen the value of going 100% plant-based, as eco-friendly consumers express their wish to support companies that are committed to the environment and to animal welfare.
Ensure you read ingredients lists carefully, and make informed choices regarding everything from colored polishes, right through to hardening gels and cuticle treatment products.
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