OUR GUIDE TO VEGAN SKINCARE

With so many products to choose from shopping for skincare can be mind-boggling, but throw veganism into the mix, and it becomes a whole new ball game! Vegan skincare, contrarily to natural skincare, uses ingredients that are completely plant-derived. The good news is that this is no longer a niche lifestyle choice, the numbers of vegans are rising at an impressive rate and brands are reacting to the differing needs of their consumers. What’s more, vegan skincare doesn’t skimp on quality! From cleansers to toners, moisturisers to serums, these products will leave your skin looking and feeling fresh and radiant and are a great addition to your daily skincare regime, whether you’re vegan or not. If you want to avoid animal by-products in your skincare, keep reading for our definitive guide of ingredients to avoid and products to stock up on. Avoid Beeswax  Although beeswax doesn’t directly come from the bee, it is known as an animal by-product because it is derived from the honeycomb that bees produce. While it should be avoiding if you are seeking vegan-friendly products, beeswax is commonly used in natural skincare due to its highly moisturising, skin softening properties.  Royal Jelly Similarly to beeswax, royal jelly is also a bee by-product used in a host of natural skincare products to target ageing, relieve irritation and refine general skin health. The substance oozes from the glands of the worker bees and is fed to their young. Vegan-friendly alternatives include aloe vera and shea butter.  Collagen Our skins natural collagen production depletes with age, which is why collagen-based skincare products are so popular. Not only do they promise to reduce the appearance of lines of wrinkles, but they improve elasticity and restore vitality. Unfortunately, collagen supplements commonly used in skincare are produced from the bones, skin and connective tissues of animals, including cattle (Bovine Collagen) and fish (Marine Collagen), among others. Luckily, there are vegan-friendly, plant-derived alternatives to collagen which have the same effect on the skin; the most common being Vitamin C. Its antioxidant properties not only make it a vital molecule for skin health but our bodies actually need it to produce collagen.  Omega 3 Fatty Acids  Found in fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids are well known for both their nutritional and aesthetic benefits. When it comes to skincare, they help regulate oil production, boost hydration and calm irritation whilst also protecting the skin against environmental and elemental damage. Omega 3 comes in several different forms, including both animal and plant-derived sources. Plant-based versions of omega 3 come from flaxseeds, chia seeds and leafy greens which are 100% vegan friendly!  Lanolin Lanolin acts as a lubricant to prevent water loss and eliminate dry, flaky or irritated skin. The substance is secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep and acts as their waterproof barrier to protect from cold and wet conditions. Even though Lanolin possesses moisturising properties, research also indicates the substance as a comedogenic and cause of allergic reactions, particularly in those with sensitive skin.  Lactic Acid Often derived from milk, Lactic Acid is an AHA. Known for its ability to accelerate the shedding of dead skin cells and detoxify the complexion, it is often found in skin-peeling or exfoliating products.    Don’t panic if lactic acid is present in your vegan skincare regime, as there are plant-based derivatives of the ingredient. Our Top Five Vegan Skincare Products At MONU we pride ourselves on our variety of cruelty-free skincare and have now developed our own range of vegan friendly products. Below are our favourite's, please click here to view our full range of vegan and cruelty-free products. Rich Cream CleanserAn anti-ageing wonder, the Rich Cream Cleanser is a must for refreshing the complexion. Our innovative combination of natural ingredients, including panthenol and rosehip seed oil, deeply nourishes the skin whilst removing makeup and impurities in one quick and easy step. Micro ExfoliantBursting with plant-based actives, including papaya enzymes and diatomaceous earth, the dual-action microdermabrasion of Micro Exfoliant helps to soothe, calm and brighten the skin. Its gentle exfoliating action removes dead cells to eliminate dull complexions and restore natural radiance. Nourishing Treatment OilCalm, condition and protect your complexion with this powerful facial oil. Enriched with wild yam and soya extract, plus blackcurrant seed oil, it restores a natural, healthy glow and improves elasticity to keep skin looking younger for longer. Brightening BoostEnhanced with vitamin c, this energising formulation penetrates the skins surface to deliver greater stimulation. Brightening Boost also targets signs of premature ageing by stimulating collagen production and balancing skin tone, reducing signs of pigmentation and promoting a brighter, fresher appearance. Restoring Cream Available in both light and rich formulations, Restoring Cream provides intense nourishment and hydration. Our innovative blend of floral essential oils and age-defying vitamin c helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as delivering an instant boost of radiance. For more skincare tips and inspiration, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter & Instagram.  ​

STEP UP YOUR SKINCARE THIS SPRING​

Changing weather can wreak havoc upon the skin, so the arrival of a new season offers the perfect time to assess your beauty regime.



Just as you would transition your wardrobe according to the season, it’s essential to do the same for your skincare. The question is, which products should you be using and which should you be avoiding? Keep reading for our skincare experts’ advice on spring-cleaning your skincare this season.

HOW TO NOURISH YOUR SKIN AT NIGHT

Life is busy. Between work, family and friends it can seem as if there’s barely anytime to take care of yourself. After a long day, skincare often takes a backseat, especially when it’s far too tempting to fall straight into bed. But you should never underestimate the power of a good night time skincare routine.

7 PRODUCTS TO BOOST YOUR GLOW​

Achieving a healthy glow is top of everyone’s beauty wish list, but when a bad skin day rears its head it feels as if you’re attempting to attain the impossible. However, achieving fresh-faced radiance isn’t as hard as it may sound. It’s all about incorporating the right products with the right ingredients, think Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, to boost vitality and refine skin tone no matter what your skin type. If you’re confused about the products you should be using to enhance your complexion, our top 7 recommendations promise to boost your glow in no time!  1. Micro Exfoliant  Bursting with natural actives, including Papaya Enzymes and Diatomaceous Earth, the dual-action microdermabrasion of Micro Exfoliant helps to soothe, calm and brighten the skin. Its gentle exfoliating action removes dead cells to eliminate dull complexions and restore natural radiance. Top Tip: For deep cleansing and optimum exfoliation, use 2-3 times a week. 2. Super Serum Duo Packed full of Vitamin C, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract and Retinol, the Super Serum system slows the effects of ageing whilst resurfacing and rejuvenating the complexion. Using the Super Serum Day and Super Serum Night in conjunction will help to re-educate and uplift your skin, ensuring sheer luminosity.  3. Brightening Boost Brightening Boost targets signs of premature ageing by stimulating collagen production and balancing skin tone, reducing signs of pigmentation and promoting a brighter, fresher appearance. Enhanced with Hyaluronic Microspheres and Vitamin C, this energising formulation penetrates the skins surface to deliver greater stimulation. 4. Illuminating Primer Create a flawless base for makeup and add an instant glow with Illuminating Primer. Our blend of Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E promises to leave skin looking smooth, balanced and fresh whilst the addition of Soft Focus Technology corrects colour and blurs blemishes. Pores are tightened and fine lines smoothed for a youthful, healthy finish.  5. Resurface & Peel Homecare Kit ​Our powerful combination of Glycolic, Salicylic, Lactic and Citric acids offers a welcome treat for anyone suffering with congestion, breakouts and uneven skin tone. Stubborn dead skin cells are loosened, pores decongested and skin firmed to restore a youthful glow. Top Tip: Use once a week for six weeks to truly refresh and replenish your complexion.  6. Hydra Lift Serum  This advanced serum provides an instant facelift effect by firming, toning and plumping the skin from within. A blend of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C actively promotes the production of collagen to reduce the visible signs of ageing by maintaining optimum moisture levels and restoring elasticity.  7. Beauty Balm  Created using our innovative blend of vitamins, minerals and zesty essential oils, this indulgent balm stimulates the skin to boost radiance. Enhanced with Hyaluronic Acid, Beauty Balm improves elasticity, tightens pores and maintains moisture levels to promote a smooth and fresh look whilst the addition of Vitamin E calms and soothes signs of redness. Top Tip: For the perfect beauty boost to wake up the skin create a mask by applying a thick layer and leaving for 15 minutes. Remove the residue with toner or warm water to reveal instantly more youthful-looking skin!​

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