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  • Vegan Beauty: Why We Love What’s Not There

    Bottle with basics oil isolated on whiteNo matter what your eating philosophy, vegan skin and beauty products can be a great way to take care of yourself and protect animals. Here are a few reasons to explore vegan skin care and makeup.

    They're rigorously certified.
    Vegan products that earn the “Certified Vegan” label adhere to strict guidelines. The Vegan Awareness Foundation requires that companies guarantee a vegan product does not contain and is not manufactured with animal ingredients or animal by-products. This means no meat, fish, fowl, egg or milk ingredients, honey or royal jelly, silk proteins or dyes derived from insects.

    They're cruelty-free.
    Besides ensuring that no animal products are used in manufacturing, certified vegan beauty products guarantee that no animal testing is done on the product or on any ingredient in the product.

    There are excellent plant-based alternatives.
    With the high demand for effective, non-animal based ingredients, the skin care industry has responded with botanical substitutes that offer the same or better results. Here are some common animal-based ingredients to avoid, and their plant-based alternative. For an extensive list of ingredients to avoid, check out PETA’s recommendations.

    Animal: Allantoin (uric acid from cows)
    Plant: Comfrey – a moisturizer and skin protectant, used for treating skin wounds.

    Animal: Carmine (pigment from crushed insects)
    Plant: Beet root - a red dye used in lipsticks and blush

    Animal: Collagen (protein from animal tissue)
    Plant: Soy Protein – used in hair care products for body and strength

    Animal: Lanolin (oil glands from sheep)
    Plant: Coconut oil – a skin moisturizer

    Animal: Stearic Acid (from animal fats)
    Plant: Stearic Acid - this thickener makes products creamy, and can be either animal or plant based. Look for stearic acid found in shea or cocoa butter, or coconut oil, instead of generically labeled “stearic acid”.

    Animal: Keratin (protein from animal parts)
    Plant: Rosemary and nettle - found in shampoos and conditioners for volume and body

    They offer amazing results.
    Plant-based beauty products harness the natural power of botanicals. We asked esthetician Shayna Plunkett in La Jolla and Los Gatos health and beauty expert Katie Turturici about some of their favorite vegan brands.

    • Vegan Skin Care

    Evanhealy's Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk gets raves for its deep cleaning properties and its gentleness on sensitive skin. Kaolin clay detoxifies while rose, lavender and aloe calm the skin. And evanhealy's Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf blends shea butter with nourishing olive and coconut oils to moisturize and revitalize skin. DeVita's Perfect Time Moisturizer with Argireline is a great moisturizer for aging skin. Its peptides boost collagen, reducing lines and wrinkles.

    • Vegan Hair Care

    Acure's Moisture Repairing Moroccan Argan Oil & Argan Stem Cell Shampoo gets high marks for moisturizing hair without weighing it down, leaving it extra silky and shiny. Giovanni's Nutrifix Hair Reconstructor saves chemically treated or damaged hair. Pure botanical oils like rosemary, thyme and chamomile combine with soy protein to repair the hair cuticle.

    • Vegan Cosmetics

    The ZuZu Luxe line is a favorite of estheticians and customers who love its vegan, gluten-free and paraben-free cosmetics. For a light, sheer foundation, try ZuZu Luxe's Foundation Dual Powder, a mineral-based powder with SPF protection and oil-absorbing power. ZuZu Luxe's Oil-Free Liquid Foundation provides medium coverage and its easily blendable formula comes in nine skin-matching shades.

    Vegan eye shadows, liners and mascaras come in a wide variety of colors to accent your peepers. Juice Beauty's Illuminating Eye Color in Champagne is the perfect pinky-beige for an easy everyday look. Pacifica's Smolder Eye Lining Gel in Midnight is a navy liner that makes the whites of your eyes appear brighter, neutralizing any redness. Or get full, dark and lush lashes with Pacifica's Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara that conditions lashes with coconut oil and vitamin B.

  • Fighting Frizz: The Best Moisturizing Shampoos and Conditioners

    Brown hairHair a little out of control? Good thing there are a variety of natural ways to tame frizz and create a sleek look! Here are a few of our favorite products, packed with nature's best ingredients for fighting flyaways.

    Tress Taming Shampoos

    Unmanageable hair could be misidentified as a trendy hairstyle, but if that’s not the look you’re going for, then take action with a serious moisturizing plan. Show your hair who's in charge with a daily dose of Acure’s Triple Moisture Repairing Moroccan Argan Stem Cell Shampoo, which rescues distressed hair quickly with a patented triple moisture system. This shampoo uses plant stem cell technology to boost hair health right at the follicle and is vegan friendly and cruelty free.

    Another one to try: Intelligent Nutrients' PureLuxe Shampoo. Designed to fight against dry, damaged and color treated hair, this rich and creamy shampoo helps repair, smooth and nurse dry hair back to health.

    Calming Conditioners

    To seal in moisturize for all-day frizz relief, follow your shampoo regimen with a high-quality conditioner. MOP's C-System Hydrating Conditioner is specially designed for coarse, hard to manage hair. Its antioxidant-rich formula adds hydration to wily tresses, leaving it with a healthy sheen and easy to style.

    Rated best conditioner by Elle Magazine, Max Green Alchemy's Scalp Rescue Conditioner is perfect to use in the dry winter months. This 100 percent plant-based conditioner is specifically designed to improve dry, flaky, dehydrated scalps naturally, and is safe for dandruff sufferers and color-treated hair. Packed with macadamia seed oil, lavender and vitamin C ester, it will leave your hair silky smooth!

    Frizz-Fighting Finishing Touches

    In addition to selecting the best moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to fight frizz, you may want to consider minimizing the use of heat styling, which promotes hair damage. Those living in humid climates or those who want a bit of extra protection throughout the day might consider taking an extra step and use conditioning oil such as Dr. Hauschka's Neem Hair Oil, designed to soothe the scalp while adding shine, strength and manageability to the hair.

    With the right tools, you CAN come out victorious in the battle against frizz!

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