Topics that involve or include vegan skin care. This includes vegan face, vegan hand, and vegan lip care. The natural ingredients and treatments that are used for a cruelty-free, vegan skin care regime and lifestyle.

What’s A Bunny On The Label Mean?

The Bunny is a symbol that you may find stamped on your cosmetic, skin care, personal hygiene or household products labels. It signifies that the company that manufactured the product does not perform any testing on animals.

There are only 3 bunny logos a cruelty-free shopper should trust. The first step is therefore recognizing the logo: if it’s not one of the 3 logos below, proceed with caution!

Many companies use arbitrary illustrations of rabbits to indicate that their product is cruelty-free. While this doesn’t mean the company in question isn’t truly cruelty-free, you will have to research it.

The 3 bunny logos you can trust are the following: the Leaping Bunny logo, PETA’s cruelty-free logo, and the Choose Cruelty-Free logo (independent Australian organization; especially look for this symbol if you live in Australia!). Any other symbol or logo of a bunny is unofficial and has not been accredited by a reputable cruelty-free organization.

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If the product you’re looking at is displaying one of these 3 trustworthy logos, the next step is to verify its authenticity by searching for the company in the organization’s online database. Although it’s a rare occurrence, some companies can and will display official logos unlawfully and without being certified by the organization! Here are links to each database:

Leaping Bunny Compassionate Shopping Guide
PETA’s Cruelty-Free Company Search
Choose Cruelty-Free List

If the logo on the packaging is not the Leaping Bunny’s, PETA’s, or from Choose Cruelty-Free, the logo is a fake. If the packaging displays one of these logos but you can’t find the company in the organization’s database (linked above), it’s also a fake. And always remember that a company can be cruelty-free even without displaying any logo.

YASOU proudly is Leaping Bunny certified. The Leaping Bunny signifies that the product is made by a company that adheres to the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, developed by the Coalition for Consumer Information on cosmetics, a coalition of animal protection groups. The CCIC’s purpose is to promote a “cruelty-free” standard and logo. The coalition includes six U.S groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, as well as animal protection groups in Canada and Europe. The Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals is a pledge by a company not to conduct or commission animal testing of their product/ingredients, after the date of the agreement.

Companies that take the pledge and wish to use the logo must be licensed and a fee is required. The fee is used to fund an independent audit of the company’s compliance with the standard. Companies may also make this pledge without using the logo, but if they don’t use the logo, there is no independent verification that they are meeting the pledge. The CCIC website (www.leapingbunny.org) lists the companies who meet the standards, indicating which ones are authorized to use the logo. Only those who use the logo are verified by CCIC. Companies using the logo agree to be audited once every three years by an independent assessor, or, in the case of smaller companies, a “spot-check,” commissioned by the CCIC and performed by an accredited auditor.

As you can see there are rules/pledges to become certified and there are also severe consequences should these rules/pledges be broken. We urge you to take the time to examine your packaging/labels, read your ingredients and look for one of the above bunny’s because if a product cares enough to create products that have not been tested on animals, it’s a sure bet they care enough about creating ethical products that are good for you and your loved ones.

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Why Choose Gluten Free Vegan Skincare?

Plant derived, vegan skincare is effective, safe, and nourishing to the skin with minimal negative impact on the environment. No toxic chemicals, no animal testing and no animal products are used in vegan skincare. Instead what you apply daily to your skin are ingredients derived from plants.

People who choose gluten free vegan skincare appreciate the effort it takes to bring these crafted products to the market. For them, it’s personal. They respect natural beauty, ageless beauty, which manifests itself internally and externally.

Looking and feeling good is about small decisions and personal preferences. Most of us want to live well, be happy and stay peaceful. If you are worried about using skincare products that contain gluten, avoid them. There are good options today with natural skincare lines such as YASOU. I appreciate when people call or write to ask if our line is gluten free or vegan. It tells me they are engaged in making decisions that are right for them.

If you want to protect animals from cruelty and inhumane living conditions buy products that are plant-derived. Living your values through what you purchase indicates an authentic life.

Honestly, my decisions in creating a natural, healthy skincare line were focused on finding the best ingredients to nourish the skin. I was not focused on being gluten-free or making vegetarians happy. Both of these came to be because of YASOU’s focus on natural ingredients and wellness – how a woman feels good in her own skin.

The beauty of using botanicals in skincare is not only their skin-enhancing properties, but also their appeal to all the senses – a mist, an aroma, and textures all share a subtleness that when combined create a potent protector and ageless defender of the skin. It’s like the difference between wearing natural cotton or synthetic clothes.

The reasons for choosing gluten free vegan skincare may be health-related and/or socially conscious choices. We appreciate you making the choices that are best for you.

Skin Care Factors for Different Complexions

When we talk about complexion we are referring to the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially on the face. A person’s complexion may be described as clear or clogged, bright or dull, smooth, glowing or rosy. What’s important for all complexions is to keep healthy circulation and blood flow to the skin.

Poor blood flow creates a sluggish cellular system that may block nutrients and oxygen from nurturing the skin. Good circulation boosts collagen production, which helps keep skin firm.

Here are some skin factors to consider for different complexions. Evaluate your skin type – oily, normal or dry to address skin tone issues. What matters most for skin whether a fair complexion or dark complexion is daily care. During the day, consider using a multi-tasking natural day face cream that exfoliates, brightens and tones on a cellular level.

Color
The lightness or darkness of your complexion is due to the amount of melanin in the tissues. When there is more melanin in the tissues, the darker the skin. Going out in the sun whether you have a fair or dark complexion will impact melanin levels. Fair skin needs to be protected against burning. Darker skin has some natural protection but it is still vulnerable to skin cancer, spots or wrinkles. It’s important to get in the habit of always protecting your skin while outdoors. Apply sunscreen, wear a hat and add sunglasses to protect your eye area.

Uneven discoloration, redness, or dark circles may be a reaction to lifestyle choices or indicate something for you to explore with a dermatologist.

Select a complementary foundation color and a concealer color that is one tone lighter than your skin tone. When using products, check the ingredients carefully.

Texture
To support your skin’s texture, cleanse your face with a mild soap in moderate temperature water twice a day. If your skin is dry to normal you can rinse only with water in the morning. Exfoliate once or twice a week. Gently scrub to remove dead skin cells. Don’t overdo it.

Moisturize twice a day after washing no matter what your skin type. Skin needs to stay hydrated even if your skin type is oily, dark or fair. Eat green leafy vegetables and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Don’t forget the benefits of ancient-greek-skin-care-secrets-still-used-today and the-benefits-of-certified-organic-extra-virgin-olive-oil-in-your-skin-care for your skin’s complexion.

Appearance
Dullness or prominent pores can be a concern for many women. Wash regularly and thoroughly. You may want to follow up with a hydrating mist to seal in skin care products. Face oil can give your complexion an instant glow.

Complexions can be improved through better eating (protein helps with skin cell turnover and helps keep skin moisturized). And through better sleeping (skin produces collagen and elastin during sleep). Use a night face cream that works in tandem with your skin’s natural repair cycle.

Get to know your face and nourish it with proper lifestyle choices and selective skin care products.

Green Guide To Natural Skincare

Natural skincare is a niche product ready to be embraced by the mainstream. Like organically grown food, natural skincare will be the first choice for people who care about making healthy lifestyle decisions. Scientists have determined that skin will absorb up to 60 percent of applied lotions, soaps, creams and oils. Unlike food, which is first metabolized in the liver, what skin absorbs has direct entry to the bloodstream. It matters how you cleanse, hydrate, soothe and protect your skin.

As people learn more about the benefits of natural skincare products and the detriments from not using them, future growth in use is undeniable. Here is a summary guide to going green with your skincare.

Develop a green skincare routine
Regularly read labels on all of your skincare products. Know what ingredients may pose health risks. Check for expiration dates and discard if the date has passed. Don’t rely on a supposed skin type definition, for example, oily or dry. Look at your skin each day to see if adjustments need to be made to your routine.

Natural face cleansers
Whenever washing your face use tepid water and pat dry with a towel. Cleansers can come in different forms including soaps, oils and foams. Try them out to see which one you like best. Avoid cleansers with synthetic fragrances and chemicals known to pose health risks. Scent can come from essential oils or herbal ingredients.

Glycerin soaps made with olive oil extract and honey are effective in keeping the skin moisturized and pores open. Cleansing oils may consist of lightweight blends of natural ingredients such as sunflower oil, vitamins and fruit extracts. Foam cleansers can include plant extracts and organic juices to gently clean the skin.

Natural toners
Toners are optional in a skincare routine but can serve as a multi-tasking tool when your face needs a refresher. Small spray bottles of toner can be used after a workout to replenish skin. Or use the spray to prep your face before moisturizing. If it’s well formulated (read the label) it can hydrate, exfoliate, and diminish brown spots and signs of aging. Some of the best toners are formulated with floral water.

Natural moisturizers
Skin needs to be moisturized. We lose on average of one pint of water through our pores each day. Moisturizers contain emollients to soften, heal, and hydrate the skin. Humectants attract moisture from the air bonding with water molecules. The best green humectants are glycerin and sorbitol that have been derived from natural sources. Emulsifiers bind ingredients. Green emulsifiers may be made up of plant-derived waxes. Water and essential oils are penetrators that allow the skin to absorb. Extracts act as active ingredients that restore balance to the skin’s oils, exfoliate and brighten, and diminish wrinkles. Green active ingredients include citrus extracts and green tea extracts.

Natural body care
Plant derived cleansing agents from olives, sugar beets and coconuts are green alternatives to sulfates. Pure plant oils including jojoba, almond or grape seed extracts are fantastic skin moisturizers. Vitamin E and caffeine are known to hold skin-firming properties.

Natural sun protection
Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium oxide have a wide spectral range to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If you don’t want to layer multiple products choose a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen in it. Another green way of protecting your skin is wear a hat and lightweight long sleeve shirt and pants. Drinking green tea has also shown to offer some protection from sun radiation.

Natural aroma
A process for extracting oils from flowers through distillation was first introduced by a Persian doctor sometime around AD 100 and refined later by the Romans. Essential oils including Cypress, lavender and Mandarin are known to have calming effects as well as a subtle, pleasurable scent. Synthetic perfumes weren’t introduced until the 20th century.

Just as our skin cells are constantly renewing so is our ability to accept, preserve and protect nature’s gifts.