As more and more of us care about the origin of the products we use on their face, the beauty industry has seen a massive rise in plant-based skincare. To celebrate World Vegan Month this November, here are my five favourite ethical must-haves from leading vegan brand Tropic Skincare.
Go back a decade and veganism was very much on the fringe. Yes, you could always guarantee at least one vegetarian at a dinner party; but you could be fairly certain you wouldn’t have a guest at the table that shunned all animal products entirely. Over the last few years there has been a big sea-change, and the words "my girlfriend is a vegan" doesn't send quite the same shockwaves through a mum's kitchen as it once did.
But it's not just diets that have adjusted; we've seen a massive growth is plant-based beauty too. So much so, the industry is now worth £14.5 billion worldwide and is predicted to reach £20 billion by 2028. The UK leads the way, particularly with trend-setting Gen Z consumers, and The Vegan Society shows 43% of them never buy beauty products that have been tested on animals.
So the benefits of vegan skincare? Well, for a start plant-based products tend to be free from harsh chemicals and additives, and by their very nature, they are also typically rich in antioxidants, vitamins and essential nutrients. These provide your skin with what it needs to thrive, helping to achieve a healthy, radiant complexion.
Tropic Skincare: A Commitment to Vegan Beauty
Founded by Susan Ma, Tropic Skincare is a home-grown brand dedicated to creating high-quality, vegan essentials that deliver impressive results. What sets it apart is its dedication to creating products with freshly harvested ingredients. Its Tropic Kitchen allows for the development of higher concentrations of active ingredients, ensuring maximum effectiveness. This commitment to freshness means that your skin benefits from the purest, most potent ingredients.
The brand uses recyclable, biodegradable packaging materials to reduce waste and minimise its impact on the environment, while it offsets its carbon emissions by investing in renewable energy and reforestation projects, making your purchases guilt-free. So by incorporating these freshly-made, natural products into your daily routine, you're taking a step towards healthier skin, all while contributing to a cleaner, greener planet.
Here's my pick of Tropic's daily essentials, available from Dr Julia's online portal.
DR JULIA'S PRODUCT OF THE MONTH - ELIXIR Radiance-Boosting Omega Oil: A radiance-enhancing organic oil packed with omega-rich ingredients and vitamin E to nourish and hydrate. It's expertly formulated to feed skin with the same level of essential fatty acids we’d naturally have at the age of 22 (after which they decline). Because it has a heavier consistency compared to serums and moisturisers, use it as the last step in your routine to seal in all those good-for-you ingredients.
Smoothing Cleanser: Start your routine with this gentle yet effective cleanser to removes impurities, makeup and dead skin cells. Using gentle jojoba oil to dissolve dirt and makeup, green tea extract to fight free radicals and aloe vera juice to provide a rush of moisture, it leaves the complexion soft and springy. It comes witth a bamboo cloth as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable wipes.
Morning Mist Soothing Toning Essence: Nutritious avocado milk, aloe vera juice and hyaluronic acid drench your skin in antioxidant-rich hydration. The gentle ingredients balance pH-level and maintain a healthy barrier function, so your complexion stays moisturised and protected against environmental aggressors. Use it as a softening toner or spritz throughout the day.
Super Greens Nutrient Boost Oil: Cold-pressed to ensure none of the nutrients are lost in production, vitamin-rich greens - including broccoli, kale and avocado - keep skin radiant and resilient. It helps fight the effects of pollution and the causes of sensitivities for a strong and healthy complexion. After cleansing, toning and moisturising, massage 3-6 drops into your face and neck in upward, circular motions.
Skin Feast Nourishing Moisturiser: A luxurious, intensely hydrating cream that replenishes your moisture and supports its natural barrier. With more than 20 flower, plant and seed extracts this everyday essential brightens, hydrates and protects. Available in an unscented version that’s perfect for all skin sensitivities, and a scented version with additional notes of rose geranium, neroli, and mandarin oils.