If you’re a person who lives their life eating a plant-based diet or maintains a lifestyle that doesn’t involve consuming most animal-derived foods, you may have also made the decision to eliminate using everyday beauty products that can potentially endanger or kill animals. In doing so, you’ve more than likely cut out the use of honey, which is a natural moisturizer produced by bees that is used in many beauty products to fight anti-aging, as well as bovine and marine collagen, which is found naturally and exclusively in animal tissue, and is what gives our skin its elasticity (which, our bodies naturally produce less and less of collagen as we age).
Given the benefits of what both honey and collagen do for the hair, skin, and nails, letting go of foods that contain those ingredients and helps you maintain your physical beauty, isn’t always easy. Over the past month, I’ve shared what to look for on labels when shopping for vegan beauty products and what powerful plants to include in your everyday beauty routine that works amazingly for your hair and skin; so allow me to share ingredients that are not only 100% vegan and effective, but are potent superfood oils that are key to unlocking beautiful and supple springtime skin.
Avocados are good for more than just being the main ingredient in tasty guacamole or served atop breakfast toast, it’s also a necessary staple to include in your skincare regimen. Packed with fatty acids that plump the skin, avocado oil also contains sterolins, a natural steroid found in plants that boost collagen production, that treat the discoloration of the skin and helps soften the skin.
Additionally, avocado oil is an excellent moisturizer that’s loaded with plenty of vitamins and minerals that are vital for skin health. In particular, avocado oil contains vitamin E, a natural antioxidant which helps to reduce damage from UV rays and free radicals present in your body. For those of us whose skin doesn’t respond well to coconut oil, this is a good replacement.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
When it comes to consuming, this oil may be under the radar. While it’s not tasty, sea buckthorn oil is one of the most potent sources of omega-7s, which is known for regenerating, restoring and nourishing the skin, as well as promoting strong nails and hair.
Apply two to four drops of cold-pressed sea buckthorn oil as needed to help restore problematic skin back to its natural, beautiful state.
Broccoli Seed Oil
Growing up, we were always told to eat our broccoli due to its health benefits, so it should come as no surprise that using broccoli seed oil topically is just as beneficial. Made from broccoli sprouts, broccoli seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and high in vitamin C, which nourishes and softens the skin, revealing healthy looking and glowing skin.
Shawna Davis is a wellness journalist and the founder and creator of the wellness lifestyle blog, Froing and Flowing. Beyond the blog, she is a certified yoga instructor, wife, dog mama and is a natural hair enthusiast that’s passionate about health, wellness, and natural beauty. You can follow her on Instagram @itsshawnadavis.