A lot of people confuse the vegan diet with the vegetarian diet. While they do sound similar, the philosophies are very different.
This article is going to cover the differences between being a vegan and being a vegetarian, as well as offer a few vegan-friendly Korean beauty products.
What is Veganism?
First, it’s important to note that vegans and vegetarians lead very different lifestyles. Vegetarians simply do not eat red meat, fish or poultry. Vegans, however, take this much further. Vegans do not eat red meat, fish or poultry, but many of them also do not use any other animal products or by-products. This means they typically don’t eat eggs, dairy or honey, and they also typically do not use products like leather, silk, wool or fur. They also do not use any cosmetics or hygiene products that contain animal extracts or by-products, nor do they use products that are tested on animals. Most vegans believe that animals should not be treated as human commodities. This means they are opposed to the farming and harvesting of animals and their by-products for moral reasons as well as health reasons.
How the Vegan Diet Works
In order to stay healthy, we need a variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in our diets. Many people think that it is difficult to stay healthy without eating meat or animal products, but that is actually not the case. Vegans can get more than enough protein, vitamins, minerals and even fats from their diet to allow them to lead happy, healthy lives.
For instance, vegans can get protein from fortified grains, tofu, peanut butter, soy products and veggies. All of the fats found in a vegan diet are healthy, unsaturated fats from avocado, coconut and various nuts. Healthy fats promote glowing skin and shiny hair, which is great for vegan beauty enthusiasts!
For other important minerals like calcium, zinc and iron, vegans can turn to the variety of dark, leafy greens available. They can even eat watermelon and legumes!
Vegan Diet and Beauty
If you already follow the vegan diet or if you are interested in becoming vegan, you don’t have to sacrifice your beauty routine. While it will be incredibly important for you to read the labels on products you would like to use, there are plenty of Korean skincare options that are free from animal products and animal testing.
One of my favorite vegan-friendly Korean skincare brands is I’m From.
This brand uses the highest-quality plant ingredients sourced directly from Korean farmers.
If your skin needs a brightening detox, grab the I’m From Vitamin Tree Mask. It is a thick, creamy mask made with over 50 percent vitamin tea water, 11 percent fresh vitamin tree leaves and 38 percent plant extracts to support brightening and nourishing for young, fresh skin. Vitamin tree, more commonly known as sea buckthorn, has fruit and leaves that are very beneficial for skin. The berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and flavonoids, and the leaves are full of vitamin C, proteins, calcium and catechin. All of these ingredients are protective and antioxidant.
For dry, sensitive or red skin, the I’m From Honey Mask will make your skin moist, elastic and calm. The mask contains over 38 percent pure, herbal honey. While not all vegans will be able to use this, those who are comfortable with using honey products will see great benefits. The mask is deeply nourishing and can easily quench even the thirstiest skin. The mask also contains sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, macadamia seed oil and hazelnut for additional moisturizing and elasticity.
The best solution for oily skin or clogged pores is the I’m From Volcanic Mask. The mask contains 8.6 percent pure Jeju volcanic clay to absorb excess sebum and draw out dirt and impurities in your pores. Its cooling effect will soothe stressed skin and make your pores feel tighter. The ultra-fine particles in Jeju volcanic clay help to gently exfoliate away dead skin, while the natural minerals help to make your skin firm and healthy. Other ingredients in the mask include kaolin clay, bentonite and I’m From’s own “Whitening Nine Complex,” which contains extracts like ginseng, snow lotus, edelweiss and houttuynia cordata.
I hope this guide to the vegan diet has helped you understand how it works. Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice health or beauty if you decide the vegan lifestyle is right for you!