15 Feb Good to Glow
A vegan diet naturally gives you a glow. Enhance it with radiance-boosting skin care and make-up.
Ultimately, nothing shines brighter than your soul, so when you’re living and eating ethically, your spirit is bound to radiate. Add to that, a radiance-enhancing skin care plan, plus a few magic moves with your make-up brush, and you’re all set to shimmer!
Make these five simple (vegan beauty) steps part of your daily routine and your dermis will truly dazzle.
Twice daily cleansing prepares skin for treatment products and moisturiser. Cleanse once in the morning to remove the cellular waste left on the skin’s surface from your overnight rest and repair processes, and twice at night to purge make-up and the day’s debris.
- Lush Aqua Marina Cleanser, $17.50. Free from microbeads, this cruelty-free cleanser relies on three types of seaweed to soothe skin as it cleanses.
- Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser, $34. With zero sulphates, this retains skin’s hydration while removing all traces of dirt.
- KORA Organics Cleanser (Foaming, Gentle or Cream), $30.
With a formula for every skin type, this maintains moisture balance as it effectively dissolves the day’s make-up and impurities.
Exfoliation works to remove any dead cells or pollution that might be stuck to the skin’s surface, clearing the path for better absorption of your serums and creams. Depending on your skin type, you should aim to exfoliate between one and three times weekly.
- La Mav Jojoba Beads and Argan Oil Exfoliating Scrub, $29.95. Ideal for dry, sensitive, mature skin or complexions prone to fine lines, this contains aloe vera to soothe irritation, Argan oil to hydrate and jojoba beads to dislodge dead cells and impurities.
- Divine Woman Daily Radiance Exfoliating Cream, $49.95.
With vitamin C and liquorice, this sloughs skin as it supports immunity and improves radiance.
- Madara Exfoliating Oil-to-Milk Scrub, $40.95.
Infused with jojoba beads to remove congestion and waste, this applies as an oil, transforming to milk as you massage, which is easily rinsed away along with dead skin and pollutants.
Use a Brightening Serum
Amp up your vegan glow with an illuminating serum. Apply as directed after cleansing and/or exfoliating. There’s no need to massage a serum into the skin – most formulas contain targeted ingredients in sophisticated delivery systems, and head straight to where they are needed, acting immediately.
- Vanessa Megan Two-Phase Vitamin C Brightening Serum, $124.95.
This packs a cruelty-free punch with vitamin C and Kakadu Plum Powder, boosting luminosity and improving clarity.
- Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum, $26.95.
Brighten a dull complexion with this turmeric and vitamin C-infused serum, which also fights free radicals and promotes collagen and elastin production.
- Hauschka Night Serum, $79.
With apple blossom and apple fruit hydrosol, this softens the skin and improves its radiance while you sleep.
Keep Skin Well Hydrated
Twice daily moisturising is non-negotiable if you want you want supple, glowing skin that the light bounces off beautifully. Look for a formula with radiance-enhancing ingredients such as Kakadu Plum Extract, Pomegranate and Hyaluronic Acid.
- Salt and Glow Skin Soufflé Moisturiser, $36.
Australian made in small batch production, this has high levels of vitamin C and is brimming with EFAs, to protect, hydrate and repair.
- KORA Organics Noni Glow Face Balm, $29.95. Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and EFAs, this boosts hydration and amps up luminosity.
- La Mav Wrinkle Defence Skin Brightening Day Fluid, $44.95.
Well suited to oilier complexions, this doses skin with hydration, thanks to Hyaluronic Acid and lightens and brightens with liquorice extract.
With a slew of vegan complexion-enhancing formulas, it’s never been easier to boost brightness and impart a natural looking glow. From radiance-enriching mineral foundations, to luminisers and highlighters, we’ve got your glow covered.
- 100% Pure Luminous Starlight, $29.95
Skin care meets make-up in this antioxidant-packed product. Apply strategically to the high points of the face (brows, tip of the nose, tops of the cheeks, or your Cupid’s Bow), or mix a little in with your foundation for an all over subtle shimmer.
- Eco Minerals Perfection Mineral Foundation, $31.
Vegan and cruelty-free? Check. A fresh, dewy finish? Check. Buildable coverage that imparts a natural, but never-shiny glow? Got that, too. Add natural SPF25 and you might just have the perfect foundation. Buff lightly into the skin with a kabuki brush, building to the depth of cover you want.
- Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter in Falling Star, $35.
Blend this beautiful cream along brow bones, cheek bones, collarbones, décolletage and lips to impart a subtle glow.
Even Healthier Diet Hacks
You’ve embarked on a vegan diet, which is one of the best things you can do for your body and our world as a whole. Go you! Increasing your plant consumption not only works wonders for general health, it also manifests in beautiful skin. Think: improved clarity, enhanced radiance and moisture and a younger-looking complexion that sticks around for longer.
However, no matter how healthy your diet, stress, pollution and lack of sleep, among other environmental aggressors, can sometimes take their toll on skin. Be sure your daily diet includes these skin-essential nutrients and you’ll quickly counter that.
An essential antioxidant, vitamin C not only helps to prevent damage from free radicals, it builds up the skin’s natural immune properties and supports collagen production. Look for it in capsicum, citrus fruits, strawberries, mangoes and melons.
Another potent antioxidant, vitamin E helps to ward off skin ageing. Rich sources include almonds, avocados, asparagus, sunflower seeds, pine nuts and spinach.
Found in brightly coloured foods including peaches, leafy greens, sweet potato, carrots and capsicum, vitamin A wards off free radicals and supports skin repair.
Essential Fatty Acids
EFAs support the skin’s natural moisturising function, keeping it smooth, plump and beautifully hydrated. Find them in avocado, mustard greens, spinach, kale, flaxseed oil, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, uncooked olive oil and walnuts.
This mineral supports firm, supple skin and it’s thought that it wards off acne. Natural sources of it include Brazil nuts, walnuts, wholegrains and spinach.
You’ll find zinc in legumes, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and whole grains. It supports the skin’s natural healing and protective functions.
With beauty editor Shonagh Walker