Why Vegan isn’t Good Enough

Since we started Shorganics way back in 2011, the trend and popularity in veganism has only increased. There are blogs and websites dedicated to all things vegan and even vegan skincare.

But to us, vegan isn’t good enough. It’s not good enough to just be “cruelty-free” and “vegan” on your label. Have your ingredients ever been tested on animals? What about processed on equipment?

Even answering “no” to those questions isn’t good enough for us. Bottom line, is there a bunch of synthetic, processed junk in your finished product, food or cosmetics?

Short answer: Probably.

There is a growing trend in skincare to have cruelty-free and vegan skincare, but the level of synthetic, lab-created chemicals is off the charts. Too many of my favorite vegans are turning toward large brands (typically owned by one of the over-arching corporate conglomerate) that are “vegan” but have so little to do with plants and botanicals.

Many companies put “botanicals” and “plant oils” in the product, but they are so far down the list of ingredients that they serve no purpose in healing or helping your skin. And don’t get me started on “anti-aging” anything. The FDA is fining companies of all sizes who claim anti-aging because it’s a lie. You simply cannot reverse aging.

So, the question is: if people are willing to eat a minimally processed, reduced meat/dairy diet for their health, why are people still slathering themselves with rubbish lotions and face creams?

Check the ingredients. If you have questions, ask the manufacturer. If you don’t want to ask the manufacturer, email us. We won’t lie to you. We’re happy to sort out The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.

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The Single Most Important Thing For Your Skin

Maintain A Good Diet.

Yep, I gave it away in the first line of this post! The secret is out! Do I want to sell you every single one of my products? Yes. Do you need a face scrub, bar soap, face moisturizer, and night cream? Yes. Are any of these some sort of miracle cure for less-than-perfect skin? No.

The single most important thing you can do for your skin is to maintain a good diet.

Here are 4 things you can do to improve your diet (which will work toward improving your skin).

1) Drink TONS of Water

Drink it everyday and space it out throughout the day.

2) Eat Fruits and Veggies

Cut out dairy and eggs – they don’t serve much of a purpose. If you’re a meat eater, eat lean cuts of meat in small quantities and infrequently. Try and source your meats from a local farmer with pasture-raised animals. Or, try to cut out meat completely!

3) Detox Your Body

I don’t recommend doing a detox unless you’ve spoken to your healthcare professional and gotten the “all-clear.” Detoxing needs to be done correctly and directions followed to a “T.” If it is done carefully and properly, you’ll feel refreshed and healthy inside and out.

4) Sleep

Sleep well, sleep often, and sleep consistently. When we rest, our body goes into repair mode and it helps heal the little damage we’ve done to ourselves throughout the day.

Do you have any diet tricks to help with your skin? Share them in the comments! Namaste.

 

By Megan Vick

Cruelty Free? Easy as 1-2-3!

By Megan Vick

 

Are you looking for a way to remove animal tested beauty products from your bathroom? It took me a long time to do it. I won’t lie, it’s easy to make the decision to go cruelty-free, but hard to look at all those expensive products in your bathroom and just toss them in the bin.

Cruelty-Free Bunny

 

But don’t think you have to do that! Going cruelty-free is much easier (and much less wasteful) than you may think. At Shorganics, we pride ourselves on being cruelty-free, but we also make sure we’re not creating more trash to go in a landfill. Try going cruelty free with these easy steps:

 

  1. Know which products you need to replace first. Be sure you check expiration dates and how much you have left.
  2. Know which product/brand will replace your current item (hey, what do you know… I’ve got some vegan, cruelty free skin care products for you)
  3. Use what you’ve got, replace as you need it

 

You’ve spend money on soap, face scrubs, face creams, body scrubs, body washes, and all that other stuff hanging out in your bathroom and we don’t want you to waste it. Going cruelty-free is commendable, but don’t put unnecessary material in the trash if you can use it and recycle the containers.

 

Always remember how awesome you are!

How to Find the Right Skin Care Products

By Megan Vick

 

Finding the right skin care products can be overwhelming and exhausting. There are gazillions of products out there all claiming to do “this” or “that.” Most of these products, even ones touting how “natural” they are, are full of chemicals, alcohols, and creepy hidden chemicals used to de-ice planes (propylene glycol, anyone?).

So, what do you do to find out which product you need?

 

1) Don’t wear make up for 1 week

For some women, this is a sacrifice they cannot make. That’s okay. You should go a week without makeup because you will be able to see how your skin reacts to your surrounding environment throughout your normal routine. No, don’t even put on powder or bronzer or whatever you kids are calling it these days.

 

2) Eat Normally

Vegan Chocolate Chip cookiesDuring your week of not wearing make-up, eat like you usually do. If that means Starbucks for breakfast, McDonald’s for lunch, and cocktails and chicken wings for dinner, then so be it. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend that way of living, but hey, I don’t judge. By not wearing makeup, you can see how your body reacts to your diet. Whether your skin becomes oily, dry, or your break out in pimples, you’ll begin to learn about your skin.

 

 

 

 

3) Wash Your Face

But there is a catch! Spend at least one day (it’s best to do 2 days, like a weekend) and just wash your face with water. No soap, no detergents, no washes, no scrubs, no cleansers- NOTHING! When you hop out of the shower, you’ll be able to feel how your skin is naturally. Don’t put anything on your face or body after your shower. Don’t use moisturizer, or lotion, or serum, or toner, or cream. Just relax. Grab a book or put on your favorite movie and enjoy the day.

 

4) Take notes

This might seem weird and kind of corny, but if you’re way out of your comfort zone by not wearing make-up and not using products to wash your face, you may experience a whole new side of you. If you notice your skin drying out immediately after your shower, write it down. If you start to break out, or feel oily during your week, make a note of it. It’s important to do this so you can remember exactly how your face reacts throughout the week.

 

You might be asking, “Great, how will this help me?”

 

You will get to know your skin without anything on it and going about your daily life. You’ll need a moisturizer (at minimum) for your face, and a lotion for your body. Depending on the different reactions your skin shows, you may want to opt for a skin care system. A system can be as complex or as simple as you desire. Check out our post on which skin care system we recommend for the 3 main types of skin.