While you might think “this whole vegan thing” is just a trend that is sure to fade, recent increases in Google search trends say otherwise. Google searches for the word “vegan” have increased by a whopping 90 percent worldwide as more and more people switch to plant-based diets and animal-friendly products. These days, beauties are realising that looking your best shouldn’t come at a cost to animals and while many skincare brands still test on animals, there are plenty who’ve gone totally vegan and cruelty-free. One such local brand is the Oolala Collection. This vegan, cruelty-free skincare brand is making waves in the SA beauty world with a range of innovative and planet-conscious products.
The difference between ‘cruelty-free’ and ‘vegan’:
While vegan products are typically made using natural and or organic ingredients that don’t contain any animal ingredients or by-products (such as honey, beeswax, lanolin, fish collagen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatine, squalene and stearic acid), cruelty-free products are products that are not tested on animals. Cruelty-free products that are vegan may possibly contain animal ingredients or by-products and similarly, there’s a possibility that products that are vegan, but not cruelty-free may have been tested on animals.
Oolala is both cruelty-free and vegan, and is supported by Beauty Without Cruelty and VeganSA so you can shop with a clear conscience. But that’s not all, the progressive brand also boasts products that are non-toxic, gentle on your skin, and that contain the latest peptide technology for skin remodelling and anti-ageing, so they’re hella good for your skin too!
Starting your vegan, cruelty-free skincare journey
So where do you start your vegan, cruelty-free skincare journey? The Oolala Collection is all about offering South Africans targeted skincare that really works. If you’ve got a specific skincare concern you can simply visit the Oolala Collection website and browse the wide range of skincare products to find a selection of products to work for you. With products for everything from acne prone skin to ageing, pigmented, and dehydrated skin, you’re bound to find something you’ll love.
If you’re still unsure of where to start, the Oolala Collection SkinESSENTIALS range is a great place to begin. This unisex range was developed for all skin types and offers a wide range of products to start your journey to healthier looking skin.
The Low-down on the SkinESSENTIALS range
First things first, a cleanser! The SkinESSENTIALS 2in1 Deep Facial Cleanser With Toner (Alcohol-Free – R250) gently removes excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed while also protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It’s a great product for lazy lasses who don’t want to include too many steps in their daily skincare routine.
The SkinESSENTIALS Day Moisturiser With SPF15 (R350) and Active Night Moisturiser (R385) are also must-tries for those struggling with hydration. Designed to offer moisture and sun protection, the SkinESSENTIALS Day Moisturiser helps to repair the skin’s barrier while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fans of the fledgeling skincare brand rave about this product and its ability to leave the skin looking radiant and youthful, even without makeup. At night, slap on the Active Night Moisturiser to nourish and repair the skin while you sleep.
For something a little bit different, try the Colloidal Silt Ultra Mud Mask (R350). This bioactive mineral and phospholipid-rich silt mud mask contains Silt (Colloidal Silver) as the main active ingredients. Rich in essential water-soluble vitamins and amino acids, Silt is said to offer long-lasting moisturising and firming benefits for the skin. This mask is sure to be a real treat for those with dehydrated, dry, and reactive skin and can be used as a face mask, for body wraps, and even for bath and hair treatments.