DIY Vegan Face wash / Cleanser For Acne

This homemade vegan facial wash/cleanser takes minutes to prepare and only includes two ingredients:

  • Ground oats
  • Water

How to make:

Simply add regular oats to a food processor until you are left with an ‘oat powder’.  Store the dry ground oats in a container.

How to use:

Add a teaspoon of water to a tablespoon of the ground oats to the palm of your hand when ready to use. Mix together until you get a ‘lumpy paste’. Apply to your face (or just problem areas) and rinse afterwards.
  This facial wash proved very effective for getting rid of acne and drying very oily skin. It may have too much of a ‘drying effect’ for naturally dry skin, but you may have to experiment.

Not only is it cheap and easy to make but you can be confident that this skin care product has not been tested on animals and does not contain any animal products, animal by-products or nasty chemicals you don’t want on your skin.

1 cup of ground oats should last between 3 weeks and 1 month (assuming you use it twice a day).

-The Vegan Lily

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Should We Buy Colgate Products?

If you rely on regular supermarkets or drugstores as your source of dental care then it may be difficult to find a vegan toothpaste. Although Colgate does test on animals, according to the company’s website, it does offer a selection of products free of animal-derived ingredients:

Toothpaste:

  • Colgate Cavity Protection (Regular and Gel only)
  • Colgate 2in1 Toothpaste & Mouthwash
  • Colgate Max Fresh
  • Colgate Kids Toothpaste
  • Colgate Sparkling White

Toothbrushes:

  • All Colgate Toothbrushes

Source: http://www.colgate.ca/app/Colgate/CA/EN/Corp/Products/Vegetarians.cvsp

Please note that Colgate is not a vegan company and does test on animals. Colgate is listed on PETA as a ‘company that works for regulatory change’ which means “they test on animals only when required by law. They are completely transparent with PETA about which animal tests they conduct and why, and that are actively working to promote development, validation, and acceptance of non-animal methods.”.

A Vegan Diet’s Effect On Hair And Nails

Since my transition to veganism, I can see a huge difference in my hair and nails. (Especially my nails). My nails have become much stronger and have stopped breaking and bending. The growth of my nails has almost doubled in speed and I find myself needing to cut them every second day or so.

My hair has definitely become stronger as well. I have very fine hair and I would usually lose a lot of hair throughout the day. I’ve noticed that this hair loss has almost stopped (or at least I don’t notice it anymore). I’ve experienced no dry ends or split ends and my hair is in the best condition it has been in, in years.

I’ve read a lot about people (who have transitioned to a plant-based diet) noticing rapid growth of their hair. My hair has always grown fast so I didn’t notice much of a difference (although I still have 2 inch roots).

I follow a high carb, low fat, plant-based diet which consists predominantly of fruits and vegetables. I’m not sure if I would have gotten the same results with my hair and nails if I had of been eating vegan ‘junk food’ (Heavily processed foods) although it still would have been an improvement to eating the amount of animal products I was eating prior to my transition.

-The Vegan Lily

A Vegan Diet’s Effect On Sleep

After many years of not being able to fall asleep at night, finding it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings and having tired, stingy eyes throughout the day, I have finally found a solution that worked for me.

Within the first week of becoming vegan, I noticed a huge difference in my sleep and energy levels. I was suddenly able to go to bed and fall asleep without any difficulty. In the mornings, I’m able to jump out of bed straight away with loads of energy. I also felt completely awake and energized throughout the day (and I still do, of course).

I was able to study more effectively and concentrate more in class. For that reason, it was a blessing that I found veganism leading up to my Leaving Certificate (Finals).

And note that there were no other major changes in my life around the time of my transition (or none that I can remember). I was already a vegetarian for a year prior to my veganism transition. So, I credit my change in diet to my improved sleep and increased energy levels.

-The Vegan Lily

Cruelty Free Hair Dye

I’ll admit, I do dye my hair a lot. Recently, I’ve been trying to lighten my hair by getting highlights every few weeks. However, as I became increasingly more aware of animal testing, I decided that I couldn’t continue purchasing brands, such as, L’Oreal or Clairol as they tested on animals. So, for weeks I was searching the internet and was still getting no results for any vegan hair dyes, except for dyes that were only semi-permanent and could not lighten hair (only darken it).

So today, I went into Superdrug and to my delight, was told by one of the employees that their own brand is against animal testing. Of course, I checked the box and yes, it clearly states that Superdrug is against animal testing. They also stocked many dyes that lightened hair as well as darkened it.

To help many people who wish to colour their hair more ethically, I wanted to publish this post about this vegan hair dye as it would of saved me a lot of time if someone had of pointed me in the right direction.

Happy Colouring🐤

-The Vegan Lily