There are currently over 21,000 spas in the US alone, and the popularity of spa visits is steadily on the rise, increasing by 2.5% in the past 5 years. Growth in the spa industry offers vegans more options in choosing treatments that meet their ethical standards. When you visit a spa, the goal is to alleviate stress, rather than worry about every product you come in contact with. Choosing a vegan-friendly spa means you can rest assured your esthetician understands your values, and that you won’t have to sacrifice your beliefs for a few hours of self-care.
Vegan Alternatives For Hair Removal
While waxing is viewed as the go-to method for removing hair from the arms, legs, face and bikini line, some of these waxes may contain animal products like beeswax and honey. If waxing is your preferred form of depilation, make sure to find a wax made from plant based ingredients like soy or sugar. Sugaring is a more gentle alternative to waxing, and may be safer for more sensitive skin and delicate areas of the body. The process of sugaring involves creating a heated paste from sugar, water and lemon. Often, honey will be added to thicken the mixture; however, sugaring can work just as effectively without added honey. Talk to your esthetician about the ingredients in the wax or sugar they’re using, and ask about vegan options.
Plant-Based Facials Can Give You Glowing Skin
Botanicals contain some of the most powerful compounds for hydrating, nourishing and healing your skin. Fatty acids found in oils derived from coconut, avocado and chia seeds strengthen the skin’s natural barrier to retain moisture and keep skin cells plump and hydrated. Yams and pumpkins have powerful antioxidant effects due to their high beta-carotene and vitamin C content. Viva Day Spa works with the natural powers of plants, and offers an organic yam and pumpkin peel to accelerate the exfoliation process and nourish the skin with enzymes that reduce hyperpigmentation and sun damage.
Finding A Vegan Nail Polish
When you find a brand of cruelty-free cosmetics, you may feel like you’ve reached the holy grail of vegan beauty care. However, you may be surprised to find that cruelty-free cosmetics may still contain animal products. Ingredients like guanine, carmine, oleic acid and lanolin are often used to add pigmentation, shimmer and texture to nail polish and other makeup. If you’re treating yourself to a manicure or pedicure, you can always bring your own bottle of carefully chosen polish to avoid wasting time reading every bottle in the salon. You can also forego nail polish, and have your nails buffed instead to enhance their natural shine.
Many spas and salons are gaining awareness about the benefits of choosing vegan products. As more and more people adopt a vegan lifestyle, businesses are making it a priority to offer vegan options. Making informed choices when choosing a spa, and asking questions before you book an appointment, will help make your spa day more relaxing.