The concept of vegan skin care can be confusing. There are so many questions! In general, vegans follow a diet free of meat and animal by-products such as milk or cheese. By definition, vegan skin care products are not produced from an animal or an animal by-product. This means that traditional ingredients like beeswax, honey, collagen, lanolin and keratin are not used. There are plenty of other animal-derived ingredients that vegan skin care brands avoid, including carmine (a colorant derived from beetles) and silk, and they tend to use plant-based or synthetic ingredients instead. In general, vegan products even steer clear of animal by-products that are ethically sourced. The term ‘animal derived’ isn’t always such a clear cut word. Lanolin, a fantastic moisturizer, comes from the washing of sheep’s wool. It doesn’t hurt the sheep and it’s actually necessary to shear the sheep so their coat doesn’t get too heavy.