I Switched Over to Vegan Skincare—Here Are My Thoughts

Here at Who What Wear, we're committed to helping you, the members of our beauty community, find the results-driven products that are right for your lifestyle. Whether your skincare objectives are centered around fighting acne, anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, or any of the myriad concerns in between, we are constantly aiming to bring you the information to help you make empowered choices about the products you bring into your routine.

One area we're consistently curious about is vegan skincare. There's a lot of noise out there about its benefits and drawbacks, and we knew that if we, as editors, were still combing through the details, then consumers were likely struggling to do your due diligence as well. In an effort to open up the conversation and create some clarity, we wanted a member of our devoted community to be involved in this process with us. That's why we decided to choose one of you to test-drive Versed skincare (our sister brand, which is 100% vegan) for a full week to dive headfirst into how switching to a clean, vegan skincare regimen might work for the everyday woman.

Below, meet our tester, Deb. She's a skin enthusiast, content creator, and healthcare professional who wanted to know a bit more about vegan skincare and how it could fit into a busy lifestyle. Our pals over at Versed put together a routine tailored to Deb's specific needs and concerns so that she could put it to the ultimate test. Ahead, check out Deb's honest thoughts on her personalized vegan skincare regimen.


(Image credit: Deb Burnett)

The background: "As someone who struggled with a long-term cycle of active breakouts, my main skin care concerns are hyperpigmentation and adequate hydration that doesn’t clog my combination skin. Given my background as a healthcare clinician, I am aware that my lifestyle choices have a direct effect on my skin. Though I am not vegan, I am a firm believer in a balanced way of living."

Why vegan skincare? "I am interested in a vegan skincare routine for two reasons, the first being the positive impact it can have on animals and the environment. Secondly, vegan skincare is more simple in terms of ingredients. With so many brands and products to choose from, it will be nice to take a break from so many steps and utilize a pared-back regimen from a single brand."

Here's What She Used

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(Image credit: Deb Burnett)

The Versed verdict: "Overall, using Versed for one week really simplified my routine and worked perfectly with my busy on-the-go lifestyle. I am a fan of how affordable it is and what the brand chooses not to put into its formulations (including silicones and synthetic fragrances). Versed makes quality skincare that’s accessible to all, and it aligns with my own personal values of inclusion. Though I may not be a vegan, I truly believe simple swaps such as adding vegan products to one’s routine can have a profound effect."

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Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.