Like with any change you make in your life, you won’t see the benefits of switching to a vegan lifestyle straight away. However, the sheer number of benefits this change entails is quite surprising, but once you think about it, it seems so obvious.
The health benefits of going vegan are by now well documented. I think that at this point, we have all read editorials, reports and scientific research on how it helps reduce cholesterol, keep weight down, reduce the risk of cancer and much more.
I am not putting these down, and these are all fantastic benefits. Yet, sometimes we want to see the exterior benefits. At heart, the human race is vain, right?
How Do I Look?
From a young age, I have always been into skincare and beauty products. I would get the best stuff around, try different types of cleansers and, but something still eluded me: how to get rid of my spots.
I’ve always had a small issue with my skin, and especially at that time of the month, I would get angry acne that would rage across my face for a week or so. I learned to calm myself down by blaming genetics, but I was still looking for a way out.
I cut out junk food, I tried different vitamins, creams, and facials, but nothing worked. Fast forward a few months after turning vegan, and I am annoyingly blemished free.
How Did My Skin Get So Bright?
When you go vegan, you have to take an active interest in the food you are eating. You can’t just sit back on your laurels. Even the “healthy“ version of eating animal products means you don’t get a variety of foods.
Once you make the switch, you are suddenly forced to look for alternatives to everything. Your diet becomes more wholesome. You are eating a considerable amount of fruit and vegetables. Even going out to eat, the vegan choices are more robust with their content, just because of the foods they contain.
The results happen because your body is getting what it needs. Your skin works as an organ, processing everything outside in and inside out. If you are feeding it all those veggies and fruits, with all that water they contain, then your skin drinks that up. I have seen one single spot in the years I’ve become vegan.
The Dark Side Of the Moon
I won’t bore you with the details of how my sleep patterns have changed since turning vegan (for the better, since you ask), but I will tell you this: those dark circles, though not a thing of the past, are nothing like they were.
I used to sleep a lot, and by a lot, I mean a 10-hour stint was not unusual. Since becoming vegan, I sleep less. Is this strange? To me, it was, and I was a bit concerned that I wasn’t getting enough, but my sleep is much better quality.
How do I know? After a few weeks, I looked in the mirror and was about to dollop my favorite concealer and realized I didn’t need it. Maybe barely a whiff of it. The bane of my life, those dark circles, were disappearing before my eyes. Happy days!
My Superficial Happiness
These are superficial reasons to celebrate, none more so than realizing that without even trying I lost those niggly 5 pounds that wouldn’t seem to shift after I hit “ahem” years old. Gone. Pouf. Vanished. Never to return.
If you were ever in doubt, beauty is more than skin deep, and vegans are genuinely caring people who want to help the environment and the animal world. We are also human, too, and we like to look banging in skinny jeans and no makeup.