What is Vegan Placenta
Let's talk about vegan placenta. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? Like 'jumbo shrimp,' or 'deafening silence.' So, how can placenta, an organ, be cruelty-free and vegan? It has to come from an animal, right? Well, the answer may surprise you, but it's actually quite simple.
Natural placenta, from the birthing materials of animals, contains growth factors that benefit your skin in a variety of ways including:
- Skin healing
- Cell turnover
- Collagen and elastin production
Beauty brands using natural placenta generally develop their products through the placentas of sheep.
These placentas will be labeled as placenta, placental extract, or placental protein on ingredients lists. Unfortunately, because of the need for animals, the ethical production of these products is at times questionable.
Natural placenta consumption occurs in both humans and animals. Other mammals (like rabbits) participate in placentophagia, the consumption of one’s placenta to help recover from birthing.
Women around the world have also traditionally taken part in this practice, and the practice of consuming one’s own placenta has gained new heights with celebrities ordering their placenta to be made into consumable products.
Placenta has been used topically for a long time to support health and skin wellness. Some dermatologists point to an origin in Chinese folk medicine as an aid to wound healing. Notably, the placenta has been famously used in the past to prevent acne, rosacea, dull skin, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What is Vegan Placenta Made Of?
Thanks to modern science, we're able to replicate natural, organic material in a laboratory setting. So, when we say 'vegan placenta,' we're referring to a chemically-identical, synthetic placenta alternative. The Luxe Placenta present in our formulas is bio-engineered to mimic the real thing, in every way, without having to harm or exploit any animals in the process.
Therefore, you can get the benefits of a natural placenta without the ethical concerns of the animal-derived placenta. Vegan placenta features the growth factors of the natural placenta, which encourages cellular regeneration, helping decrease the appearance of aging.
To determine if you are purchasing vegan placenta, look for the following ingredients in your skin care products:
These are the growth factors that synthetic placenta alternatives will appear as.
Like natural placenta, vegan placenta can be used as a topical cream, serum, or mask or applied with electroporation or a roller. This application can be performed by an aesthetician or by yourself, at home.
The Benefits of Vegan Placenta
The benefits of placenta for the skin are numerous. Placenta can firm up and hydrate the skin, especially skin that has been damaged by over-exfoliation. Like natural placenta, vegan placenta is full of proteins, minerals and amino acids that can reduce the appearance of signs of aging.
The beneficial properties of natural and vegan placenta include:
- Analgesic properties
- Antioxidant properties
- Cyto- and radioprotective properties
- Anti-allergic properties
- Encouragement of cellular regeneration
Finally, unlike many other skincare products, our vegan placenta does not include any prescription retinoids that can make your skin extra vulnerable to the sun. Of course, you should still wear sunscreen, but vegan placenta won’t make your skin any more sensitive than usual!
Most importantly, all of these benefits are achieved without compromising the ethics of the product's development.
The Ethics of Vegan Placenta
While organic placenta products are available from other skincare companies, Roo believes in an ethical approach to skincare. That's why our chemists use a patented fermentation process to replicate this powerful source of skin-enhancing growth factors. Through the use of bio-synthetic peptides and phytonutrients, a chemically identical, but ethically sourced placenta can be produced.
Now, we can enjoy this proven-effective and anti-aging ingredient, without sacrificing ethics or efficacy.
How You Can Try Our Vegan Placenta
Currently, we feature two main products in our Luxe Placenta skin care line: a serum and a face mask.
The Revival Serum utilizes shitake mushroom, Hydration Prime Youth Renewal, and Luxe Placenta (also known as vegan placenta) to help smooth and protect your skin. The serum can brighten skin tone, quell inflammation, stimulate collagen production, increase your skin’s elasticity, moisturize, protect from free radicals, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
After cleansing, gently massage the serum into the skin of your face, neck, and chest twice daily - morning and evening.
The Revival Face Mask aims to improve your skin’s overall quality with an at-home facial. The mask reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging, protects against environmental damage, and moisturizes your skin. The Revival Face Mask features both Hydration Prime Youth Renewal and Luxe Placenta to encourage cell turnover while also firming and revitalizing skin.
Give yourself an at-home facial by cleansing your skin (works best if following a shower) and applying the mask to the contours of your face. Let the mask sit on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes and then throw it out. Massage the remaining serum into your skin, and you’re done!
In sum, vegan placenta offers a safe, chemically-identical alternative to natural placenta for skin care purposes. Vegan placenta can improve the overall appearance of your skin by moisturizing, encouraging collagen and elastin production, and reducing the prevalence of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you want to try placenta-based skin care, but are concerned about the ethics of such products, vegan placenta products may be the right choice for you!