My Vegan & Cruelty Free Skincare Routine
Switching from a pretty-much-anything skincare routine to a vegan and cruelty free skincare routine was a slow process for me. Even more so because I’ve become more invested in skincare over the past few years! Despite my love of great skincare, I like to keep my vegan skincare routine as short as possible. This is partly because I am lazy and I don’t trust myself to do more than a couple of steps regularly, and partly because I love to travel, and I want my skincare routine to be accessible and pack-away-able.
There are some switches I make when I travel, paring down my vegan toiletries to absolute essentials. I’ll cover than in another blog post, a little closer to summer!
Keep an eye out for My Vegan Travel Skincare Routine!
This post is all about my vegan day and night skincare routine whilst I’m in the UK, but obviously it changes depending on where I am. If you’re heading somewhere warm soon (lucky you!) then check out my last post on vegan moisturisers and foundations with SPF protection.
Morning Vegan & Cruelty Free Skincare Routine
In the mornings, I like to keep my vegan skincare routine as simple as possible. I have quite a long morning routine, so sometimes I can be in a rush for work. I’ve become so used to working from home now that I don’t know how I’ll do when my mornings suddenly become another rush to the office!
My morning vegan and cruelty free skincare routine starts in the shower. After a good nights’ sleep and morning exercise, I wash my face with a good foaming cleanser. At the moment, I’m using The Body Shop’s vegan Tea Tree Skin Cleanser, which is designed for oily skin (perfect after a morning workout!). On weekends (read: no exercise) I do find it to be a little drying. Next time I make a purchase I’ll probably try one of The Body Shop’s other cleansers for combination or dry skin.
“It lathers up instantly, foaming into clogged pores to help shift impurities and excess oil. There’s no hiding from this guy.”
I also really love the Natura Siberica Cleansing Foaming Mousse.
This vegan vitamin C and E serum by Medik8 is a treat for me, which is to say it’s a little on the expensive side. My sister bought it for my birthday, and I use it sparingly! I only use this on days I’m looking for a little extra hydration, and I’ve found myself reaching for it less since I started using a vegan day cream with vitamin C in it.
“Utilising the antioxidant power of vitamin C and E, the hydrating serums brighten and smooth the complexion, while fighting free radicals to reduce visible signs of ageing”
Speaking of my vegan day cream with vitamin c in it! This is one of the newest additions to my vegan and cruelty free skincare collection, and I’m in love. This moisturiser, combined with a FaceTheory night cream (more on that below), gives my skin all the goodness it needs in two simple steps.
This vegan moisturiser contains niacinamide, to reduce blemishes and increase moisture retention, vitamin c to help repair damaged skin cells, and several other ingredients to increase moisture retention and provide SPF20 broad spectrum sun protection. It is £18 for a 50ml pot, which is a little on the expensive side for me, but cruelty free brand FaceTheory often do great promo codes and I got mine on offer. I also love that you can order this product scented or unscented!
“Our new mousse moisturiser is as light as air and absorbs quickly into skin – the latest formulation technology helps us to achieve this without using any artificial carbomers.”
Lastly in my morning skin routine is eye cream. Although I’m just twenty five, I read a tweet once that said “if you’re old enough to remember the Tweenies then you’re old enough for eye cream” and it’s haunted me ever since. I’m currently using this vegan and cruelty free Pestle and Mortar eye cream, another gift from my sister.
It feels luxurious the moment you put it on and definitely makes a huge difference to my skin’s hydration. All Pestle & Mortar Products are cruelty free and designed and made in Ireland (reducing those air miles!), and this vegan eye cream contains Irish moss extract.
“A lightweight eye cream blended with a cocktail of natural extracts and a super-hero active peptide which brightens, nourishes and hydrates the skin around the eye area.“
I also love Superdrug B’s cruelty free and vegan skincare range and their Nourishing Eye Cream.
Evening Cruelty Free & Vegan Skincare Routine
I like to keep my evening vegan skincare routine simple, because otherwise I’d never convince myself to stick to it! I don’t usually wear makeup through the week, so that saves me a step. On the days that I do wear makeup, I usually use coconut oil to take it off.
Is there really much I need to say about this!? This vegan cult beauty favourite has been a part of my skincare routine for years, and I don’t plan on changing that. I try to use this every two or three days, to keep up my skins’ exfoliation but equally make sure that my fake tan doesn’t fade too quickly! Click here to read my comparison of Pixi Glow Tonic and The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid Toning Solution.
“This award-winning, invigorating toner deeply cleanses and gently exfoliates all skin types in one lovely step.”
To go nicely with my FaceTheory vegan day cream, I also recently purchased this night cream with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most important ingredients you can find in a moisturiser, so I love knowing this will be keeping my skin moisturised all night long.
It contains vitamin c, vitamin e and argan oil for additional nourishment. This is also available scented or unscented, but I opted for the scented version of this vegan and cruelty free moisturiser because I adore lavender, especially in the evening.
“A soothing and nourishing night cream formulated with hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain its moisture balance while you sleep.”
I also follow this with the Pestle & Mortar vegan eye cream I mentioned above!
Speaking of lavender… although this isn’t facial skincare, it is an essential part of my evening skincare routine. I will honestly be devastated the day I can no longer buy this (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that day never comes). The scent of this body lotion is honestly out of this world, and is perfect to help you wind down in the evenings. As a habit, I massage this into my décolletage and shoulders (and more recently my hands, due to excess hand washing!). It is also a great all-over vegan body lotion, although it is so deeply moisturising that it can be a little sticky.
“Glycerine, cocoa butter and almond oil work together to moisturise your skin while lavender and tonka leave you smelling sweet.”
And there you have it, my entire vegan and cruelty free skincare routine! My beauty shelf is filled with all-sorts else, including my holy grail fake tan, a bunch of hair products and a few pieces of makeup. What do you want to see next?