One of my bridal clients messaged me on Instagram, asking me about the best vegan skincare brands. While, I’m not vegan, I’m a major animal lover and cruelty free makeup artist who eats a Pescatarian diet and enjoys trying vegan dishes.
When I have a vegan client in my makeup chair, I use vegan products on them so I try to be as informed as possible on which brands and products are or are not.
A product can be cruelty free, but not vegan, and vice versa. Vegan skincare contains no animal-derived ingredients.
The below isn’t a comprehensive list, but a basic starter list of ingredients that true vegan skincare should be without.
It is worth noting that there are plant-based and synthetic versions of ingredients like lactic acid, squalane, collagen, glycerin, stearic acid.
Vegan skincare does not contain
- Snail mucin
- Silk powder
Until I was researching this post, I didn’t even know that some of these brands were 100% vegan! Now, I’m even more impressed.
I’ll be telling you the standout products from each vegan skincare brand and why.
Youth to the People
This cleanser is gentle, effective and enjoyable to use. I also love that Youth to the People packages their products in glass and sells refills, making their products a more sustainable choice as well.
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With calming mushrooms and anti-aging peptides, this cream is hydrating and heavenly for dry and irritated skin.
If you’re prone to milia, or don’t like the feeling of a heavy eye cream, this eye gel is perfect. It feels cool and light.
I wrote about Biossance in THIS POST.
Vegan lactic acid products can be hard to come by, considering lactic acid is typically milk-derived, but Biossance has a vegan form. You can see a visible glow the next morning after using this, making it a vegan product with instant gratification.
Retinol is another ingredient that is often animal-derived, plus this contains 2% vegan lactic acid too, making this is vegan godsend. It works well, is non-irritating and offers quick results.
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This is basically a puzzle of sheet masks that give some nice, noticeable lift to your face. It’s a temporary effect, but very useful before an event or photoshoot.
I really enjoy this cleansing balm, combined with a warm washcloth, for makeup removal.
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This is a great oil for someone who has more normal skin or doesn’t like a heavy feeling oil. Most skin types tolerate rosehip oil well.
This makes an excellent makeup primer for normal skin types, hydrating without adding that slippery silicone feel. I love that it has a hygienic airless pump.
I have always enjoyed sea buckthorn oil and this is no exception. This oil is great for dry skin like mine. I layer it on top of moisturizer at night.
You’ve likely heard of The Ordinary but did you know the brand is 100% vegan? I didn’t until researching this post. Their Niacinamide keeps my pores clear and breakouts under control, especially right before my period.
I think almost anyone could benefit from a hyaluronic acid and since it’s a simple ingredient, there’s no reason to pay more than you need to. This is a great serum to apply before moisturizer and usually makes for a much better makeup application as a result.
I wrote about The Ordinary in THIS POST.
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