This time of year tends to see my skin doing all kinds of weird and wonderful stuff. Last year brought a huge, painful psoriasis breakout (thanks, body), and since then I’ve been much more careful about the products I use on my skin. All of my products are cruelty-free and almost all that I use are now vegan. It’s taken a while to get to this point, but I feel like I’m really starting to settle down with the products I use regularly and repurchase, so I figured it was time to share some cruelty-free skincare favourites!
15 Cruelty-free Skincare Favourites
Laidbare DIY 2-in-1 Cleanser and Toner
I originally got this product from a Love Lula subscription box, but I’ve already repurchased it. It’s a super gentle cleansing gel that foams ever so slightly. It has minimal fragrance or other nasties in so it keeps my skin nice and calm and has the bonus of being two products in one.
I use this as a second cleanser after my cleansing oil during this time of year as my skin has a habit of getting a little too oily, and it works wonderfully. It gets rid of any makeup remnants, and really takes away any leftover gunk from the day.
Sukin Revitalising Facial Exfoliator
Honestly, I don’t exfoliate my face all that often but during summer when I’m using more heavy tanning products and SPF, my skin kind of needs it. This is a really gentle, lovely exfoliating that has just about the right amount of grit to it while also being super creamy so as not to dry out my skin.
I picked this up when I first started using cruelty-free skincare products. I use this usually before tanning or on super hot days when my skin just feels grim (there’s been a lot of that lately).
Dr Botanicals Cleanser and Toner
Dr Botanicals are a strong favourite of mine (I’ve written about their facial oil that I adore here) and this product is no exception. It’s a creamy cleanser/toner combination that leaves your skin feeling incredibly refreshed and moisturised, without being too oily. I like this one first thing in the morning as it feels a tad too heavy for the second cleansing of an evening, and it really sets my skin up well for the day. I’m straying away from wearing too much makeup of late so how I look after my skin has become incredibly important to me. This leaves the skin soft and supple, not stripped, and means I can get away with a super light moisturiser right after.
B. Cooling And Soothing Mask
Superdrug is the holy grail of cruelty-free skincare. This mask is another repurchase of mine as I use it so often. It’s a light, gel-like moisturising mask that you can use both morning and night. I like to use it in the morning as a quick moisture hit after cleansing and before my makeup, and also quite liberally of an evening of my skin feels like I need it.
PHB Ethical Beauty Eye Gel
I’ve been using this for a few months now and although I often skip eye products (I know, for shame), this has been one I really, really love. It’s a super cooling gel which is a great option in summer when my eyes are feeling puffy and gross. It has a very light scent of Neroli which is both fantastic for the skin and really uplifting. Recently I’ve found myself reaching for it first thing in the morning to wake up and just before bed to soothe tired eyes.
PHB Ethical Beauty Gentle Moisturiser
This is another sub box find but I am a huge fan. This moisturiser feels quite thick and heavy at first but melts in nicely to your skin. It’s scentless and light, which is great for more sensitive skin, and it’s a recommended product for those suffering from eczema and other dry skin conditions. I can vouch whenever I get little psoriasis patches I dab this on and it keeps them as calm as is manageable and doesn’t irritate.
I do stray from using this in the early morning as it’s quite an intense moisturiser and I do find my make up doesn’t quite sit right on top, but as a bedtime treat it’s a firm favourite.
Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask
Liam actually first bought me this for Christmas and it has been love ever since. I find some mud based mbasks can be a little too stripping on the skin and I don’t particularly enjoy that tingly feeling. This one, on the other hand, is absolutely lovely. It feels nourishing on the skin and doesn’t tighten up the way other masks do, and leaves your skin super soft and smooth. I’ve even caught Liam using it once or twice and he enjoys it too!
I love the size of the tub it comes in too as one tub is a good few applications.
Sukin Super Greens Mask
I’ll admit to being a mask addict, okay? It was so hard to choose which one she I wanted to include in this breakdown, but I find myself grabbing this one often too and if you know me, you’ll know I love Sukin. Similar to the Art Naturals mask, this is a super nourishing, light mud mask that helps clear the skin up and keeps it fresh without dragging all the moisture out of it too. The added greens are super refreshing and give it a very light scent which is a lovely addition.
Lush’s Grease Lightning
As much a fan I am of Lush, I’ve been branching out a bit recently so their products aren’t all I use now. Grease Lightning is one I always go back to though – it’s a really gentle, natural spot treatment containing witch hazel and aloe which soothes the area and calms spots down without drying them out the way some other spot treatments do. I’ve also found it helps a lot with ingrown hairs and other blemishes, so I find myself reaching for it for a bunch of different reasons.
Solait Overnight Tan Mask
I use a tonne of different tanning products and not all of them are a good fit for the face. During times when I’m using more gradual products, I like this as an option for my face as most are too heavy for my face (hello, oil slick). This is a lovely moisturising mask that I’ll use in place of my typical evening moisturising products as it’s quite rich and you don’t need anything else on top of it. It leaves a lovely light tan that’s not super orange and doesn’t clog pores or leave you oily or spotty. By morning all trace is gone! A fab addition to your cruelty-free skincare routine if you’re into tanning.
Balm Balm Rose Water Hydrosol
I’ve already talked about these Balm Balm Hydrosols before on the blog, but their rose water is a true saviour if you’re really suffering during the summer months. The heat is definitely trying me at the moment and this is such a refreshing product to carry around and refresh as you go. It’s super hydrating and calming on the skin, so if like me your skin goes a bit wild this time of year it’s an absolute essential. You can use it as both a makeup setting spray and as a toner, so it’s a handy product to have around whether you’re wearing makeup or not.
B. Antioxidant Boost Facial Oil
B. are a staple in my skincare cupboard (can you tell?). I’ve been having an off-again-on-again love affair with this oil for about a year now. It’s a lovely light oil that feels very moisturising without being too oily and sitting on your skin, and the price point is a sure bonus. I sort of chop and change this in with my Dr Botanicals Facial Oil – both work very similarly at two very different price tags – if you’re after a more budget option this one is for you.
Sukin Rosehip oil
Rosehip oil is a gorgeous addition to any cruelty-free skincare routine – I use this on its own sometimes as a booster for my skin and will occasionally mix it with some other oils to make up my cleansers etc. It’s another oil I’ve been going for since around the new year time now and have really noticed a difference in my skin. Rosehip is good for smoothing and helping to heal any scarring or blemishes, and although it feels heavy it soaks in super quick and doesn’t congest your skin.
B. Confident Day Cream
Although I’ve strayed to more natural, minimal products of late, this day cream deserves a mention as it’s generally just a lovely product. I’ve been using it for a year now for those days where my skin really just needs a bit of extra help – it’s quick enough to soak in that you can apply makeup over the top that doesn’t slip off. It’s an incredibly rich product that doesn’t feel sticky or too much on the skin. If you have dry skin this is a must have for you.
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
I don’t know what it is about misty toners like this that I love so much, but especially during summer, I adore it. I’ll use this as part of my skincare morning and night, and of late I literally keep it in the living room to spray whenever I feel like I’m getting too hot. I feel like it helps to cool down and calm my skin when it’s too hot/humid, and it’s generally been a lovely hydration boost whenever I know I need it.
What are some of your favourite cruelty-free skincare products?
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