It feels like an age since I seriously broke down my skincare routine – in fact it was probably this time last year before I went cruelty free, and the post was so shitty in quality that it doesn’t even exist anymore. I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently because I feel like I’ve really settled into a skincare routine of late.
I used to be the kind of person who would buy whatever was on offer or whatever I fancied when I was out shopping when it came to skincare – I was pretty clueless when it came to looking after my skin. I’m probably still just as clueless, but I do seem to have found a sort of routine that I now stick to (almost) religiously.
My skincare is different in mornings and on gym days, so I figured I’d make this a little 3 part series.
My Cruelty Free + Vegan Evening Skincare
Every evening when I’m ready to take my make up off I always start with The Body Shop’s Chamomile Eye Make Up Remover. I loved this stuff for a while before going cruelty free and took a break from it for a while until I could decide how I felt about parent companies, but this stuff is also vegan friendly and one of the few eye make up removers that doesn’t super irritate my eyes.
Next up I use Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (also vegan friendly) – I first saw this mentioned by Sarah from The V Nice Life and knew I had to try it. This cleanser is gorgeously creamy, smells super fruity and soothing and is so, so gentle on the skin. There’s few things in life more relaxing than chilling with a warm face cloth over your face for a few moments at the end of the day and this cleanser works wonderfully for just that.
Though the Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser is glorious I still like to do a second cleanse, and this wouldn’t be complete without my Magnitone. I’ve written about my Magnitone before here, but honestly didn’t realise what a valuable addition to my skincare it was until I lost my charger and went maybe a week without it. My skin quickly turned to a greasy, bitty mess. My Magnitone is perfect for everyday exfoliating, keeping my skin smooth and really deep cleaning tough areas around my nose and my chin, which tend to be stubborn.
I use my Magnitone in combination with my Tea Tree Facial Cleanser (Also vegan) from The Body Shop. This was another product I took a break from but it also does such a good job of clearing my skin, and I find it really also keeps those nasty, bumpy under the skin spots at bay too. It’s the perfect consistency to work with my Magnitone – foamy but not drying, and perfectly simple to rinse off.
There’s a few products I use interchangeably after this. If I feel like my face needs toning, I’ll crack out either The Body Shop’s Calming Aloe Toner (Vegan), or their Oils of Life Essence Lotion (Vegan) which they were kind enough to gift me in full size at their event (you can read about that here). The Aloe toner is lovely and cooling if my skin has had a bit of a rough day – sometimes it gets a bit stingy after the gym if I’ve really sweated it out and other times it just feels a little grumpy. The Oils of Life Essence lotion is a dual-phase toner which supposedly gives all the benefits of toning with the added benefit of moisturising too.
If I’m feeling like my skin is a little dull or in need of a pick me up, I’ll pop on some of the Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Fix (Vegan. Read about here). This stuff is a nice perk up for the skin in that it exfoliates and buffs the skin without any hard work or gritty exfoliants of any kind. Alternately if my skin feels tired or dry, the B. Overnight Radiance Mask (Vegan) is a gorgeously smoothing addition. You can read about that here, too.
Lastly on my list I use a lovely little combo from Superdrug’s Vitamin E range (both vegan) – the facial oil and the night cream. Sometimes I don’t feel that the oil is completely necessary and will go just for the cream, but I find the two together is a glorious little moisturising fix which smells absolutely gorgeous on the face. They sink in nice and quickly so I don’t feel that I’m pottering about with a face like an oil slick, and while they’re definitely kind of a heavy-handed duo they’re not so heavy that they break me out.
And that about sums it up!
I want to make a quick note about using products owned by parent companies. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to write a post about for a while now but I feel like I’m not quite wording it right at the moment. Hello Gemma has a fantastic post that about sums up my feelings on it here – and I’m still finding as many vegan options from these as possible (I’m not even sure why I ever thought there were no vegan options at The Body Shop but actually there are loads).
And also (God Bre, shut up already) thank you so much to the people who’ve still been visiting this little corner of the internet while I’ve been gone recently. I did have a post planned about why I’ve been gone, but for some reason my draft didn’t save and my laptop very dramatically restarted to install updates, so I lost it. I hope very much that I can get back on track posting here and maybe even including some stuff about my new found interest which happens to be shifting weights at the gym (who’d have thunk it?). If that’s maybe a thing you guys would be interested in let me know, I don’t know enough vegan-girl-lifting-bloggers.
Hope you guys are doing good!