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If you’re already giving up chicken nuggets, sirloin steak and chocolate for Veganuary, we salute you. But, while we understand it’s easy to get swept up in a world full of quinoa salads and mushroom burgers, don’t forget that Veganuary doesn’t just stop at your diet.
You may or may not be aware that most of your beloved cosmetics brands have products containing animal by-products. Luckily, there are still plenty of completely vegan brands out there that are going to be your beauty saviours this month. We’ve selected the best vegan beauty products – covering skin, hair, body and makeup – to keep you on track this January, so you can still look your best as you tuck into that tofu.
Best vegan skincare products
Switching your staple skin care products to vegan formulas doesn't mean that you have to compromise on quality. In fact, this cleansing balm from skin care giant REN works overtime to ensure that your complexion is left squeaky clean and healthy.
The rose-infused balm melts into a luxurious creamy milk when applied with water, which then removes dirt, oil and stubborn makeup, including waterproof mascara, leaving you fresh-faced.
Just because you’re cutting out the animal by-products doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the luxury. The INKEY List Rosehip Oil is every bit as gorgeous as you’d expect. A wonderful blend of rosehip fruit and seed oils works deep into the skin to restore balance and texture. Renowned for its antioxidants and skin-healing properties, this vegan bottle of wonder is all you need to bring back your glow.
Didn't think a vegan formula could supply you with filter-like skin? Think again, as the Skin Tune Blur from Farsali does just that.
Working as a real-time photographic filter, this unique primer serum lightly 'blurs' pores, fine lines and imperfections leaving you with skin that's smooth, radiant and youthful. Whether you choose to use it as a makeup primer or a soft-focus serum, there'll be no need to Facetune your Insta pics ever again.
All of Summer Friday's formulas are proud to be 100% vegan, cruelty-free and clean, so you can rest assured that you're only putting the best of the best on your face.
The Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream is the staple product from their range as it packs the ability to hydrate and nourish dry skin. Packed with antioxidants, ceramides, minerals and hydrators, it's your fast pass to a cushiony, comfortable complexion.
Whether it's redness, dryness, blemishes or irritation, this vegan facial oil is a saving grace for stressed-out skin.
Everything from shiitake mushroom and ashwagandha root to hemp seed oil, borage seed oil, squalane , vitamin E and more is packed into this formula in order to soothe, calm and clear your skin. As the oil fights against environmental stressors, like UV rays and lack of sleep, you can rest assured that your complexion is always full of life and luminosity.
Best vegan makeup products
The first step you can take to revolutionising your makeup routine, vegan style, is to ditch the makeup wipes. You may have already seen and heard about Face Halo (thank you social media), but they really are a brand to watch. Their iconic Makeup Remover Pads are a must-have if you want to successfully remove all traces of makeup without harming your skin, the environment and the animals.
The Christmas diet and all that partying can leave your skin looking a little lacklustre. Thankfully, the Hourglass Skin Tint infuses your complexion with pearlescent pigments to recover and enhance your natural luminosity. The vegan formula also contains hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout winter. Now that’s something we can get on board with.
Who would have thought that one of the world's best-selling, most iconic mascara is actually vegan? That's right ladies and gents, you can still indulge in holy grail products this Veganuary (and beyond), including the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.
Just one sweep of this magic wand is enough to lift, curl, lengthen and darken your lashes.
Another cult-classic that's vegan? We love to see it. While not all of the products made by Anastasia Beverly Hills are vegan, some of your makeup favourites are, such as the Dipbrow Pomade.
If you're looking to boost your brow game this Veganuary, then this pomade is a great option. It defines, thickens and accentuates your natural brows, leaving you with arches even Cara Delevingne would envy.
A makeup look isn't complete without a lashing of lippy, and we've got the perfect vegan formula for you.
The Matte Velvetine from Lime Crime is an award-winning liquid lipstick and a favourite among beauty gurus and editors. It applies like a gloss but dries down to a budge-proof, smudge-proof and kiss-proof matte finish. Arriving in every colour of the rainbow, there's a lipstick here to suit every mood, personality and style.
Best vegan hair products
You didn’t think you could do Veganuary without switching up your shampoo, did you? This Pureology formula is as good for your hair as it is for the animals. It’s a true cure for dead ends and flyaways with its gentle Asta-Repair technology putting the strength and vibrancy back into your strands.
It's one of the most sought-after hair care products and.. it's vegan! That means you don't ever have to worry about missing out on the good stuff.
The Olalpex No.3 Hair Perfector is loved for its ability to repair split and scraggly ends, restore colour vibrancy and strengthen strands. It's a tiny bottle but it packs a punch, so with regular use you'll be rocking long, strong locks in no time at all.
Dizziak is one of the newer hair care brands to pop up on our radar, and we couldn't be more thankful. Their cruelty-free and vegan-friendly formulas are specially designed for those with afro hair types, as they give curls the deep condition they deserve. Harsh chemicals are swapped for naturally nourishing ingredients, meaning locks are left soft, bouncy and hydrated.
Veganuary is about making better changes, and that also includes taking the time for self-care. Combine the two and indulge in this hair mask from Amika. Brimming with good-for-you ingredients, including jojoba seed oil and vitamin C, it strengthens, hydrates and moisturises damaged hair from root to tip.
Looking to switch up your look in the New Year? We heard pastels are in. Before you get slap-happy with the hair colour though, you're going to want to take a look at the ingredients list for that all-important vegan-friendly tick.
Having already done the research, we know that BLEACH London supplies a tonne of vegan-certified colours, (we reviewed BLEACH London’s Awkward Peach) so why not make them your starting point.
Best vegan body products
Chocolate may be off the cards but you can still treat yourself throughout January. Give your body the gift of a glow with this wonderful vegan salt scrub. Made using mineral-rich salts, the scrub gently sloughs away dead skin before infusing it with the moisturising goodness of Tahitian monoi oil and frangipani flowers. Your skin will be well-nourished and you'll be glowing from head to toe.
Fed up with the cold, winter months? Want to kickstart the year looking and feeling radiant? Need to find a vegan self-tanner, ASAP? Allow us to introduce you to the Bali Body Bronzing Lotion. Boasting an all vegan, cruelty-free formula, this is your one-stop-shop to sun-kissed skin. As well as tinting skin with a gorgeous golden hue, the lotion hydrates and nourishes skin for a flawless finish.
If you are lucky enough to be soaking up some sun, it's important that you protect your skin with a sunscreen. There are many vegan SPFs out there on the market now, including formulas that are also ocean and reef-friendly, but our all-time favourite is from Mimitika. Its formula is lightweight, non-greasy and quick-absorbing, plus the bottle is 100% shelfie-worthy. What more could you want?
The sugars from your diet may be banned, but this buffing exfoliator from Coco & Eve will sure make up for the loss. Bursting with the healing power of Bali's raw plants and materials, this scrub sloughs away dead skin cells in order to reveal silky-soft skin and minimise the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. Completely vegan, of course, it's a must-have for your bath-time routine.
It's vegan luxury at its finest. Get ready to feel your softest, smoothest and silkiest skin yet, as the ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Body Oil provides an unmatched level of hydration.
If your post-Christmas complexion is in need of a pick-me-up, this is the oil for the job. Brimming with ultra-hydrating ingredients, such as frangipani, monoi and coconut oil, the formula leaves skin noticeably radiant and healthier.
Best vegan grooming products for men
You’ve changed your diet, why not change your Eau de Toilette as well? This invigorating fragrance embraces the nature-inspired vegan lifestyle, evoking a floral, musky aroma reminiscent of the great outdoors. Hints of bergamot, sandalwood and orange flower add a fresh scent that simultaneously soothes your mind and uplifts your mood.
Veganuary is all about staying strong against the odds, so you may as well get a hair gel that embodies your willpower. Mitch Steady Grip is perfect for maintaining a firm hold throughout the day while still keeping that natural look. Not only is the formula free of animal by-products, it’s also free from alcohol – an extra bonus for those brave enough to give dry January a go as well.
Many vegan foods are really good for your skin. Avocados, walnuts and sweet potatoes, to name a few, are known to produce a clear complexion and create a silky-soft touch. Add a nourishing facial oil to your repertoire and you’ll bask in a healthy glow for months on end, even if you ditch the vegan diet.
If you’re worried about your strength without the protein that comes from meat-filled meals, it’s understandable to have the same fears for your hair. Aveda Men Pure-Formance Conditioner is purposely designed to breathe life into your locks, working to repair hair and add moisture. Even after the month ends, you can continue to enjoy the benefits of this volumising shampoo.
You may not be trimming the turkey anymore, but it’s still important to keep on top of trimming your facial hair. This soothing shave gel's enriching formula is infused with a healthy blend of plant actives, including aloe vera, grapefruit oil, mandarin oil and seaweed, leaving your skin feeling super smooth. After a crisp shave, make sure you have this lotion in your arsenal to cool your skin and keep you looking and feeling fresh.
When it comes to the best vegan beauty products on the market, we’ve pretty much got you covered. Not only are they super ethical but they’re pretty damn Instagrammable too #Veganuary. Want to keep up the trend after January? Discover our Top 10 Cruelty-free Makeup Brands.
Written by Hannah Liddle
Hannah has worked as a writer for over four years and knows beauty, skincare and makeup like the back of her hand.
Written by Carly Cochrane
As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing.