- Vegan Beauty Routine
An Entirely Vegan Beauty Routine
We’re currently in an environmental crisis and we’re all sitting here thinking, how do we help? We’ve already started to take cotton net bags to the fruit and veg stalls, we no longer say yes to plastic cutlery and we certainly don’t say yes to plastic straws. But how can we go further? Well, it’s funny you ask, because we’ve been posing the very same question here at Cosmetify HQ, and our answer? Vegan beauty.
Though vegan beauty isn’t the remedy for climate change, it’s certainly a step in the right direction. By completely eradicating the use of animal by-products in our skin care, we’re reducing the need to mass produce cattle and, in turn, lessening the burden this has on the environment. Are you still with me? Good.
In one of our recent surveys, we discovered that over half of British women are buying vegan beauty – even though only a third of them are actually vegan. Interesting, right? But we get it. Making the vegan switch isn’t easy when it comes to food (trust us, we’ve tried) but with beauty, it’s a piece of cake. One, you won’t actually have to cut anything out that you’d miss, like chocolate. Two, vegan beauty is now just as accessible as regular beauty. And three, we’re about to show you an entirely vegan beauty routine, plus direct links to some awesome vegan beauty products, including vegan skin care and vegan makeup. Oh, we spoil you.
THE BEST VEGAN CLEANSER
Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream£16.15 £17.00 (5% off)
THE BEST VEGAN EXFOLIATOR
Elemis Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator£22.61 £28.00 (20% off)
This superfood cleanser utilises fruit and seed extracts – all of which are sustainably sourced (bonus points) – to effectively exfoliate your skin, slough away dead cells and reveal a brighter complexion. It’s also jam-packed with prebiotics for skin health and glycerin for ultimate hydration.
THE BEST VEGAN TONER
Medik8 Press & Glow Tonic£17.25 £23.00 (25% off)
Get your glow on with this renowned PHA toner that uses gluconolactone to shed dead cells and hydrate your skin, prickly pear extract to increase cell renewal for a youthful luminosity and aloe vera to soothe inflammation. Not only is Medik8 an entirely vegan brand, but they are also cruelty-free and have Green Cosmeceutical status for using certain technologies that are kinder to the planet.
THE BEST VEGAN SERUM
Trilogy Nutrient Plus Firming Serum£30.22
Trilogy Nutrient Plus Firming Serum is a potent product that’s going to transform your skin. It’s a whole lot of goodness in a bottle, with a blend of hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and antioxidants that get to work on naturally strengthening, repairing and brightening your visage.
THE BEST VEGAN MOISTURISER
Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream£13.35 £17.00 (22% off)
It's always exciting when you find a brand with ethics you love as much as their products. Dermalogica is one such brand, offering dermatologically tested, PETA and Leaping Bunny recognised cruelty-free products. One of our favourites? It hurt us just to pick one, but this moisturiser is the perfect choice for restoring super dry skin on a cellular level to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidants in this cream will also prevent damage from free radicals, reduce blemishes and spots and gives you super supple skin.
THE BEST VEGAN EYE CREAM
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream£29.42 £32.70 (11% off)
In true New Zealand fashion, Antipodes is a brand that’s ‘at one’ with nature. They harness the power of fruit, veg and seed oils, which provide unbeatable nutrition for your skin, all while limiting Antipodes’ impact on the environment. With kiwi, avocado and grape, this eye cream rescues and rejuvenates tired, ageing eyes.
THE BEST VEGAN TOOTHPASTE
Spotlight Toothpaste For Sensitive Teeth£5.27 £7.95 (34% off)
Yippee! A toothpaste that’s as good for you as it is for the animals and environment. Bestselling oral care brand Spotlight is entirely vegan and cruelty free, so make sure to check out their other products here. We love this particular toothpaste because it's suitable for anyone with cavities or sensitive teeth, desensitising any hypersensitivity you might have while also protecting from future cavities. The tube is also 100% recyclable!
THE BEST VEGAN BODY WASH
Nuxe Body Reve De The Revitalising Shower Gel£11.11
Vegan doesn't always mean natural, and natural doesn't always mean more effective - but we love when all three intersect. This shower gel from Nuxe has 95% natural ingredients, using a botanical cleansing base and green tea extract to delicately cleanse your skin with a fine and fragrant foam. Read more about the benefits of green tea in our handy guide.
THE BEST VEGAN BODY SCRUB
REN Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Body Scrub£16.20
A plain old body scrub can still do a lot for your skin, encouraging natural cell renewal through exfoliation, but we want our products to work harder! Go with this scrub from Ren to gently polish your skin and replenish it with the essential minerals in Atlantic kelp extract and microalgae oil. It also contains Ren's exclusive Anti-Fatigue Essential Oils blend to melt away stress from both body and mind.
THE BEST VEGAN BODY MOISTURISER
Formula 10.0.6 Tip To Toe Moisturising Body Lotion£7.12 £7.49 (5% off)
With a gorgeous fig and mandarin scent, shea butter for ultimate hydration, and an inexpensive price tag, this vegan body lotion from family-owned brand Formula 10.0.6 is the ideal choice for all skin types. We love that all their products are created by an in-house chemist and tested by the family themselves, as well as their commitment to simple formulas 'that don't cost the Earth'.
THE BEST VEGAN FOUNDATION
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation£26.28 £33.00 (21% off)
A natural-looking flawless finish that is super long-lasting? Sign us up! Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation applies seamlessly, depositing lightweight, buildable colour that's full of vitamins to help your skin glow.
THE BEST VEGAN BLUSHER
L.A. Girl Soft Matte Cream Blush£8.72 £9.69 (11% off)
A brand definitely doesn't have to look all leafy and greenwashed to be vegan, and it also doesn't have to be expensive. L.A. Girl has plenty of affordable and high quality makeup products to help you look your best. We love their buildable cream blush with added jojoba seed oil and vitamin E for extra hydration, which comes in tons of gorgeous shades to experiment with.
THE BEST VEGAN BRONZER
Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer Broad Spectrum SPF 15£28.50 £30.00 (5% off)
Your skin will thank us for this recommendation! A serum-y liquid bronzer with SPF 15 and vitamin C, this buildable formula from Perricone MD both gives your skin an immediate sun-kissed glow with its universally-flattering shade and gradually brightens your skin tone. It's also mixable with any moisturiser or other product to tweak the shade.
THE BEST VEGAN BROW PENCIL
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz£14.59 £23.00 (37% off)
When it comes to wax formulas, beeswax or similar animal by-products are typically used. But not with Brow Wiz. It’s a vegan formula, made from soybean oil and palm wax, which will completely transform your eyebrow game. Shape and define with the pencil before blending out your brows with the spoolie for a natural-looking finish.
THE BEST VEGAN MASCARA
Stila Stay All Day Mascara£15.93 £24.00 (34% off)
Mascaras have the same problem with beeswax that brow products do, but this one from 100% cruelty-free brand Stila uses nourishing candellila wax, carnauba wax and synthetic beeswax to keep your lashes silky soft while lifting your lashes and boosting volume in seconds. It's also water-resistant and non-clumping.
THE BEST VEGAN HIGHLIGHTER
ICONIC London Illuminator Drops£31.86 £32.00 (1% off)
Choose one of the pearlescent shades of ICONIC London's concentrated liquid highlighter and mix into foundation, primer or moisturiser for a soft-focus shimmer, or directly onto the high points of your face for a more intense glow. Loved by beauty editors, influencers and celebrities, this is an Instagram favourite that blends seamlessly into your skin for a flawless shine.
THE BEST VEGAN LIPSTICK
Sculpted by Aimee Connolly HydraLip£13.50 £15.00 (10% off)
Sculpted by Aimee Connolly have a wide range of vegan-friendly products, and we love their sheer lippy, which hydrates with hyaluronic acid and jojoba seed oil and protects with SPF 25. If you're not into matte lipsticks or super shiny glosses, then this delicate wash of colour and infusion of moisture is just what you need!.
Told you creating an all-vegan beauty routine it was a piece of cake – vegan cake, of course.
Want to delve further into the world of conscious, clean and vegan beauty? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty and our Top 20 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands, and discover Why the Bar of Soap is Making a Comeback (Hint: One of the reasons has to do with the environment!).
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.