Surprising no-one, my veganism extends beyond my plate to my face (and not just as spaghetti sauce smeared across my cheek), so I’m kicking off a mini-series on the blog about cruelty free beauty with my vegan skincare routine!
This post is not sponsored, but it is essentially a love letter to Superdrug. All of their own-brand products are certified cruelty free, affordable, and are all labelled clearly and explicitly as suitable for vegans, when this applies. I owe them a lot of time that would have otherwise been spent puzzling over an ingredients list filled with 12-syllable words, looking for the ones which stood out as suspiciously and obscurely animal-related.
Please also note that these aren’t perfect products. They are cruelty free and vegan, but they all come in plastic containers. I’m not trying to say this is the absolute pinnacle of ethical beauty, I’m just letting you know which products feature in my skincare routine, and how much they’ll cost you (spoiler: not a lot). Let’s go!
My favourites from the ‘Simply Pure’ line:
Refreshing Toner (£2.99 for 200ml)
Micellar Water (£2.99 for 150ml)
I use the toner every morning to freshen up without stripping my skin of its natural oils (yum).
I use the micellar water to remove my makeup in the evening and gently cleanse. I don’t wear heavy makeup on my skin, so this does the job for me as well as removing my mascara and eyeliner. If you need a specific makeup remover for the eyes, there’s one in this range for, shockingly, £2.99.
‘Vitamin E’ range picks:
Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator (£2.99 for 100ml)
Hot Cloth Cleanser (£4.99 for 200ml)
I won’t eat oatmeal because, I’m sorry, it’s miserable – but I will smear it on my face. Each evening, I use the oatmeal exfoliator (a little goes a long way, and it’s gentle enough to use nightly), followed by the hot cloth cleanser, which comes with its own muslin cloth.
More from ‘Vitamin E’:
Night Cream (£2.99 for 100ml)
Leave on Moisture Mask (£2.99 for 100ml)
After cleaning my face, I moisturise using the vitamin E night cream. Once or twice a week, I use the leave-on moisture mask instead for more intense skin hydration.
I really struggle to find facial moisturisers that don’t make my skin feel either way too greasy, or leave me still feeling dry. Both of these work perfectly on my combination skin.
I’ll be back next month with my cruelty-free hair-care favourites. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for vegan content of the edible variety!
Before you leave, a moment of silence for our fallen friends.
The face masks I use have been discontinued, so I couldn’t include them in the list proper, but they do feature once a week in my skin care routine – I apply one every Sunday evening.
When it’s time to re-purchase, I’ll update this list with my new cruelty-free picks so I can include prices and, you know, not recommend to you an unavailable product…