The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Cruelty-Free Spring Skincare
Living that vegan life can be challenging enough without factoring in the shake up your skincare routine requires every three months. Not only do vegans have to consider what they'll ditch in favour of season-appropriate alternatives (heavy creams: out; silky lotions: in), they've also got to pore over ingredient lists to ensure what they sub in is cruelty-free. While there's no denying there's never been a better time to be into vegan beauty, giving your skin regimen a spring makeover still requires trial and error. And that's where we come in. This season, it's all about boosting moisture via potent ingredients whilst keeping textures light. Look for hyaluronic acid, non-greasy oils and shine-fighting masks to keep your complexion fresh and smooth. If you're on the hunt for a few new items to take you into the sunny season, consider the list that follows an edit of must-try products. Each is efficacious, doesn't contain animal ingredients, and was not tested on bunnies. That's a win-win-win in our books.
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Mun No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner ($97)
Formulated with Bulgarian rose oil and rosewater, this hydrating (and completely natural) toner smells like a posie of the real thing. Rich in botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid, it transforms skin into a fresher, glowier version of its former self.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion ($87)
This vegan moisturiser is entirely oil-free (perfect for breakout-prone types), and utilises hyaluronic acid to draw moisture into the skin and keep it there. The gel-cream texture is refreshing, and makes it a winner for hot, sticky days in particular.
Josie Maran Cosmetics 100% Pure Argan Oil Light ($72)
Despite the emphasis on oil-free products leading into spring, not all oils are created equal. (And not all oils are bad for all skin types.) Depending on yours you may find adding an oil to your routine regulates sebum production. A lightweight argan oil is ideal for the warmer months as it delivers reparative fatty acids without overloading the skin.
Skyn Iceland Fresh Start Mask ($58)
Like the "mad scientist" vibe of DIY beauty but keen to see pro results? This dual-phase mask is the best of both worlds. To use, apply the first formula (blue clay and mud), then layer the second (an AHA gel) on top. Together, they create a warm cleansing foam that polishes away impurities.
Osea Blemish Balm ($70)
Handy to have on standby for those inevitable hot weather breakouts, this feather-light calming lotion is a godsend. I'ts made with a blend of antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory botanical and marine extracts to put spots in their place without zapping the life out of your skin.