The world (AKA the cosmetics industry) has wisened up to the fact that more and more of us are choosing to live a vegan – or at least a more conscious – lifestyle. Which means that more beauty brands and {skin care} products than ever before are vegan and cruelty-free!

{Vegan skin care} refers to products that do not come from animals, animal-derived products or animal by-products (such as collagen). For these skin care products to be truly vegan and cruelty free, they must also not be tested on animals. You can generally tell if a product is vegan and cruelty-free from the packaging – look out for a ‘V’ sign and a leaping bunny icon.

If you’ve recently (perhaps even just this minute!) realised that one of your all-time favourite products doesn’t tick all the boxes, or you’re simply curious about vegan skin care and want to introduce some cruelty-free products into your regime, then {Cult Concierge} expert {Syhem} has put together this skin care routine using vegan skin care brands and products (suitable for most skin types!) with you in mind.

Note: There are eight steps, but the eye cream and oil are optional and the SPF only needs to be applied as part of your AM routine.




 Start your skin care routine with {ALGENIST’s Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Melting Cleanser}. This luxurious vegan cleanser is naturally sourced and sustainably produced. Massage it into your skin and feel it transform from a gel to a silky oil to gently lift away all traces of impurities and make up. It combines both of Algenist’s signature ingredients – patented age-defying alguronic acid and nourishing microalgae oil – to replenish and smooth skin, leaving your complexion perfectly clean and superbly soft.


Time for that indulgent second cleanse, and one of our favourite vegan and cruelty-free face washes is the {Vegan Milk Moisturizing Cleanser} from Milk Makeup – a 100% cruelty free and vegan skin care brand. This luxe daily cleanser harnesses softening plant milks to gently eliminate grime without stripping your skin. Light and refreshing, the formula bolsters water retention, helping to plump your skin and keep things looking and feeling beautifully dewy.


Next up, it’s time to tone. Try {Biossance’s Squalane and Hyaluronic Toning Mist} – an award-winning formula that works to prep, set, tone, refresh and hydrate your skin. Made with plant-derived squalane and two – yes TWO – types of hyaluronic acid, this lightweight and fuss-free mist restores hydration to both the inner and outer layers of skin.

Top tip: This multitasking formula can be used in a variety of ways. Try it under or over your moisturiser to tone and boost hydration; to prep and set make up and give a dewy finish; to refresh skin and revive make up at any time of day; and even to cool the complexion after exercise!


You can never have too much of a good thing in our eyes, so let’s have another dose of hyaluronic acid with {Glow Recipe’s Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum}! This bouncy and lightweight serum with a heavenly plum scent is your go-to for plump and instantly-radiant skin. As well as our fave hydrating superhero ingredient, it’s also bursting with vegan collagen (that’s right, you don’t have to miss out on collagen) and silk protein, which help support the skin’s barrier and guard against free radicals. Tap it on and get set to glow!


For a vegan eye cream, turn to {SUMMER FRIDAYS’ Light Aura Vitamin C and Peptide Eye Cream}. Loaded with vitamin C and a peptide blend, this eye cream is like a shot of sun for your under-eye area. It brightens, it firms, it smooths, it hydrates, it moisturises and it depuffs – what more could you possibly ask for from an eye cream?!


Combining the mineral-rich thermal waters of Budapest with the potent antioxidants of plum oil, {Omorovicza’s Illuminating Moisturiser} brightens skin and diminishes the visibility of imperfections. This cruelty-free vegan moisturiser is light in texture but intensely hydrating, so it’s a godsend for those who don’t like heavy face creams but are desperately in need of a moisture boost.


If your skin is in need of a little extra TLC, then give it the extra attention it deserves with {Cultured Resilience Facial Oil}. This nutrient-dense yet lightweight formula is packed with fermented and activated oils to boost collagen and skin firmness, as well as prebiotics for a harmonious microbiome. Your skin will be back up to its former resilient glory in no time.


The essential final step in every morning skin care routine: SPF. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while adding a slightly shimmery and deliciously dewy finish with {Ultra Violette’s Queen Screen Lightweight Skinscreen SPF50+}. Apply this lightweight vegan SPF every morning for bouncy skin that’s shielded against infrared, visible and blue light.



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