For the last few years I have been working hard to ensure that I have a cruelty-free skincare routine and today I’ll share my favourite products with you.
Let’s be real, there are millions of skincare products out there, all promising instant results to reduce wrinkles, eradicate blemishes and give us glowy skin and they all have amazing advertising campaigns to draw us in. Have you ever stopped to think about the impact your skincare products could be having on animals? Unfortunately lots of companies still test their products on animals before they hit the shelf. Today I’m here to help you pick through this minefield and suggest to you my favourite cruelty-free products.
My cruelty-free skincare routine
Products marked with a * were kindly gifted to me by brands but I am under no obligation to post about them and as always all opinions are my own.
At this point it’s worth mentioning that I have dry skin, prone to eczema-like patches and I occasionally get a few blemishes. If you have a different skin type these products might not be for you, but consider the brands as good options.
I like to start my skincare routine with cleanser both morning and night. I have two chosen cleansers that seem to suit my skin
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is such a gentle cream cleanser which has been one of my “can’t live without” products for years! It seems to suit my skin really well, it smells divine and it works well in a morning or in the evening to remove makeup- even tough eye makeup. Of course it is leaping bunny approved and uses very natural ingredients.
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash* is a gel textured cleanser which does foam up so I find this one great in the morning. I sometimes combine my two cleansers and if my skin is feeling more dry than usual then I use the Liz Earle. I have recently had a really bad bout of blemishes and I think this product has really helped to clear clogged pores!
After cleansing my skin and removing any dirt or makeup I like to follow up with a toner. This helps to close up any open pores. I have been trying The Body Shop Aloe Toner which is super gentle and soothing on the skin.
I have also been using the Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Mist* as a toner, I spritz this all over my face and let it sink in. The Hyaluronic acid really helps me get the extra moisture that my dry skin needs. You can use this product throughout the day as a refreshing spray over makeup. Personally I prefer it as a pre-makeup step.
Serum is a new skincare step for me. I won’t lie I kind of thought it was a bit of a gimmick. Initially I found it confusing, “what’s the difference between a serum and an oil?” I found myself wondering as I wandered the aisles of Boots. Since then, I’ve seen the light. I now understand that this a skincare step that actual grownups take the time to incorporate into their routine. That it can in fact have wonderful effects on your skin and stop you from looking like a scaly lizard.
I have been using the Balance Me Tri-Molecular Hyaluronic Serum, a couple of drops each morning and evening and it has really helped to make my skin feel softer! Since writing this post I have finished my bottle and will be purchasing another one!
I think for most people, even if they care very little about their skin they at least moisturise! This is the product I am the most fickle with and I have tried a lot over the years. At the moment I have two that I am am really enjoying using.
Temple Spa Peace Be Still is a gorgeous hydrating moisturiser which makes you feel like you’re in a spa. It’s actually more like a balm and you could use it all over the body. My skin absolutely loves this stuff, it drinks it up and it also acts as a great primer for foundation if i’m wearing makeup.
PSA: The Balance Me Collagen Boost Moisturiser* smells to me like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange (to me anyway)! Of all the Balance Me products that I was gifted, I think this is my favourite. It simultaneously feels lightweight but hydrating. It doesn’t feel greasy and it comes in a handy pump so it’s not messy. At this point it’s worth mentioning that all of these Balance Me products are cruelty-free and Vegan, which is actually harder to find than you think!
If you want more information on what the difference between the two is see my Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Organic, what does it all mean? blog post!
Cruelty-free Face Mask
As my skin is dry, it can sometimes look quite dull. I like to use a brightening mask to help give my skin a bit more radiance. My favourite at the moment is the Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask. You apply it after cleansing for around a minute and then wipe off again. My skin always looks more “awake” after I’ve used this so I like to apply it a couple of times a week.
Cruelty-free Face Oil
As I mentioned my skin can be as a dry as a bone so I like to get some hydration where I can. Face oils are great as your body absorbs them well. Natural oils are a similar make up to our skin’s sebum so therefore it absorbs them more easily. I have a few oils that I like to alternate between and I apply them around 3-4 nights a week.
Nathalie Bond Unwind Face Oil is great for an evening where you want to relax or you’re really tired. Nathalie Bond products are made locally in Sheffield and are available online. They are all oil based products so are great for absorption. The oils come in a few different scents, my favourite being the Unwind, Lavender scent. If I’m dehydrated, a couple of drops of this really helps my skin.
The most recent oil to join my growing collection is the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil* this is designed to help your skin glow. I like a glowy look and my skin is dry so I will lap up any product with the word radiance in it. I use this a couple of times a week after applying the rest of my skincare!Do you use any of the products mentioned above? Do you have any suggestions? Leave me a comment below!
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