• Sophia-Joelle Oswald

The Ultimate Vegan Skincare Guide (Products, Practices, and More!)

Your skin is the biggest organ you have and it’s there to protect you from things like bacteria and pathogens. On a more cosmetic level, your skin is one of the first things people notice when you meet. It makes perfect sense that taking good care of it is important.

For most people, keeping up with a routine will determine the health of their skin, not just in the present but for years to come. Of course, there are some people who struggle with such severe acne that they seek professional help. They need to keep up with a routine as well; it just might look a bit different.

Figuring out what skin type you have and choosing products accordingly is important. Not all routines work well for everyone. Skin types range from person to person so just because a friend swears by a product doesn’t mean it is going to work for you. If you are unsure of items you can always introduce them slowly to see how your skin reacts.

Remember that your skin needs time to respond to the products you use. There is nothing that will completely change your skin overnight. That is why developing a routine and sticking to it is so important. After a while, your skin will have had time to heal and clear up and you will be incredibly happy with the results.

Why vegan?

You don’t need to live a fully vegan lifestyle to use vegan beauty products. Vegan skincare brands can be a great switch for anyone. Not only will you know you aren’t contributing to the harm of animals in that department but it is more likely that you will be fueling your skin with clean ingredients.

Animal testing is still a common practice that upsets many people. If you’re one of them then vote with your dollar. Many companies are switching practices to please consumers like you.

Most products state if they are vegan on the bottle or on the company website. This list is handy if you are curious about what specific ingredients to look out for. Thankfully we have found a way to produce many ingredients that aren’t normally vegan in less harmful ways.

Let’s talk about routines!

Your morning and night routine are going to look a bit different. When you wake up you will want to remove products from the night before as well as prepare your skin for what it will face throughout the day. After conquering the day you need to remove any dirt or pollution you have come in contact with and add whatever serums you like before going to bed.

A typical routine starts with a cleanser to remove dirt and other irritants, then a toner. Some people don’t know about toner or think it’s a bit too extra, but this is a great thing to add to correct and balance your skin. Next, apply any serums you want to use. I choose to only apply serums before I go to bed. The final step is moisturizer.

When applying multiple products give each one time to absorb into your skin. Some professionals recommend waiting three minutes between each product.

Face masks don’t need to be used every day but they can be a great thing to add when you want to do a little something extra for your skin! Applying sunscreen or some sort of SPF product is also a good practice, not just in the summer.

Keeping in mind that not every product works for each individual, here are some noteworthy options!

Face Wash/Cleanser

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

This cleanser is powerful enough to remove water-resistant products from the skin. It contains antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and oils that are nourishing, making it a great option for those with dry skin.

Osea Ocean Cleanser

Using seaweed and other plant-based ingredients, this cleanser hydrates, energizes, and exfoliates the skin. This product is also sustainably made in the USA.

Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil is great as it washes away dirt and makeup residue while also moisturizing the skin. Some of the natural ingredients even help prevent signs of aging.


e.l.f. Holy Hydration Face Cream

e.l.f. is one of the most reasonably priced brands you’ll find. This moisturizer works to brighten and even out skin tone while moisturizing the skin.

Pacifica Beauty Dreamy Youth

This light moisturizer is great for both day and night routines. It doesn’t clog the pores or leave your skin greasy.

Shea butter and coconut oil can be great moisturizers as well!


Pixi Glow Tonic

This toner exfoliates and purifies the skin using Glycolic Acid. Other ingredients work to refine pores as well as energize, hydrate, and brighten the skin. Pixi Glow Tonic is suitable for all skin types.

Derma E Hydrating Mist

This is a nice product to use during the day to freshen up your skin. The rosewater restores moisture levels as well as tones the skin and the hyaluronic acid provides moisture as well.


Derma E Acne Control Treatment Serum

This product helps to decrease blemishes. It helps prevent future breakouts when used regularly. It can be applied multiple times each day.

Herbivore Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil

This product does exactly what it sounds like. It provides skin with a moisturizing glow while fueling it with only natural ingredients.

Vitamin C Serum

Adding a serum or brightener that contains vitamin C helps promote collagen production and is a key addition if you want to reduce fine lines and look youthful.


e.l.f. charcoal hydrogel under eye masks

These plump, soothe, and detox the skin under your eyes and brighten them up. They are infused with some wonderful extracts that nourish the skin.

Korres Pomegranate Triple-Dose Resurfacing Mask

This is a natural mask with three exfoliators designed to gently lift dead cells. The process smooths the skin and minimizes the appearance of pores.

Other Great Items

Reusable Facial Rounds

Ditch those single use cotton balls and check these out!

Facial Steamer

I purchased this steamer myself and it has been pretty great so far. I have enjoyed adding this to my routine not only for the benefits of steaming but also because it forces me to slow down and sit for about 20 minutes every few days. You can turn on some soothing music or listen to a book and take some time for yourself.

Other practices that help care for your skin

One of the biggest things in properly taking care of your skin involves fueling your body in clean ways. This means drinking plenty of water, eating loads of greens, and avoiding junk food as much as possible. Dairy has been proven to cause acne in many cases so consider limiting your intake if you struggle with these issues.

It can be tempting but don’t pop your pimples. Let them heal on their own. Avoid touching your face as much as possible, including with your phone unless you wipe it off regularly. Also, keep any brushes you use on your face clean.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen! Protecting your skin from UV light and the light from your screens is vital in avoiding wrinkles, spots, and other signs of aging. Do a little research to find one with ingredients that suit your needs.

Make sure you are getting enough sleep (on clean sheets!) and that your body is well-rested.

You only get one body so take care of it. Be as extra as you want.

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