Vegan beauty top 10: our pick of the best vegan, cruelty-free skincare products

vegan skincare

Animal products are often hard to spot in ingredients lists. Take squalene, for example. It can be sourced from plants or sharks, but brands don’t have to specify which type they’re using. The same goes for lots of other skincare ingredients that have both animal and vegan sources, such as hyaluronic acid and collagen.








At BigGreenSmile, it’s easy to shop for skincare that aligns to your ethics. On the left hand side of every category page, you’ll find a drop down box for criteria. Just select ‘vegan’ to filter your choices. To get you started, here’s 10 of our favourite vegan skincare products.



Konjac Facial Puffs

Made from 100% vegetable fibres, these cleansing sponges have been enriched with minerals and anti-oxidants. They can be used with or without a cream cleanser and do a great job at shifting makeup.



Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm

This multi-purpose balm is made from 100% pure plant oils. It helps to hydrate and repair skin and can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser and treatment for dry patches. One customer told us, “I love love love this product! I can’t say enough good things about it. I have always had problematic skin, from acne to sensitivity, rashes, combination skin and this has been a lifesaver!”



Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream

Cocoa and shea butters, jojoba oil, aloe vera and other natural ingredients make this cream a real workhorse. It helps to soften, smooth, hydrate and revitalise skin. The lavender scent also promotes a restful night’s sleep.



Green People Day Solution Cream SPF15

This gentle moisturiser is suitable for all skin types, even those prone to eczema. The cream is super hydrating, has a subtle, pleasant fragrance and includes SPF 15. 



A’kin Invigorating Facial Scrub

Reveal brighter, softer skin with this daily exfoliator. Jojoba and Corn beads gently clear away dead skin 



Nourish Radiance Refreshing Toning Mist

Freshen and brighten skin with this ‘spray-and-go’ toning mist. It’s perfect for giving your skin a hydrating boost when it’s feeling tight, dry or parched.



Weleda Pomegranate Firming Serum

A non-sticky, easily absorbed serum, this helps to hydrate and firm skin, while improving elasticity. Dermatological tests showed a 29% reduction in wrinkles and 39% increase in moisture levels after one month’s use.



Lavera Firming Eye Cream

This gentle cream moisturises and protects the delicate skin around your eyes. Ingredients include vegan-sourced hyaluronic acid, squalene, karanja oil and white tea. A reviewer reported, “Have only been using for a short while but rate it as excellent. Would definitely recommend.”



Antipodes HALO Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask

Mineral-rich volcanic mud is the key ingredient in Antipodes’ face mask. Other ingredients include avocado oil, grape, kiwi extract and peony petal. Together, they help to detoxify, brighten and freshen skin, while tackling uneven pigmentation.



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