Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.
People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.
There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.
My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!
Best Vegan Skincare Brands
All the listed brands below are cruelty-free, which means the don’t test on animals (in any part of the world!). The following listed brands are vegan-friendly, meaning they offer products that don’t contain any animal ingredients, but I’ve made a note if their entire offering is 100% vegan or not. Some of the best vegan skincare brands are accidentally vegan. They didn’t necessarily create their products with veganism in mind but it just so happens that’s how the majority of their products have turned out. If you’re vegan, keep this in mind when choosing products to try as their entire range may not be vegan.
Deciem’s low-cost skincare line has been making waves globally for making clinical skincare simple and accessible to the masses. Their motto of “clinical formulations with integrity” is brought to life with their single and low-count ingredient formulations, which allows us to create a specific skin regimen just for our own needs. It’s single handedly simplifying and empowering consumers to understand their skincare.
The Ordinary is currently 100% vegan, and they make the vegan status clearly visible on the The Ordinary website product descriptions.
Product to try: If you like your glycolic acid extra spicy, you’ll love Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.
Another of Deciem’s incredible skincare ranges is NIOD. Consider them the polar opposite of The Ordinary in regards to simplicity. The NIOD skincare range is concise and, well, frankly it’s a little difficult to get your head around at first. Their motto of “Skincare for the Hyper-educated” takes more effort to understand than some of Deciem’s other ranges, but the good news is Deciem have a team of staff to help you (whether online or in one of the Deciem stores). These are highly effective, potent formulations focusing on improving and maintaining skin health for the long haul.
NIOD currently have one non-vegan product, the Mastic Must. NIOD’s vegan status is clearly visible on the NIOD website product descriptions.
Product to try: NIOD’s hero product Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% (aka CAIS).
The last of Deciem’s skincare brands that I have to mention is Hylamide. I consider Hylamide to be the middle ground between The Ordinary and Niod. The Hylamide focus is on next-gen actives with a multi-depth delivery system. Anti-aging is the primary focus of the range and is addressed by products in three categories – Core, Booster and and Finisher series’.
Hylamide is currently 100% vegan, and they make the vegan status clearly visible on the Hylamide website product descriptions.
Product to try: The next level hyaluronic serum Sub Q Anti Age.
When it comes to cosmetic enhancement and plastic surgery you need to be using skincare that will work with your skin in a compromised state. Advanced healing, cell renewal and gentle care are the primary concerns when choosing a skincare for a pre and post-op skincare regimen. Cosmedix is one of my favourites for this purpose. They’ve formulated gentle but effective skincare by scientifically improving and propelling botanical-based ingredients. They offer a full-service skincare range to address every concern but I recommend following your cosmetic nurse or doctors advice and use what they prescribe.
Cosmedix is currently 100% vegan.
Product to try: Dry skin’s best friend, Rescue+ Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask.
I’m a big fan of sheet masks. Big. Huge. I’ve tried heaps of face masks over the years but something changed when I tried the Skyn Iceland face masks. Skyn Iceland have harnessed the magical powers of Icelandic natural resources and made that accessible to the world. They offer a full service skincare range that primarily focuses on anti-aging while also treating specific concerns. In addition to all that, the products feel absolutely amazing and that’s mostly thanks to their standout ingredient of Icelandic glacial water, arctic super fruits and encapsulated oxygen.
Skyn Iceland is 100% vegan and that has been part of their core principals since inception.
Product to try: Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are my ride or die under eye masks.
Derma E is one of the few “natural” skincare brands I’ll consider worthy of gracing my skin. As I mentioned in my opener, most natural skincare brands don’t offer a lot in terms of visible results. They feel nice, maybe they smell nice and they may keep your skin functioning at a satisfactory level. Derma E on the other hand does all that but with the bonus of real change and results. They don’t strive for satisfactory, they strive for perfection – like me! Their massive skincare range addresses every concern (for your face and your body!) while being committed to eco-ethical practices, such as being 100% non-GMO.
Derma E is 100% vegan and that has been part of their core principals since inception.
Product to try: Professional clinical treatment results in a pot? That’s Microdermabrasion Scrub!
Madara Organic Skincare
Organic is not something that sits high on my list of priorities when it comes to choosing skincare. The fact that I love Madara’s products has nothing to do with the fact they’re organic, and everything to do with the experience I’ve had using them. They’re in the natural skincare category but these products are luxurious like you’ve never seen from natural skincare. The packaging is gorgeous, the products innovative, they each smell amazing (the Detox mask smells like candy!) and their results live up to their claims.
Product to try: Detox Ultra Purifying Mud Mask for rapid pore cleaning without drying your skin out.
Sunscreen has remained the single most important skincare product in my life, and it’s the one product I insist you get right! Finding the perfect sunscreen for you is far more important than all the other skincare products combined. I’ve tried A LOT of sunscreen (and I continue to try every new one I find) but time and time again I come back to Supergoop’s stella line-up of sunscreens. They’re a dedicated sunscreen brand but they do more than that – they’re innovative, skincare-centric sunscreen. Sunscreen lip gloss? They’ve got that! Makeup setting mist, hand cream, body oil ….. it’s sunscreen like you’ve never seen before.
Product to try: My go-to Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen for everyday.
Have you tried any of my best vegan skincare brands? Which would you say is the best skincare brand right now? Let me know by commenting below!
The following brands are certified cruelty-free:
CosMedix (PETA), Derma E (PETA), skyn ICELAND (PETA), Supergoop! (PETA)
The following brands are self-claimed cruelty-free:
The Ordinary, NIOD, Hylamide, Madara
The following brands are tested on animals: