In 2019, veganism is no longer niche. In fact, it’s become so popular that pretty much every major fast-food joint seemed to launch a meat-alternative product this year, while Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton even invested in a meat-free burger chain.
The Economist went as far to dub 2019 “The Year Of The Vegan,” reporting that a quarter of millennials in the US identify as either vegan or vegetarian. Choosing what to buy has become a political act; clicking “add to cart” is considered an endorsement of how that product has come into being. Conscious consumerism is firmly on the rise.
And this demand goes far beyond “meatless meat”. The vegan and cruelty-free skincare industry is booming right now too, as people increasingly choose to boycott products that have been tested on animals and/or contain animal-derived ingredients.
Shop these eight vegan skincare items to add to your cruelty-free routine.
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Cleanser
This gentle gel-based cleanser is formulated with witch hazel, salicylic acid, and sage leaf. It removes daily dirt and impurities from the face and neck without drying out the skin or stripping it of its natural oils.
L:A BRUKET No.99 Chamomile Bergamot Face Toner
This toner removes dirt and dead skin cells while restoring your skin’s pH balance after cleansing. Rich in antioxidants, this formula has antiseptic properties and locks in moisture. Ingredients such as chamomile extract calm the skin.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
This formula, best applied before creams, uses three forms of Hyaluronic Acid with varying molecular weights, as well as a Hyaluronic Acid cross polymer, to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping. The vitamin B5 works to enhance surface hydration.
Act of Being Daily Eye Cream
Act of Being launched this year and is being touted as the first US-made vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics brand for men. This cream is formulated with baobab, green tea, shea butter, sodium hyaluronate, red algae, and moringa, and replenishes moisture to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Stainless-steel rollerballs stimulate microcirculation which helps to diminish puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
MALIN+GOETZ Advanced Renewal Moisturizer
Free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, this lightweight daily moisturizer is formulated with meadowfoam seed oil – an antioxidant-rich fatty acid which locks in moisture and leaves skin smooth and firm. Apple stem cells protect the skin against environmental aggressors.
Odacité Blueberry Jasmine Serum Concentrate
This serum revives skin and protects cells against free-radical damage. While the blueberry seed oil penetrates and repairs deep layers of the skin, the jasmine oil promotes new cell growth.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
This SPF-packed lip balm offers optimum sun protection while guarding against windburn and extreme temperatures. Containing shea butter, avocado oil, and natural emollients, this balm locks in moisture, helping to repair chapped and damaged skin and protects cells against free-radical damage.
LE LABO ‘Bergamote 22’ Bar Soap
As well as being vegan and cruelty-free, this bar of soap also uses sustainable palm oil and is hand-wrapped in Mississippi in waxed kraft paper. It is enriched with olive oil extract, vitamin E and shea butter, and works to hydrate and soothe skin.
Wakey Wakey Organic Body Wash
This gentle formula is lightly scented with organic essential oils of rosemary and lemongrass and is ideal for sensitive skin. It is made with eight simple ingredients and free of parabens, SLS, petroleum, and silicones.
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- Words: Eloise Edgington