If you are vegan or have simply started taking more of an interest in the ingredients in your skincare, then you may have found there are a number of products you simply cannot use anymore.
Sometimes it is possible to swap your traditional moisturisers and serums for specially designed vegan skincare, and on other occasions, it is important to look at your whole skincare routine completely.
This is particularly true when it comes to your face cleaning routine, as there are many things that you can change to make it more effective whilst also being ethical and natural.
Why do I need to cleanse my face?
From the moment you get out of bed, the skin on your face is working hard.
You will subject it to a lot during the day, and dirt and grime will begin to gather on it immediately.
This will be made up of sweat, pollutants, make-up and the oils that you transfer onto your face when you touch it.
These things build up on your skin, causing it to look dull, but they also work to clog your pores, which can lead to breakouts.
By keeping your skin clean and clear, you can unblock those pores and keep your skin looking fresh and bright.
That means creating a daily face cleaning routine that suits your skin type. It can be as simple as washing it or ensuring you use a facial cleanser that may even be vegan.
Establishing a good face cleaning routine is important, as this creates the basis for all the other skincare that you use.
If your skin is not clean to start with, the rest of it is unlikely to be a successful as you hope.
How should I cleanse my face?
The key to any cleansing routine is to be gentle. The skin on your face is delicate, and it does not respond well to being scrubbed or to having harsh chemicals applied to it.
A vegan skincare routine lends itself well to this gentle approach as it tends to stick to more natural, pure ingredients that are kinder to the skin.1
Whilst soap and water might seem the obvious way to clean your skin, this can often be drying, and so a specific make-up remover, cleanser and gentle cleansing cloths prove to be a better combination.
You will need to settle on a skincare routine that matches your skin type, so take a look at 5 vegan friendly skincare routines for some great ideas on how to look after your skin.
Not only do you need to think about what you use to clean your face, but also how you treat your face in other ways.
Make sure that you clean your make-up brushes regularly, drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and try a weekly vegan face mask for a more intensive cleanse.
Vegan skin care products
There are a great number of vegan cleansers on the market, as well as microfibre cloths which can help to remove dirt and make-up using the best cruelty free face cleanser: water. This option is also zero waste, which means it is a good one for the conscious.
Many skincare products contain glycerine, which can come from animal fat, and is therefore avoided by those seeking a vegan lifestyle.
Collagen is another skin ingredient that stems from animals and fish, whilst squalene comes from shark liver oil.2
Whatever you choose to clean your skin, you should make sure that you replenish any lost moisture and sooth the skin with a vegan moisturiser. This will help to keep it healthy and glowing both day and night.
Choosing a vegan skincare routine is easier now than it has ever been and is no longer something that only applies to those who choose not to eat meat. If you are looking for vegan skincare products, it is always recommended to research which vegan ingredients and products are out there.
It is now something that is considered by those who want to cut down on the use of animal by-products, reduce their carbon footprint or decrease the waste that they produce.
Last updated: 3 March 2021
Reviewer: Manisha Taggar
Joined Holland & Barrett: May 2019
Qualifications: BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science
Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare. After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019. Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.