Skincare. We all use it. For some, bathroom cabinets are absolutely littered with different brands and products (me). For others, it’s more of a case of having only one or two staple items (not me). However, I am sure we can all agree that for most women looking after your skin is an important everyday ritual.
In 2015, the skincare industry will be worth an estimated US$115 BILLION. That is not a typo. $115 BILLION. The market is completely flooded with hundreds of thousands of different brands and products which can make choosing what to use and what is best for your skin difficult. I am personally a bit of a skincare tart and have tried hundreds of different products from many different brands only to fall in love with them or be bitterly disappointed by them.
With this in mind, when i’m choosing skincare products a few things are particularly important to me:
1. The brand must be 100% cruelty-free.
2. The product must be 100% vegan.
3. And they must avoid nasty ingredients like parabens, sulphates, mineral oils and petrolatum.
There are so many brands and products on the market that fit the bill above and i’ve probably had a fair crack at trying most of them, so you could say i’ve done the hard yards for you. However, as with everything, there is always going to be a few standouts and you will find these below.
Here are my top cruelty-free skincare brands that I turn to on the regular.
I’m obsessed with this brand. Grown Alchemist are a completely organic company that are 100% cruelty-free and vegan. With a team of cosmetic chemists based in Paris, London and throughout Australia, Grown Alchemist ensures you get a combination of the best science and the best ingredients when you use their products. You will find collagen and elastin boosting actives, hyaluronic acid, powerful antioxidants, advanced peptides and cell-communicating actives throughout the range that work together to transform the texture and appearance of your skin.
I am also a big fan of the Grown Alchemist packaging. It’s super sleek and looks great on any bathroom shelf. All of their packaging is 100% recycable and free from nasties that can leak into the actual products, therefore making them good for your skin and great for the environment. Win win.
Detox Serum Antioxidant +3
Lip Balm: Watermelon & Vanilla
Arbonne was developed in Switzerland in 1975 by a Norwegian man by the name of Petter Morck. With his team of herbalists, biologists and biochemists, Morck has created a superior skincare, makeup and nutrition range that are all 100% cruelty-free and vegan and free from all the nasties such as parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, benzene, petrolatum and mineral oils.
Arbonne gets so many scathing (paid) reviews, but I have been using these products for almost seven years and I still love them as much, if not more, than I did when I started using them. They have an amazing range with something to suit all skin types and they are at very reasonable price points. If this wasn’t the case, they wouldn’t be getting a mention. A truly fantastic brand.
Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads and Solution
An all natural boutique skincare range created by a young Australian woman by the name of Nicola Marie. Free from sulphates, parabens, fragrances, dyes, petrochemicals and palm oil, Delicious Skin focuses on using only natural and organic ingredients with no fillers. When developing Delicious Skin, Nicola wanted to create a 100% cruelty-free and vegan range that centred around being affordable and one that felt great on your bodies biggest organ – your skin.
Delicious Skin also focuses on ensuring no plastics are used in the range. They use only glass jars and tin, which are both 100% recyclable. Avoiding plastic also stops the risk of petrochemicals leaking into their products, thus making them a much cleaner product (if that’s even possible). Packaging is also cardboard and 100% recyclable making Delicious Skin not only beneficial for your skin, but also the environment.
Smooth Exfoliating Mask
Deliciously Clean Butter Cleanser
A favourite with physicians and aestheticians, CosMedix is the skincare that you often see floating around in high-end skin clinics. CosMedix uses the science of nature to deliver maximum skincare results and in the process they avoid all harmful additives. All of them. Founded in America in 1999, CosMedix have let their incredible products do the talking over the years and have now secured their roots and a loyal following on a global scale.
Using concentrated plant-based ingredients and award-winning technology for maximum effectiveness, CosMedix products are specifically wonderful for troublesome skin conditions such as sun damage, signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation. ‘
Define Resurfacing Treatment
100 % Pure is an amazing brand made from food grade ingredients that are free from synthetic chemicals, artificial preservatives and colours, fragrance, detergents and unhealthy toxins. They pride themselves on being as their name suggests – 100% pure – and place a specific focus on the importance of antioxidants.
At the same time, 100% Pure not only does amazing things for your skin, but also the environment. Their corporate offices are run by 100% solar energy and the company is 100% electric. The packaging for their pure and biodegradable formulas is made with post consumer recycled plastic, glass, soda cans, paper and printed with biodegradable non toxic vegetable ink. They are also 100% cruelty-free and vegan and charitable towards animal welfare groups.
Sukin are an Australian owned and environmentally conscious skincare company that focus on offering luxurious and natural products at affordable price points. The entire Sukin range is free from Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA and parabens.
Sukin is a fantastic choice for people who want to use top-range skincare without the top-range price tag and with the added convenience of buying products at your local pharmacy.
Hydrating Mist Toner
SuperGreens Detoxifying Clay Masque