My top five best vegan cleansers
I’ve been trying out a lot of different skincare products and techniques this year. As well as following a number of blogs and experts, I’m lucky enough to be sent lots of products to try out through my day job.
After lots of trial and error I currently have a lineup I’m really happy with.
The first question I ask when it comes to choosing products is whether it is vegan. This means the final product and its raw ingredients must not have been tested on animals (by the company or any ingredient suppliers) and the product must not contain any animal or animal-derived ingredients. Once I have established a product is cruelty-free, I am generally game to try it, dependent on reviews and bloggers.
This year I started following the excellent Caroline Hirons. It’s been a bit of a revelation skincare-wise. When you’re starting to edge closer to middle age than youth, your cavalier attitude towards sun damage, and your lifestyle showing up on your face, starts to get a little less cavalier. Gone are the days of a quick swipe with a cleansing wipe…or, (the horror) no spf. From now on, it’s all about sun protection, double-cleansing, acids, and retioids.
If this sounds expensive and immensely time consuming, well, it can be-but it’s also quite enjoyable to put the time into properly caring for your skin. And there are decent products available in every price bracket.
Something I’ve really been enjoying is a double-cleanse. I didn’t ever really think I would get that excited about washing my face, but seeing (and feeling) the results of a good cleansing routine has got me thoroughly into it.
I like to use a range of different types of cleansers, as you will see from my list, which is in no particular order.
I absolutely love this organic product (£32). I often use it as a first cleanse-it’s really effective at dissolving make-up and spf on the face. It smells amazing, and my skin feels incredibly clean and glowy after using it, without feeling stripped or over-cleansed. It is formulated to work for sensitive skin, as well as acne-prone. You simply massage it in and remove with the cloth provided.
The expensive French green clay in this (very) lightly foaming cleanser explains its somewhat hefty price tag (currently £35 on Cult Beauty). It contains a real cocktail of vitamins, minerals and essential oil including vitamin C, sandalwood, jasmine and black pepper. While some critics claim the pepper can affect sensitive skins, I haven’t had any bad reaction to this. I use it as a second cleanse, and my skin feels clear, clean, and smooth after using it.
This soft balm (£15.38) is formulated from a blend of pure plant oils. Deliciously scented, it works into the skin really easy, and is washed off with a cloth (it requires a little more effort to remove than some other balms but is worth the effort). It doesn’t feel greasy and tackles make-up, sunscreen, and daily grime really well. I usually use it as a first cleanse. Despite being fairly ‘heavy’ and oily, I haven’t had any issues with spots since using it-it should work for all skin types.
This is another gentle cleansing balm-perfect for a first cleanse (£18). It removes make-up easily. Ingredients include sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. People with acne-prone skin may fine shea butter encourages spots. After using this, my skin feels really clean and soft. It’s has a rose scent, which is pleasant, but could be over-powering for some. Every product I have tried from Pixi is excellent and this is no exception.
By far the cheapest of the bunch (£3.69), unlike the other products, this cream cleanser is wipe-off rather than rinse off, making it a good option for when you have no time. I have rinsed this off with water as well as cotton wool, and it works just as well. This is part of a wider range aimed at tackling the two problems of ageing and spots. I haven’t seen much else out there which is specifically formulated for both of these problems, and this works effectively in controlling acne (in my experience) though only time will tell how it works to combat the signs of ageing…
*I was sent this product.