In honor of my dormmate who recently adopted a vegan lifestyle and has since dutifully inquired about how she can eliminate animal suffering from all aspects of her life, I’d like to share the cruetly-free hygiene products that I employ in maintaining a squeaky clean, animal-friendly face and body. While this post focuses solely on my facial care regimen, I plan on also detailing my preferred brands of makeup and oral hygiene products, as well as my shampoo-and-conditioner-less hairwashing methods, in the very near future.
I tailor my skin care habits to suit an acne-prone face that requires fairly close attention to moisturizing. However, even if that description does not even remotely resemble your own complexionary needs, I’d encourage you to further research the vegan-friendly companies that I highlight here, along with those listed on the Leaping Bunny and Peta websites.
You can find all of these products, except for the Aveda cleanser, at any Whole Foods or natural foods co-op.
Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser—$27 for 4.2 fl oz.
Specially formulated to treat the woes of acne, this light, freshly scented cleanser dissolves oil, removes makeup, and cleans deep into pores without overdrying skin. Like most all of Aveda’s products, this cleanser utilizes powerful plant ingredients for a chemical-free, gentle yet effective face-washing experience. After splashing water on my face, I rub two pumps of cleanser in a circular motion around my face every morning for a refreshing start to my day.
Alba Botanica Natural Even Advanced Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub—$11.49 for 4 oz.
At night, I like to exfoliate with this walnut-shell based scrub infused with sea enzymes to stimulate cell regeneration for a uniform skin tone. The size and roughness of the exfoliating particles in this scrub fit my preferences perfectly—not so small or smooth as to have no effect, but certainly not too harsh.
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar-White Tea Toner and Acne Scar Remover—free!…basically.
I recently posted the “recipe” for this two-ingredient, homemade, wildly successful toner and acne scar remover. Comprised of apple cider vinegar for its antibacterial properties and white tea for its powerful antioxidants, this superbly low-cost toner has vastly improved the quality of my skin since I began using it 5 months ago. I rub the mixture on my face with a kleenex or cotton ball after exfoliating with my Sea Enzyme Scrub, allow it to sink in for 30 minutes, then rinse it off and follow it with…
…this mild, moisurizing facial cleansing cream! Ideal for combination skin, this cream implements the gentle oils of antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn, cucumber, aloe, and primrose to soften, smooth, and restore moisture balance in the skin. Plus, its naturally shiny golden hue imparts the notion of rubbing sunshine on your face. How can you resist?
Stay tuned for my next post on vegan, cruelty-free body care products.
Until next time, Ali.