The best vegan skincare brands to have on your radar

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    We like to think of vegan skincare a little bit like vegan milk alternatives. From oat and soy, to almond and coconut, there is an awful lot to choose from, and it’s hard to know which one is best. So, we took it upon ourselves to scour the internet and even try some of the best vegan skincare brands out there, and the results were seriously impressive.

    From more affordable skincare brands to luxury beauty and even some recent newcomers, there is a range of products for you to choose from. We’ve included the best cleansers, best toners, best face serums and more, to complete every step of your skincare routine.

    Vegan beauty is undeniably one of the fastest growing skincare categories out there, so have a read of some of our favourite brands and try them out for yourselves. You won’t regret it…

    The best vegan skincare brands:

    1. Byoma

    Byoma is the new brand on the block. Not only do the products come in fun, colourful packaging, but they are also super affordable. The best bit? This skincare line is all about boosting your skin’s barrier, instead of stripping it, thanks to the simple ingredients and scientific formulas. Your skin’s barrier works hard to keep the bad stuff out (such as pollution and irritants) and keep the good stuff in (such as water and ceramides). By boosting this barrier, you can say hello to your best skin yet.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Byoma Creamy Jelly Cleanser, £9.99 | Cult Beauty
    This ultra-hydrating daily cleanser features the brand’s Tri-Ceramide Complex™, that works to boost your skin’s barrier. The jelly formula transforms into a rich, creamy lather to melt away any dirt, leaving skin super clean and not stripped.

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    Byoma Balancing Face Mist, £11.99 | Cult Beauty
    We like to follow on with this lightweight face mist, that contains a powerful balancing blend of Allantoin and Probiotic Ferment to help replenish and strengthen the skin’s microbiome.

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    Byoma Hydrating Serum, £12.99 | Cult Beauty
    For extra moisture, this serum is formulated with cholesterol and fatty acids that marry well with the powerhouse pairing of sqaulane and glycerin, to leave your skin feeling brand new. Wave redness, dryness and flakiness goodbye.

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    2. Skin Proud

    Much like the name suggests, Skin Proud is all about being proud in your skin. The brand has taken a pledge against photoshopping to show real, healthy complexions. Their products are all 100% vegan, PETA approved and cruelty-free, and use a blend of natural based and scientifically proven ingredients which are gentle yet effective. Need we say more?

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Skin Proud Velvet Cloud Foaming Cleanser, £13.99 | ASOS
    This foaming cleanser has a whipped mousse texture, designed to remove makeup while softening the skin. It contains a whole bunch of moisture-boosting amino acids, alongside brightening magnolia extract.

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    Skin Proud Sorbet Skin Everyday Jelly Moisturiser, was £13.99 now £11.15 | ASOS
    The Sorbet Skin moisturiser is bursting with a four-part hyaluronic acid complex to restore, revitalise, rehydrate and renew the skin. The oil-free, sorbet-like gel feels super refreshing on the skin, and can be used both day and night.

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    Skin Proud Bright Eye Pomegranate Gel-Cream, was £14.99 now £11.95 | ASOS
    We love a good eye cream, especially when it promises to brighten and lock in moisture at the same time. This product is infused with pomegranate extract, vitamin c, niacinamide and shea butter, all working in favour of the delicate eye area.

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    3. Summer Fridays

    You’ll all have heard of Summer Fridays, the Insta-worthy brand that has taken the skincare world by storm. Founded by two beauty bloggers, Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gore, the brand is all about easy-to-use, clean ingredients, with packaging that you will definitely want on display.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, from £24 | Space NK
    The brands very first product, Jet Lag Mask, is easily one of their most popular releases. The hydrating mask is designed for tired or stressed skin, and is rich in vitamins, minerals and ceramides. It also contains chestnut extract to gently exfoliate and polish away dull skin for a radiant complexion.

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    Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, £49 | Space NK
    The Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution is a night-time skincare treatment that exfoliates and brightens the skin while minimising the look of pores. It contains a potent blend of lactic and glycolic acid to polish skin, niacinamide to help clarify, and hyaluronic acid to keep skin feeling soft.

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    Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm Vanilla Beige, £21 | Space NK
    A slightly newer release from the brand, their Lip Butter Balm works to leave lips feeling softer and smoother, with a sheer beige finish and a natural vanilla flavour. It contains shea butter, murumuru seed butter and a unique blend of vegan waxes that boosts shine without leaving your lips feeling greasy.

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    4. Tropic

    Tropic believes in being a force for good beyond just beauty. All their ingredients are sustainably sourced to bring you freshly made products that are kind to your skin. The 100% cruelty-free brand search far and wide to trace nourishing, transformative ingredients from regions all around the world, including the Amazon rainforest, Polynesia, Australia and Madagascar. Every single formula is developed in their HQ’s Innovation Lab, so you know that you’re getting products you can trust.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Smoothing Cleanser, £18 | Tropic
    This multi award-winning facial cleanser melts away dirt, pollution, SPF and makeup without any need for rubbing or scrubbing. It contains jojoba oil, green tea extract and aloe vera juice to leave the complexion feeling soft and springy. You can even choose between a scented and unscented version depending on your skin type.

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    Vitamin Toner, £14 | Tropic
    This product is truly one-of-a-kind. It contains aloe vera, cucumber juice, avocado and cranberry oil extracts that are mixed in an ultrasonic machine that forces the water and oil molecules together, creating a milky mist. The droplets burst on the skin, catapulting the oil into the deeper layers while the water stays nearer the surface to hydrate and refresh.

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    Sun Day Facial UV Defence, £24 | Tropic
    SPF is such an important step in your skincare routine. We love this water-resistant, daily SPF50 from Tropic due to the combination of hyaluronic acid to hydrate, banana flower extract to calm and prebiotics that provide the right environment for your skin to flourish. Plus, it sinks into the skin without leaving a white residue.

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    5. Pai Skincare

    Pai Skincare was founded by Sarah Brown, after her skin became irritated, hyper-sensitive and acne-prone out of the blue. Sarah set out to create a skincare line to nourish sensitive skin without irritating it, allowing her to take back control of her own routine. The result? A dreamy vegan skincare line that customers can’t stop raving about.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Pai Skincare Middlemist Seven Camellia and Rose Gentle Cream Cleanser, £34 | Cult Beauty
    This cleanser is suitable for all kinds of skin types, from sensitive, reactive, dry, combination and more.  Castor and sweet almond oils break down makeup, while damask rose otto oil helps skin to retain moisture. It also comes with a dual-sided cleansing cloth, with a textured muslin side for thorough cleansing and a soft terry side for sensitive areas.

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    Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil, £33 | Cult Beauty
    Cleansing oils are another effective way of removing stubborn makeup at the end of the day. This product is ideal for lifting away any dirt without irritating your complexion. The star of the show is the brand’s hero ingredient, rosehip oil, which is renowned for its powerful skin healing and regenerative properties.

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    Pai Skincare Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil, £29 | Cult Beauty
    If you like the sound of the cleansing oil, then you will love this next product. The Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil is one of the brand’s bestsellers, due to rosehip oil’s skin healing properties. The oil can help with dry skin, blemishes, dull skin tone, fine lines, scars and sun damage.

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    6. Aesop

    Aesop may be famous for their luxury body care range, but did you know that they do skincare, too? The vegan beauty brand’s products are formulated from the finest quality ingredients, and they only use ingredients with a proven record of safety and efficacy. Plus, the packaging looks super chic out on display. A win win.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk, £25 | Aesop
    Aesop’s Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk is ideal for removing makeup on a daily basis. It is enhanced with botanicals renowned for their soothing properties, making it the perfect choice for anyone with dry or sensitive skin.

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    Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator, £50 | Aesop
    This moisturiser will quickly become a staple in your winter skincare routine. The rapidly-absorbed fluid delivers superb anti-oxidant hydration and leaves the skin feeling smooth and supple.

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    Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, £39 | Aesop
    If an exfoliator is what you’re after, then this product is for you. The cream-based cleansing formulation is enhanced with fine quartz and lactic acid to remove dead skin cells and soften the skin.

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    7. Youth To The People

    Powered by superfoods and perfected by science, Youth To The People prides itself on carefully crafted formulas made from antioxidant-rich leafy greens, as well as beneficial vitamins and other proven, natural sources of youth-preserving goodness. Inspired by the women in their lives, Greg Gonzalez and Joe Cloyes set out to further their family’s legacy of innovation by developing plant-based formulas of unparalleled quality. Hailing from California, this eco-conscious brand is committed to harnessing nutrient-dense superfoods that have an impact on your skin’s health and less of one on the environment—rest assured, every formula is cruelty-free and 100% vegan.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, from £12 | Cult Beauty
    Powerful enough to remove makeup and dirt but gentle enough to use twice daily to clear pores, the Superfood Cleanser is like a fresh smoothie for your face that’ll have you feeling refreshed and raring to go.

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    Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, £14 | Cult Beauty
    Combining the power of leafy-green superfoods with moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream boasts a deliciously light, creamy, gel-like texture that absorbs quickly. It can even be used as a primer.

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    Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask, £42 | Cult Beauty
    With a bright and fruity scent, this rich and creamy overnight mask deeply hydrates, plumps and illuminates your skin to promote a more youthful complexion come morning. It contains squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and betaine to flood dehydrated skin with moisture.

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    8. Hello

    Ok, so this isn’t technically skincare, but brushing your teeth is just as important as cleansing your face morning and night. Hello provides naturally friendly products that are vegan and sustainable, with the goal to make oral care as beautiful, delicious, friendly and as natural as possible.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    Hello Epic Whitening Activated Charcoal Flouride Toothpaste, £6.99 | Superdrug
    This toothpaste might look a little weird at first but it works wonders. It whitens naturally and gently without peroxide and it prevents cavities and freshens breath with high quality fresh mint and coconut oil.

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    Hello Activated Charcoal Epic Freshening Mouthwash, £6.99 | Superdrug
    This mouthwash contains activated charcoal made from sustainable bamboo, xylitol, coconut oil and tea tree oil for a rinse that feels like a little swish of heaven.

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    Hello Charcoal Infused Bristles Soft Manual Toothbrush, £4.99 | Superdrug
    Say hello to a different kind of toothbrush. The bristles are so soft, they make teeth, gums and tongues insanely happy. They’re made with activated charcoal derived from sustainable bamboo and are precisely tapered to clean between tight spots with ease. The bpa-free handle is super-comfy and made with plant-based materials.

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    9. Estrid

    Skincare isn’t just about your face, but your body, too. You may have seen this popular brand all over your Instagram feed thanks to their colourful razors, but they are so much more than just a razor company. Estrid makes sure that all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free, and have designed their stainless steel razor to last you a lifetime. They have recently branched out into body products, and it’s safe to say that we’re obsessed.

    Marie Claire recommends:

    The Starter Kit, £7.95 subscription, Estrid
    The Starter Kit includes everything you need to give yourself the shaving experience you deserve. A steel razor handle and matching wall mount in the colour you love most, and two razor blades.

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    All Glow’d Up Sugar Scrub, £10.95 | Estrid
    This fine sugar particle scrub polishes gently yet effectively while never drying out your skin. It comes in Estrid’s new signature scent, with notes of peach nectar, lemon zest, honeysuckle and sandalwood. Yum.

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    Body Fluff Daily Moisturiser, £9.95 | Estrid
    Somewhere between lotion and butter, Body Fluff is the body moisturiser you’ve always needed. With softening and moisture-locking ingredients such as shea butter, squalene and marshmallow root extract, it leaves skin feeling soft and cushiony.

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