Looking after your skin is probably one of the most important things you can do to stay looking healthy and youthful. You can eat good foods to keep it healthy from the inside out, but it is also super important to treat right on the outside too! Since going cruelty free almost a year and a half ago, I have been trying to find the best skincare that fits my skin and the condition of being cruelty free. One of the easiest things to remember is that if it is a beauty product made in New Zealand it has to be cruelty free. Let’s get to it!!
1. Essano Rosehip Micellar Water
Micellar water was all the rage earlier last year and the beauty community was always going on about how amazing it was. However I never got a chance to use it until Essano came out with their Rosehip Micellar water. This gem removes makeup, cleanses and soothes, and helps to balance the pH levels of your skin. It is great for all skin types and also has the added bonus of Rosehip oil being integrated in the water. I would normally use this if I had a lot of eye makeup on, before going on to use my Skinfood cleanser.
You can buy this 400 ml bottle at your local Countdown for $12.99.
The Essano Rosehip Micellar is made in New Zealand, vegan friendly, doesn’t contain parabens, harsh chemical sulphates, silicones, phthalates, and ethoxylates.
The Skinfood Cleans all cleanser has to be my favourite face cleaner that I have found which is cruelty free. It is a natural based product, free from parabens, made in New Zealand. The smell and feeling of the mixture of manuka honey, kiwifruit, limeflower extract, sunflower oil and aloe vera is really relaxing and gentle. Plus it leaves your skin feeling really soft.
3. Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes
I always like to have some makeup remover wipes handy and have gone through so many different ones. Currently I am using these Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing wipes. The have no alcohol, oil, artificial perfume or colour. They are super easy to use and get off my mascara well. The Simple brand is owned by Unilever who although are not entirely cruelty free (as they still sell in China) are working actively to end animal testing. My alternate would be the Skinfood Facial Wipes which you can buy here on Mighty Ape.
My favourite wipes that I have tried would have to be the Skinfood Makeup Removing wipes, which I have had trouble finding again! I also really like the Essano Rosehip Cleansing wipes/
As your skin cells die every day it is really good to use an exfoliating scrub to help remove them as well as stimulate blood flow to your face. I suggest using an exfoliating scrub 1 to 2 times a week. Please, please, please stay away from all the scrubs with micro-beads as they are super bad for the environment! I love Skinfood’s exfoliating scrub as they replace micro-beads with really finely ground walnut-shell. It also contains cucumber extract, manuka honey, aloe vera, almond and lime which makes it really refreshing to use.
If you want to go for a really deep cleanse of your pores I recommend using the Skinfood Mud Masque. It’s made from local Rotorua mud, aloe vera and jojoba oil and is suitable for vegans. Your skin is left feeling smooth and even a bit tighter, which is a reason that I only use it once a week, unless my skin needs an extra treatment.
6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask
After using a mask it is really important to put some moisture back in yourskin, that is if you didn’t use a moisturising mud mask! I like to use the Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask as a little bit goes a long way to moisturise your skin. You can choose to just leave it on or put a thin layer all over your skin and then use a tissue to wipe it off. It is perfect for all skin types too.
7. Lush Cosmetics Tea Tree Water & Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water
The Lush Tea Tree Water toner spray has to be the best toner I have ever used. I use this every day even though I don’t have oily skin. With its antibacterial properties it helps prevent extra breakouts. I bought this in the 100g bottle to try out and it wasn’t long before I got myself the largest bottle I could.
The Breath of Fresh Air toner water in the 100g bottle is super handy to keep in your handbag to refresh your skin and mind during the day. Both these toner waters are suitable for vegans.
8. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion
As I explained above I don’t have very acne prone skin but I love the smell of tea tree products and they are super handy to have in your skincare routine. I use this mainly when I have a few hormonal breakouts on my cheeks, chin and forehead.
9. Daintree De-line De-Puff Soothing Eye Gel
When I have slept badly through the night (or been crying!) I like to use a bit of the Daintree Eye Gel as it is nice and cooling and helps to reduce the puffiness under my eyes.
10. Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream
This Trilogy moisturiser is definitely the most expensive item on the list, coming in at just under $50. I got this as a part of a beauty subscription box but didn’t start using it until my last moisturise ran out. The unique ingredient of Rosapene oil helps prevent aging and softens your skin. It makes a great base for makeup once it has soaked in.