Hey! How are you? Welcome to my cruelty free skincare routine post!
Some of you will already know that in the last couple of months I made the decision to go cruelty free. (If not, you might want to read my post, Why I’m now a Cruelty Free Blogger). Anyway, I don’t think I’ve actually posted my current skincare routine on here before, so what better time to do it!? When I first made the switch, and even now to be honest, I found it hard to source good value, animal friendly products. I think it’s easier with makeup; many brands are making the change, but with most skincare products you can quickly blow your budget unless you know where to look. I am aware that there are a lot of cruelty free guides out there for people changing over, I’m not trying to compete with them! I just want to let you know what my routine is and share my favourites!
So first things first, cleansing! As you know, it is very important to properly take off all your makeup at the end of the day. If you build this into your routine, you’ll see very quickly how beneficial this is for your skin. Not only for the sake of the makeup, but so many other factors too. You might think you are very clean (I’m sure you are!), but just from being out and about you will pick up dirt and bacteria. It’s important to cleanse to wipe all this away. Your pores will get blocked otherwise, and so you may start to break out. I know that I would anyway…
For my cleansing routine, I like to use a facial wash or scrub. Before I went cruelty free, I used the Bioré Baking Soda Scrub. I’ll be honest and say that I really loved this and it did good stuff for my skin at the time. The problem is that they test on animals. So now they’re a definite no no ????. I’ve since been trying the Superdrug Simply Pure Gentle Facial Wash. It is a really simple and lovely product with no complications! It basically does what it says on the tin, (or in this case, the tube).
My skin is combination skin, so I find that if I use products for just oily skin, then my skin will react in a bad way. This facial wash is designed for sensitive skin, so I have found my skin doesn’t flare up after using this as it is really gentle. Also, it is fragrance free and most importantly, cruelty free!
For a long time I didn’t bother with toner. I didn’t really see what the point was and just tended to use a facial wash and moisturiser. Since I’ve started using toner regularly, my skin has been so much better. I used to use a L’Oreal Rose Toner which was nice, but again, this was not cruelty free.
When I made the switch I decided to go for one of the Pixi Tonics. Have any of you tried them? They’re beautiful products and have a range for every skin type! Pixi is a brand you can trust and they are one of my go to brands for cruelty free products. The Rose Tonic is my favourite (shown in the picture), I think rose scented things really appeal to me anyway, but this is so delicate and is described as a ‘nourishing toner’, so not harsh on your skin at all. You might be able to spot the pads in the background of the picture above; they are my alternative to disposable cotton pads! I would recommend!
Serum is not an ‘essential’ in my cruelty free skincare routine. I think I got this Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum because they were doing a 3 for 2 deal in M&S! It is definitely a luxury and sort of like a treat for my skin! I use this just before bed usually, or in the daytime too when I feel my skin needs it, such as in the winter. It comes with a pipette and I use just one or two drops and gently apply it to my face. It has a gorgeous soft fragrance and is so dreamy! It’s nice because although it is hydrating, it’s not oily which is perfect for my combination skin.
It is difficult to source cruelty free moisturiser at a good price! I went into my local Boots to look for some when I ran out, and they had literally none on the shelves that weren’t tested on animals. It was really disappointing and left me feeling that if Boots didn’t stock any, then where could I get some? Superdrug came to my rescue online!! I know that I can rely on them to provide inexpensive kind products when I need them. So I applaud you Superdrug.
Above you can see the two I have been using recently, I have a different one for the daytime when I wake up, and another for the evening. The daytime one has the benefit of SPF 15 which is perfect for the summer (it is definitely not summer weather today!) and I have generally been so impressed with them so far! I can’t fault them. The scent is gorgeous and almost has a sort of spiced fragrance. I may be completely wrong there with my smell description, but either way, it’s really nice!
Applied, they make my skin feel smooth and cared for. I had a moisturiser once that actually made me feel like I’d forgotten to put on my moisturiser because it was so bad! These are definitely not like that. They are creamy and smoothing which is lovely.
So that is my current and newly updated cruelty free skincare routine! It makes me feel happy to know that I’m not causing an animal to be in pain for the sake of my skin. I hope that this will be helpful for you if you are looking to change your routine to cruelty free. Let me know if you have any questions and I would love to have a chat with you. You can contact me on social media (links below) or on my contact page.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, thank you for stopping by!
P.s. these prices are at the time of writing this post!