8 best drugstore vegan skincare products

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Switching your beauty routine to the animal-friendly collection has never been this easy.

The term “vegan” is simply not limited to what we eat and what we wear, but it is also what we apply to our skin. So it’s not surprising that the launch of vegan skincare rose from 13% of all beauty launches in 2014 to 28% in 2018, according to the Vegan Society.

Here are 8 affordable skincare products that satisfy a vegan palate – without compromising on quality and performance.

By Simone Limbu

The Bodyshop Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, 20ml and 90ml

This buttery texture uses a camomile extract formulated for sensitive skin to nourish and gently remove all makeup layers, including waterproof mascara and liquid lipsticks. A dollop is all you need to massage all over your face and neck. If it’s good for sensitive skin, it’s beneficial for any type of skin. Even the bigger tub retails at the affordable price of £11. This PETA certified brand offers year-long discounts and sales, so you can grab this goodness at an even lower price.

COSRX LOW-PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, 150ml

If you’re like me, who’s very fussy about how a cleanser foams but doesn’t strip at the same time, then look no further. This cleanser has a PH of 5.0-6.0, which removes dirt and dead cells effectively yet keeps the skin feeling soft and supple. This cult-favourite Korean mild-foaming cleanser is now available at a retail price of £14 in the UK – a bit on the pricey side, but worth it.

TIP: Explore and browse online websites that stocks this cleanser to purchase it at a lower price.

BYBI Strawberry Booster 15ml

BYBI seems to be a brand that does everything right. The brand is 100% vegan and eco-conscious. This strawberry booster uses the seeds that are removed during the manufacturing of the juicing process. It contains ellagic acid, an antioxidant that protects and repairs the barrier of the skin.

This high-performance product is a bargain at just £12. For 15 ml some may find it costly, but it is a supplement to your existing skincare products. The trick will be to mix it with your favourite moisturiser and apply it strategically to the dry and flaky parts of your skin.

Versed Dew Point Moisturising gel cream, 60ml

Without feeling greasy, this lightweight gel-cream does the job of deeply hydrating the skin – and the hair strands that might otherwise stick to your face every second, which is always a plus point. Key ingredients are green tea leaf extract and aloe leaf extract, which soothe and heal the skin. It is formulated for all skin types, but all dry skin individuals may need additional T.L.C., perhaps adding a few drops of BYBI strawberry booster. This brand is vegan and leaping bunny certified. It retails for £13.5 at cultbeauty.com.

E.L.F Coconut water-infused moisturising sheet mask

This £3 mask is the closest vacation feeling you’re going to get during the pandemic. Infused with coconut water and hyaluronic acid, it treats dry patches, leaving the skin feeling plumped and moisturised. The pleasant smell of coconut will teleport you the warm and tropical climate of your favourite summer vacation.

B. Restored 3D Eye Cream 15ml

B. is a Superdrug in-house brand which is 100% vegan and offers affordable prices. The mix of ingredients, including live yeast extract and hyaluronic acid, works to visibly brighten and moisturise the delicate undereye area.

Hurraw! Lip Balms

Twist-up lip balms are usually a hit and a miss for me. The formula is either too hard or too soft. That is not the case for this vegan and cruelty-free lip balm, which has the perfect consistency that applies smoothly and doesn’t drag. The black cherry tinted lip balm has a subtle red tint, and it doesn’t irritate the lips. The best part of this lip balm is its collection of gourmand flavours which smells and tastes amazing. They also offer the SPF version of their lip balm, and it currently retails at £4.99.

The Bodyshop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion SPF 50+ PA++++

This sunscreen is perfect for someone who hates the greasy film that traditional sunscreen leaves on the skin. This lightweight formula instantly absorbs into the skin that helps protect against harmful U.V. rays. It is non-comedogenic and is therefore suitable for all types of skin. Skipping this step should be out of the question. Sunscreen should be applied every single day, whether it is sunny or cloudy or indoors or outdoors. It retails £18 for 40ml. It’s a bit pricey but so worth it.

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