My cruelty free skincare regime

My cruelty free skincare regime

Hello, my name is Alanna and I’m a skincare addict.

I always have been. I just adore lotions and potions and I’m usually a sucker for when something new and interesting comes out on the market, such is the consumer in me. In 2017 stats showed that 84% of women own up to 10 skincare products (including body moisturisers/ deodorants etc) and 11% own from 11 – 25 products (How many skincare products, 2018). I guess if we’re including a full body regime here, I probably own more than 20?! Though I don’t use them all at the same time, and usually bulk buy to save time and money in the long-run.

When it comes to facial skin care, I feel that I’ve perfected a routine which really works for me and makes my skin feel super awesome. In such a saturated market, it’s difficult to know what to buy, where to purchase it from, and question is it cruelty free? Is it ethical?

In 2016, a poll was carried out to establish what women (18+ in age) used as part of their daily skincare regime, and it surprised me that only 8% of women at that time were using a facial oil? Which is one of my all time favourite things to use (“Facial skincare products used by women | UK”, 2018)! I’m kind of a geek and like looking at stats (yes, weirdo academic, whatever). One thing that blows my tiny, eco mind is that facial wipes were used by 42% of people as part of their daily routine? I HATE face wipes/ wet wipes/ kitchen wipes! Do you know that in 2017 there was a rise in wet wipes found on UK beaches to 94% in a single year? (“Beach litter rises 10% in the UK, shocking report reveals”, 2017). They’re a form of plastic, so try and avoid if you can. They’re really not essential.

What do you use then?

So, I thought I’d make a small list to talk you through my daily skincare regime as it’s easier than me waffling on for eons about it. Here’s what I use on a daily basis (step-by-step, so you get the idea:

Morning routine

  1. Bodyshop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter – a little goes a long way! Massage into dry skin and remove with a wet cloth (I use a nice muslin one). Feels moisturising and removes the most stubborn of mascara too. £10

  2. LUSH Eau Roma water (toner) (vegan) – I usually spritz this over my face after cleansing and remove with a re-usable cotton pad (I made some recently! Let me know if you want a tutorial on how to make these!). £9.50 (250g)

  3. The Ordinary – Argireline Solution 10% (vegan) – I use this on my forehead only. I’ve been using it for a few months now and not only does it last age. IT. BLOODY. WORKS. The lines on my forehead have greatly diminished and I had quite a strong frown line between my eyebrows which has pretty much gone? Miracle in a bottle. £5.50 (30ml)

  4. The Ordinary – Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (vegan) – I use this around my eyes which really reduces puffiness, dark circles and makes my eyes feel fresh. £5.80 (30ml)

  5. The Ordinary – Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (vegan) – My skin is quite reddish/ pink in tone, therefore this really reduces the redness and makes my skin feel super smooth. I apply all over my face and neck. £5.00 (30ml)

  6. Samaya – Kapha Anti-Ageing Cream – Samaya is a really cool brand that works out your ideal skincare type by discovering your dosha. A high-end product, but most definitely worth the investment. It’s not too heavy and feels moisturising enough that my skin feels soft and hydrated. £89.00 (50ml)

Evening routine

I usually follow steps 1 – 4 from my morning routine, though I like something heavier at night to really get fully absorbed into my skin when I’m resting and not wearing any make-up during the day.

After step 4 (as above), I then use:

  1. The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (vegan) – I use this 2 – 3 times a week to give my skin a glowy boost. It brightens your skin and fights the signs of aging. £5.90 (30ml)
  2. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (vegan) –  I use this 4 times a week instead of Alpha Lipoic Acid (you shouldn’t use the two together). Another skin brightening lotion. £5.50 (30ml)
  3. Inner senses GLOW facial oil – Smells divine and feels as though it really permeates my skin. Can also be used as daily moisturiser! You really only need a small amount, a little goes a long way. (30ml) £19.00

Other favourites

I also use my favourite facial scrub by LUSH, Angels on Bare Skin (vegan, £7.50 for 100g) about 3 times a week and once/ twice a week treat myself to one of LUSH’s lovely face masks. At the moment I’m using Rosy Cheeks (vegan, £7.50, 75g) as I have quite a rosy complexion, so it really soothes and calms my skin.

What skin care routine do you follow? What products do you use? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


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All opinions and photographs my own. All products bought by me apart from one product gifted in this section which is the moisturiser by Samaya. All tried, tested and loved by me.

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