10 Vegan Beauty Products That Are Ethical and Effective

Food isn't the only thing that's on a vegan's shopping list—beauty products are important too. According to a Beauty Trends Report published by Google, vegan skin care was labeled a "U.S. Spotlight Trend" for 2017 and the category has grown by 83 percent year over year in the U.S. 

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So what exactly constitutes a vegan product? The main attribute is that it's not formulated with animal by-products (fish scales, emu oil, shark cartilage, gelatin, etc). Additionally, it is almost always cruelty-free, which means it's not tested on animals, and either organic or natural in terms of ingredients.

From anti-aging serum to body lotion, these 10 products are not only ethical, but also incredibly effective. 


SpaRitual Passionfruit Agave Vegan Nourishing Sugar Scrub ($50)

One whiff of this sweet- and fruity-scented body scrub and you'll be hooked. It gets rid of dead skin for a silky-smooth feel while transforming your routine shower into a spa-like experience. But, it's limited-edition, so get yours before it sells out!


Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 ($16)

This just-launched SPF—you can find it exclusively at Target later this month—is free of chemicals, so you get healthy sun protection via zinc oxide in a transparent spray that doesn't leave behind a chalky white residue. Plus, how pretty is the packaging? #beachbagstaple


Teadora Anti-Pollution Facial Mist ($38)

Fair-trade sourced, sustainably harvested and cruelty-free—it's formulated with antioxidant-rich vitamins and superfruits—this mist instantly refreshes your skin, especially when it's feeling dry (keep it in your desk at work for a midday pick-me-up). And there's a bonus: With the purchase of every product, Teadora helps support sustainable agriculture in Brazil to help stop rainforest deforestation.

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Youth to the People Age Prevention Moisture Cream ($48)

One of the best moisturizers I've used in a long time (it also smells good), this vegan formula is whipped and airy and provides all skin types with instant refreshment. Chock-full of superfoods—kale, spinach and green tea—it floods skin with free radical–fighting ingredients to minimize signs of aging, as well as a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid to leave skin feeling hydrated all day long. 


Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Thermal Detox Warming Cleansing Mask ($49)

New from Christie Brinkley comes this creamy, deep-cleansing mask that uses natural exfoliants like oat kernel flour and apple extract to draw all the gunk out of your pores, leaving your complexion looking smoother and more radiant. Apply a thin layer and leave it on for up to three minutes. Next, wet your fingertips and massage the mask into your skin (you will feel it heat up), then rinse. It's basically a mini spa treatment from the comfort of your own bathroom.


Trust Fund Beauty Gimme Good Face Primer ($25)

Finding a good vegan primer can be a challenge, but this one does not disappoint. A thin layer gives you filtered-looking skin without the use of any potentially toxic ingredients—fine lines and large pores are blurred and makeup goes on much smoother.


Ahava Mineral Radiance Cleansing Gel ($25)

Oil-free and gentle on skin, this cleanser strips dirt and potentially irritating pollutants (microscopic bits of smoke, acid and soot that float around in the atmosphere) from your complexion without removing the good-for-your-skin oils that keep it looking youthful. We like the way it leaves skin feeling soft—never dry—and the fresh, feminine scent. 


Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil ($40)

With a list of skin benefits that includes improving firmness and elasticity, evening out splotchiness and nourishing dry patches, it's no wonder this Andean rose hip–infused oil is the brand's best-seller. Apply it at night and let it work its magic while you sleep to wake up to clearer skin with a just-got-back-from-vacation glow.


The Body Shop Mango Softening Whipped Lotion ($13)

If you're looking for the perfect body lotion for summertime and "vegan" is on your checklist, look no further than this lightweight pick from The Body Shop. Skin stays moisturized—never greasy—and super smooth thanks to Indian mango seed oil, and the tropical scent is heavenly (think creamsicle, but mango instead of orange) and actually lasts on your skin throughout the day. 

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Gaffer & Child Hydrating Serum ($34)

It seems like everyone is using serums now, whether they're layering them underneath creams or using them alone—they're some of the best ways to give your skin the ingredients it needs to look healthy, glowy and youthful. This moisturizing one is packed with organic argan oil (a skin care superhero for keeping wrinkles at bay), and lycopene, which helps lighten sunspots. And, not only is the formula a winner, but every purchase assists in PETA's work to stop animal abuse and suffering.