15 Vegan Beauty Products That Are Ethical and Effective

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Being vegan isn't always limited to the foods you eat—the beauty products you use can play a role too. Google Beauty Trends Reports continue to highlight the growth of vegan skin care according to key words in the search engine, and more beauty brands than ever are going green and clean.

So what exactly constitutes a vegan beauty product? The main attribute is that it's not formulated with animal byproducts: think fish scales, emu oil, shark cartilage, gelatin, etc. Typically, it's also cruelty-free, which means it's not tested on animals, and either organic or natural in terms of ingredients.

From sunscreens to serums, these 15 products are not only ethical, but also incredibly effective. 

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Versed Skincare Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream ($15)

The perfect moisturizer if you want to keep your skin hydrated but don’t like the feel of traditional creams, this lightweight, jelly-like formula absorbs instantly for a never-greasy finish. Sodium hyaluronate (similar to hyaluronic acid) and aloe leaf juice pump moisture into skin as antioxidants from green tea help soothe and fight against the effects of free radicals.

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Orosa Pure Cover Nail Paint in Clementine ($12)

Thicker than conventional at-home nail polishes, this vegan, cruelty-free formula goes on opaque and creamy, and won't chip for up to seven days. Punchy, warm Clementine looks good on all skin tones and has the perfect undertones to be worn throughout every season.

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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.

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Alexandra Wagner White Tiger Foaming Cleanser ($70)

Celebrity aesthetician Alexandra Wagner hit the mark with this silky foaming cleanser that simultaneously brightens and hydrates with white turmeric, tiger grass plant stem cells and a concentrated blend of botanical extracts. It's the ultimate in luxury vegan beauty and deserves a coveted spot on your beauty shelf.



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Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Intense Satin ($34)

One of the prettiest lipsticks we've ever seen—the lip glosses are gorgeous too—this cruelty-free, eight-free formula (no parabens, surfactants, phthalates, metalloestrogen, oxybenzone, formaldehyde, artificial fragrance, or animal-derived ingredients) delivers high-impact pigment in a smooth, satiny finish that lasts.

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Alchimie Forever Soothing Body Lotion ($49)

The latest addition to the brand's body-care collection, this rich, but not too rich, botanical-based lotion provides instant relief for dry, irritated skin; antioxidants from green tea and rosemary help improve tone and texture so signs of aging soften over time.

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

One of my absolute favorite moisturizers (it smells and feels so good on my skin), 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. 

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jane iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation ($44)

Semi-matte with a weightless feel, this powder foundation provides broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection—it's water resistant for up to 40 minutes—while shielding the skin from environmental pollutants and softening pores and fine lines. Plus, it comes in 26 shades and has an eco-friendly refillable compact, so you can feel good cutting back on packaging. 


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

This SPF 30 spray is free of chemicals, so you can get healthier, reef-safe sun protection via zinc oxide, but don't expect the typical chalky white residue—this formula spritzes out evenly and transparent. Also, how beachy and fun is the packaging?

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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. 


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Lush Therapy ($13)

This ultra-moisturizing, cocoa and shea butter–infused massage bar has created quite the cult following with moms-to-be, who praise it for leaving their baby bumps soothed and softened during pregnancy, while also helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. In some cases, women say it's helped prevent their stretch marks entirely. 


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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.


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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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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.


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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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