Be Kind to Your Skin, Be Kind to Animals – 4 Cruelty Free Cleansers

Happy Wednesday! Time for another mid-week blog and this week I will be talking about some cruelty free cleansers. While we are on the topic of skincare, my skin over the past couple of weeks has not been great. My pores have been enlarged and I have been having quite bad breakouts, all thanks to the wonderful mother nature!

For anyone suffering with PMS, make sure you are kind to yourself. Some of my top tips for tackling periods are:

  • Chamomile Tea
  • Hot water bottle (obviously)!!!
  • Chocolate
  • Lots of water
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Nice long showers
  • Fresh pj’s
  • Looking after your skin

Now I am over my period rant, I’m going to discuss four fabulous cleansers I have used, each great for different things, but the one thing they do have in common is that they are cruelty free!

1) First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

Cruelty free? YES
Vegan? Not entirely. Some products use animal derived ingredients like honey and bees wax.
Price? £15.00
Where can I buy? Look Fantastic
How to apply: Massage into the skin and then rinse with warm water or use a hot cloth – use twice daily!
Best for? Removing excess dirt and oil.

This cleanser is fabulous for removing makeup and dirt – you don’t even have to use a make-up wipe before using this product which is great! It’s perfect for sensitive skin and contains a PH-balanced formula to smooth out imperfections. It has always left my skin feeling really smooth and fresh after use, but I wouldn’t say it is my go-to during breakouts.

2) OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Cruelty free? YES
Vegan? Most products are – some OSKIA anti-ageing products contain milk peptides.
Price? £11.20
Where can I buy? Beauty Bay
How to apply: Massage over dry skin and rinse thoroughly with water or a hot cloth – repeat twice daily!
Best for? Illuminating the skin.

This is a really cool cleanser, which I actually got in my ASOS advent calendar. Believe me when I say, this cleanser is the KEY to illuminating your skin! It’s suitable for all skin types and transforms from gel to oil upon application. It feels great on the skin, and its vitamin rich ingredients help draw out impurities and even out the complexion. Continued use will be sure to leave your skin looking brighter, for a very reasonable price.

3) Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Cruelty free? YES
Vegan? Like the others, most products are indeed vegan BUT certain Mario Badescu products do contain animal-derived products like honey and bees wax so read the labels!
Price? £13.00
Where can I buy? Beauty Bay
How to apply: Massage onto wet skin and rinse with warm water twice daily.
Best for? Clearing up breakouts.

Having a bad skin day/week/month? Well, I have your solution! This cleanser is my saviour when my breakouts are really bad. Suitable for all skin types, this non-foaming cleanser gently exfoliates the skin without drying it out and, with continued use, clears up breakouts and imperfections. I have been using Mario Badescu products for a few years now, and they really are unrivaled when it comes to acne treatment. They also do an amazing drying lotion, which you can read about here!

4) Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser

Cruelty free? YES
Vegan? YES
Price? £2.93
Where can I buy? Superdrug
How to apply: Massage into your face and neck in circular motions then rinse the cloth (which comes with it) under hot water and use to polish out the skin. Splash the face with cold water to close the pores and then dry – twice daily.
Best for? Cheap all rounder for all skin types.

This genuinely could be me saving the best ’til last here. Infused with plant extracts, vitamin c and cocoa butter, this cleanser smells great and feels great! After application, my skin always feels really soft and looks bright. The price is incredible and it comes with a muslin cloth for removal – if you’re looking for a cheap, vegan, cruelty free product which really works, this is the product you need. I will definitely be trying some more products from the Superdrug skincare range.

Honestly? Being a girl can be hard sometimes. Actually, being human is hard. Life definitely throws challenges at us, and during this, we need to remember to be kind to ourselves and to each other. Take time out if you’re feeling stressed; have a breather, make a cup of tea (the most British thing I have ever said) and read a book or watch your favourite TV show. As I have mentioned before, I am trying really hard not to portray a picture-perfect image of myself on this blog; while it’s primarily a beauty blog, I don’t want to be reinforcing instagram-esque ideas of looking your best 24/7. At the moment, I am in my boyfriend’s dressing gown, with hair that REALLY needs a wash, zero makeup and eyebrows that are beyond saving. My skin has been pretty rubbish too (see below), but sharing this has been therapeutic for me, so thank you!

Have an amazing week, and I’ll be back again soon with another post! xxx

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