What is Vegan Skincare? A Cosmetic Scientist’s Guide

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Want to start making more planet-conscious choices with your beauty regime? Say hello to vegan skincare! 

You may not realize, but many beauty products on the market contain animal-derived ingredients, making them vegan unfriendly. It can be a bit of a minefield trying to discover vegan skincare range that actually works well for your skin. 

Well, the search is over! At Revolution Skincare, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to vegan skincare, helping you to make the switch! 

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What is Vegan Skincare?

First of all, what makes vegan skincare, well… vegan? 

For a skincare product (or any product really) to be considered vegan, it must contain zero ingredients that derive from animals. This can be anything from milk and honey, to Collagen and some AHAs. 

What Does ‘Vegan Skincare’ Mean? Is it Cruelty-Free?

Are you concentrating? Because this is where it gets a little confusing. 

  • Vegan skincare means the ingredients don’t come from animals. 
  • Cruelty-free skincare means the products aren’t tested on animals. 

This means that on the market, not all cruelty-free skincare is vegan, and that technically, not all vegan skincare is cruelty-free. 

To make things much simpler, the entirety of Revolution’s brands and ranges are ALL cruelty-free. Always have been and always will be.  

We’re certificated PETA and never allow animal testing at any stage of development for both ingredients and final products. 

Why Choose Vegan Skincare?

So what are the perks of going vegan with your skincare?  

1. Great for Animals

It almost goes without saying, but vegan, cruelty-free skincare is much kinder on the animal kingdom. 

When choosing our vegan skincare, your conscious will be completely clear knowing that no animals or animal-derived ingredients went into our products and that no creatures were harmed during the process. 

2. Kinder to Skin

Many vegan skincare ingredient alternatives are plant-based, so rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamin goodness.  

The alternative ingredients are also often much gentler on our skin, making vegan skincare well-suited for all you sensitive skin babes.  

3. Good for the Environment

Similar to the meat industry, the animal-based beauty industry can have a negative impact on the planet, causing air pollution, water pollution, and deforestation. 

We’re proud that all of our suppliers must be committed to achieving the highest standard of environmental management, giving you great peace of mind when choosing our vegan skincare, and our other beauty ranges.  

Best Vegan Skincare

Ready to live your best plant-based life? Check out our top vegan, cruelty-free skincare picks! 

With our ultimate goal being to make the entire Revolution Skincare range vegan, there are already so many products to choose from, allowing you to build a routine that suits your skin perfectly. You can shop the entire vegan skincare range below! 

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Best Vegan Cleansers

At Revolution Skincare, we’re proud to showcase a wide range of vegan cleansers suited to a variety of skin types.  

Whether you have dry skin, or are prone to acne, our gentle, vegan formulas work to deeply cleanse the skin, removing dirt and excess oils, without stripping away moisture. 

Check out some of our favorites below! 

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Best Vegan Toner

A facial toner in your skincare routine sets the stage for further products to work their magic. It not only preps and primes, but also delivers soothing ingredients to help target whatever skin concern you’re dealing with. 

From extra exfoliation, or a boost of hydration, here are some of our best vegan toners to include in your routine: 

Best Vegan Serum

Want to give your skin a boost in the right direction? Feeling like it needs some extra TLC?  

Discover some of our best vegan serums. Perfect for enhancing hydration, smoothing texture and balancing oil, choose the perfect serum for your skin type for great skin (and great peace of mind!). 

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Best Vegan Eye Cream 

The skin around our eyes is extremely delicate, so a gentle, vegan eye cream is a must for keeping that skin hydrated and healthy.  

Whether you’re worried about dark circles or fine lines, Revolution Skincare have got you covered with a multitude of vegan eye creams designed to brighten, plump and revitalize those eyes! 

Best Vegan Moisturizer

Moisturizer is key, no matter your skin type. Ensuring skin is well hydrated has countless benefits, from keeping wrinkles at bay to improving tone and texture. 

With this in mind, Revolution Skincare have developed a range of vegan moisturizers to suit a full variety of skin types! Here are just a few of our favorites: 

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Best Vegan Face Masks and Skin Peels

Whether it’s an intense weekly peeling solution you’re after, or a nourishing vegan face mask for a pamper night, discover our vegan, cruelty-free range of skincare treatments! 

Whatever your skin type or specific concern, our kind, vegan formulas are packed with the vitamins and minerals needed to keep skin healthy and glowing! 

Expert Tip: Read the product guidance carefully. Only use the products as often as is advised to avoid irritation. 

Best Vegan Lip Care

Now we mustn’t slack on our lip care, especially during the colder months! 

Finding vegan lip care can be difficult, as many brands use animal derived products in their formulas. Luckily for you, we’ve taken away all the guesswork with our range of totally vegan, cruelty-free lip care, including balms, scrubs and oils! 

Shop some of our faves below: 


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