Our beauty routines should be fun, uplifting and playful. You know what is not fun? Animal testing done by cosmetic brands. Thankfully, we live in an era where many brands understand that there is a growing demand for cruelty-free beauty products. This month, I have picked three of my personal favorite items that I use on my own skin on a regular basis.
I love this oil! All you need is 5 drops for your whole face. Its has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, and it has resveratrol, a powerful, anti-aging antioxidant. And it smells amazing! The clove and cinnamon aromas are reminiscent of holiday spiced cookies. I love this brand, this is the brand I use in my professional back bar, and it is the brand that I recommend to all my clients. They do not specify on their website or products (yet) that they are cruelty-free, but I have confirmed it with their trainers and managers. I did work for them as a freelancer for a few years, so I learned about their practices and I approve. *applause*
First a face oil, now a hair oil 🙂 I don’t spend too much time thinking about my hair, it just grows out of head. So I hardly ever wash it. I have frizzy ethnic hair and it just looks better and cooperates when its dirty. On the rare occasion that I do wash my hair, I just add this oil to calm the frizz. A little goes a long way, and I only apply it on the ends (my hair is long so just like the bottom half gets oiled up with this). AG is an amazing all vegan and cruelty-free brand.
I recommend this product ALL THE TIME. Its a very gentle exfoliant for all the people who think they’re “too sensitive” for exfoliation (side note- everyone needs to exfoliate their skin, or else all the dead skin just piles up and your skin cannot absorb any hydration or anything else if its all dead. Exfoliating increases the cell turnover rate meaning your skin renews much faster when you regularly exfoliate). I was first introduced to this product over 12 years ago, and I keep coming back to it because its so effective at brightening and smoothing the epidermis. Dermalogica pulled out of the China market because of animal testing. I applaud this brand for putting values before profits.
These are my three picks for the month, all of these products I personally use and love. Make sure to check for the different cruelty free logos when you’re purchasing and supporting beauty brands, and if there is no logo, a quick internet search can help you with your decisions. Make sure to avoid brands like Benefit cosmetics, Kerastase, Bumble and Bumble, and Nars. These brands use misleading words to confuse their consumers into believing they are cruelty free. If its sold in China, they are automatically not cruelty-free. Check out this blog post from a fellow blogger who explains the difference between the cruelty-free logos. Also, check out my other monthly cruelty-free beauty picks.