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We all depend on a daily skin care routine that involves moisturizer! It is the cornerstone of all beauty regimes…
It’s pretty important then to find a cruelty free moisturizer that works for both you and the environment. All in support of positive, healthy and environmentally conscious choices when it comes to buying the best body care products.
So, attention, all animal lovers: options for cruelty-free beauty brands have grown considerably in the past decade. In fact, finding products that don’t test on our furry friends has never been easier, with both indie and big-name brands pledging cruelty free. It’s finally becoming the standard, thanks to more people migrating to vegan and plant-based lifestyles, and thereby demanding animal-friendly options in the beauty space, too.
Therefore, the cruelty-free beauty selection has never looked better, either: It’s chic, cool, and inclusive, with makeup, skin-care, and hair-care options for folks of all different backgrounds. What’s more, you have both drugstore and high-end products to choose from, so whether you’re on a budget or big into splurging, there’s an abundance of excellent cruelty-free picks that will work for your highlighter, skin care, and lipstick.
We’ve made a list of the best cruelty free moisturizers that are to change the way your skin looks and feels. Continue to read on more about these amazing moisturizers!
Water Cream Moisturizer
Tatcha’s moisturizer is one of the bestsellers at Sephora. So yeah, it is that good. Also, this Water Cream is Allure Reader’s Choice 2020 Award Winner. You’ll love it if you have oily skin. It is a lightweight, nourishing cream which moisturizes your skin deep within. It feels great on your skin, and can be worn under makeup perfectly. There is no greasiness or stickiness, which is amazing. The scent is quite pleasant. It is also oil-free and a great anti-aging cruelty-free moisturizer that contains Japanese nutrients. If you have dull skin and visible pores, do give this one a try. It’s also a great choice for combination skin, or acne prone skin.
Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream
Go for this one if you’re on the normal to dry skin side. It provides immense hydration to the skin by melting into the skin effortlessly and giving it a healthy glow. It consists of the goodness of peptides, ceramide & amino acids.
This helps to soften the texture of skin while simultaneously reducing the appearance of fine lines. It goes on smoothly and hydrates from within. The fragrance has slight notes of eucalyptus. It’s dermatologist tested and a non-comedogenic formula that doesn’t weigh down your skin.
Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream is for people with mature skin. You can also use it as a night cream. It is light and won’t weigh your skin down. This Bare Minerals moisturizer is smooth and effective, so give it a try and your skin might just love it!
Brightening Day Cream
Made with cica and argan oil, Acure’s Brightening Day Cream is the perfect facial moisturizer to use for those who feel their skin needs an extra boost. This moisturizer helps brighten your face overall. It also evens out your skin tone and really helps fight any dullness.
Acure’s Brightening Day Cream, while cruelty-free, is also made without any sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, mineral oils, or petrolatum. So, it’s also an amazing moisturizer to use for those who want something without all these toxins!
Verdict: Best cruelty-free day moisturizer for those who need to fight dullness!
Juice Beauty is an amazing organic skincare and makeup brand that many beauty bloggers and experts adore. Their Antioxidant Moisturizer is one of their best-selling products, and for good reason.
Not only does it have age-defying ingredients — it is also perfect for all skin types! You can apply this amazing moisturizer to your face, neck, and decollate to help fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Verdict: Best age-defying natural moisturizer for all skin types
Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer
We’ve talked about Juice Beauty already, as this is their second moisturizer on this list. The brand is that great! This specific moisturizer is a little bit more high quality than the one we previously talked about, and we’ll tell you why.
Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer is incredibly expensive, but well worth every penny spent. Vegan and cruelty-free, this moisturizer was created to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and boy does it deliver!
This moisturizer also helps improve the overall appearance of your skin, increasing brightness and luminosity, and greatly hydrates your skin. Basically, this moisturizer just helps make your skin feel and look 110% better than it did yesterday.
Verdict: Best organic moisturizer that improves your skin with immediate, amazing results!
Malibu Blemish Balm Organic Moisturizer
Have acne-prone skin and looking for a moisturizer that actually helps?
Look no further! Osea Malibu’s Blemish Balm Moisturizer was created for those who have acne. It both targets present blemishes, while also helping any future breakouts that you may experience.
It also helps reduce redness (which is common with acne-prone skin), soothes any irritation, and minimize your overall appearance of pores!
Beauty Soothing Daily Moisturizer
Honest Beauty is an incredibly comprehensive beauty company that produces incredibly high-quality products. Their skincare line is no different. Their Soothing Daily Moisturizer does exactly what it says it does in the title — it soothes! Fragrance-free and cruelty-free, this moisturizer is especially perfect for those with very sensitive skin.
Specifically, this moisturizer helps skin that is feeling a bit stressed. It’s made for those who are using acne treatments and need instant relief.
Verdict: Best natural and organic moisturizer for those using acne treatments.
Atmosphere Protection Cream
Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream is an amazing day moisturizer to use before you go out and start your day.
It was specifically made to help keep your skin safe from pollution, making it the perfect moisturizer for those who live in the city. However, it also helps skin from dehydration, as it greatly hydrates! Plus, it’s made with organic seaweed!
Verdict: Best moisturizer for those looking to protect their skin from pollution.
Youth to the People
Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisture Cream
Another amazing clean skincare brand that customers have consistently raved about, Youth to the People is Clean at Sephora and absolutely amazing. Their whole line of skincare products is made from all-natural ingredients, leaving them perfect for those with sensitive skin!
Their Kale + Spinach Green Tea Moisture Cream is packed with superfoods to help fight fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, and any loss of firmness or elasticity. This moisturizer is pretty lightweight and great for all skin types.
Verdict: Best natural moisturizer that’s full of green, lovely superfoods!
Organic Essential Serum Skin Balm
Both a face and body butter, Kari Gran’s Essential Serum Skin Balm is cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, and organic! This moisturizer was created for all skin types as a go-to for those looking to lock in moisture and help with dehydrated skin. While you can use this lotion all over, its especially useful in more delicate areas, such as around your eyes, on dry patches on your neck, or even on your lips!
Verdict: Best organic moisturizer that you can use in various areas (face, body, and lips!)
Organics Intense Defense with Vitamin C Moisturizer
Looking for a little more Vitamin C in your life? Look no further! Avalon Organics’ Intense Defense with Vitamin C Moisturizer is wonderful for many reasons.
It helps give you skin some much needed vitamin C, while also brightening your overall complexion. It’s an amazing moisturizer to use for those who want to combat signs of premature aging!
Verdict: Best organic and cruelty-free moisturizer that helps with premature signs of aging.
So. as you begin your search for cruelty-free facial moisturizers, it’s important to understand exactly what you need to look for prior to actually purchasing a product. This list above can help! These products are all cruelty-free and all pretty amazing.
Looking for more tips for cruelty-free shopping?
First of all, it really helps to understand brands prior to purchasing their items. Look online to see if they’re 100% cruelty-free. If they’re not, steer clear!
There are more than a few skincare brands that state they don’t test on animals, yet also don’t state that they are 100% cruelty-free. Stay away from these brands, too! They can’t say they are 100% because they make exceptions to testing on animals, even though they state that they don’t do this.
Before all else, it just really helps to do your research prior to hitting your favorite store or the mall. You want to know exactly what you’re buying and where they stand. And sometimes, it’s hard to do this when you’re in the shopping mode and simply want to buy a cool moisturizer!
Overall, there are so many amazing moisturizers from this list to choose from. Hopefully, we’ve helped you narrow down what moisturizer you’ll use next!
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Fatma, born in the Netherlands and currently living in Beirut, is a mother of three.
After studying law and working in the corporate field for years, she knew that her passion was elsewhere. Her dream was to own a clinic for non-invasive beauty treatments, which led her to become a certified beauty therapist.
For years she was the co-owner of a beauty clinic in Beirut – Lebanon, and is co-founder of YIVINA where she is also the Director of Content Development.