Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty
Although it’s only February, I’ve been doing a lot of wishful thinking about my summer plans. Even if (*touch wood*) the UK lockdown continues, I still plan on spending as much time as possible basking in the sun. In better scenarios, I’ll be heading out of the country faster than you can say ‘Boris Johnson reopened the borders’. Finding cruelty free and vegan skincare and makeup with SPF sun protection is a key part of these plans.
(Ideally, obviously, you want to use broad spectrum* sun protection on any skin exposed to the sun.)
*the type of sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays
I’ve rounded up some of my favourite tried-and-tested moisturisers, tinted moisturisers and foundations with SPF protection, to give you extra peace of mind. I also find (and again I don’t recommend going out in the sun without full sun protection), that they’re ideal to use throughout the summer, to keep you protected on quick trips out or on days that you forget to wear full sunscreen.
Cruelty Free & Vegan Moisturisers with SPF
I find the name of this vegan Nip + Fab SPF moisturiser a tiny bit misleading. I first read it thinking it had glycolic acid in it (which I thought was strange). What ‘post-glycolic fix’ actually means, when you read it properly, is that it aims to fix the one big downside to using glycolic acid: sun sensitivity. Nip + Fab’s cruelty free (and sometimes vegan) skincare focuses heavily on skin treatments, so it’s only fitting that they’ve formulated this SPF 30 vegan moisturiser to “bring comfort and protection after using products containing glycolic acid”.
This Nip + Fab vegan moisturiser is advertised as a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser that hydrates the skin whilst helping to control excess oil build up.
Best for: people with a specialised skin routine
This SPF moisturiser is by B., Superdrug’s 100% vegan and cruelty free skincare range. B. has four ‘phases’ of skincare aimed at different age groups, and this day cream with SPF 15 is aimed at 30-40 year olds. As well as sun protection, it also contains anti-ageing ingredients including tetrapeptide and hyaluronic acid with clinically proven results. It comes in a gorgeous glass jar, and is currently part of Superdrug’s promotion on 50% off B. Skincare.
Best for: those on a budget
Pai is a relatively new brand to me. They are certified 100% vegan and cruelty free, and all of their products are designed and made in London. This moisturiser offers broad spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays) thanks to zinc oxide, a natural, reef-friendly ingredient. It also contains cotton extract to help skin recover from sun damage.
This vegan moisturiser also contains blue-light & infra-red protection. Although it doesn’t come in cheap at £29 per bottle, it’s extensive protection for your skin is well worth it if it’s within your price range. Pai also let you know how you can recycle their packaging.
Best for: people looking for all-round protection
Cruelty Free & Vegan Foundations with SPF
Evolve is a cruelty free and vegan skincare brand close to my heart! I’ve used their products for quite some time, and I love love love them. In fact, I did a full review of this vegan tinted moisturiser with sun protection. Read my full review of Evolve’s Climate Veil Tinted SPF 20 Moisturiser here. This moisturiser contains non-nano zinc oxide, just like the Nip + Fab moisturiser above, to deliver reef-safe broad spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Best for: subtle colour with high SPF
This bareMinerals vegan foundation with SPF15 protection has been my holy grail for a long time. I always find myself coming back to it when I’m looking for a high-coverage foundation. It’s a loose powder, but don’t let that fool you! It’s high-coverage, non-cakey, and isn’t even drying. They say it’s makeup so pure you can sleep in it, but it’s still not something I would recommend!
I went to a bareMinerals in a boots store to get my complimentary foundation shade consultation. It was love at first sight, and I’ve repurchased this more than once. Although it is expensive, at £29 a pot, it honestly lasts such a long time. It is well worth the investment, and great to know I have an extra level of sun protection when I’m wearing this.
Best for: those looking for high-coverage
Before I discovered bareMinerals, this vegan Gosh #FoundationDrops foundation was my holy grail. I still swear by it, and would happily wear this foundation again. It’s totally weightless and perfect for problem skin (which I had at the time). Although it’s only SPF10, it’s better than nothing and useful if you’re looking for low-key protection. At just £14, this is the most affordable foundation on this list!
Best for: those on a budget
This vegan foundation by Tarte is hailed as a weightless medium-coverage foundation. With SPF15, it’s perfect for everyday wear. It is water-based and five-free, and contains “antioxidant protection and pollutant defence with marine plant extracts”. Again, at £33, this isn’t the cheapest foundation on the market.
Best for: those looking for a lightweight, water-based formula