You don't need to follow a plant-based diet to reap the rewards of vegan products! Calm your face down using these natural makeup and skincare essentials
20 Vegan Beauty Products For Sensitive Skin
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Ever have those days where no matter what you put on your skin, it just looks red and flaky? Whether it’s due to a bad product, gross weather, or naturally sensitive skin, all you care about it getting a remedy in your pores ASAP. Before you start digging through your beauty cabinet, listen up: According to Dr. David Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York, adding vegan beauty products to your beauty routine may be beneficial for those with easily irritated skin. “Sensitive skin can be easily irritated or allergy prone due to certain more traditionally used ingredients. Vegan products, like a moisturizer, would be much less likely to include these ingredients and irritate your skin,” explains Dr. Bank. Thankfully, there are plenty of natural, beloved beauty finds that jump-start your vegan regimen—even for those who aren't sticking to a plant-based diet.
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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
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While some people avoid oils like the plague thanks to their fear of oily skin, the right amount can keep skin hydrated all day long. The 100% Pure Argan Oil Light by Josie Maran ($96; josiemarancosmetics.com) provides instant hydration without a shiny finish, and, as a bonus, can do wonders for dull hair.
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Acure Day Cream
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Hydrating your skin with a moisturizer is the most important part of any beauty routine. Acure’s Day Cream ($17; acureorganics.com) uses all organic ingredients to create the ultimate face cream, designed to fight environmental damage, support collagen, and provide mega hydration.
tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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Sunscreen is a must regardless of the weather, but spraying all of those chemicals on your skin or rubbing them into your face could lead to major irritation. Protect your skin the natural way with Tarte’s tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion ($32; tartecosmetics.com). Not only are you getting a full coverage natural sunscreen, but it's undetectable underneath your makeup—and smells amazing to boot. (It was also featured in our recent Sun Awards as one of the 20 Sun Products to Help Protect Your Skin.)
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
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Active charcoal is the latest beauty trend for clear skin, and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores ($25; sephora.com) is the best way to start unclogging. This mask only has two ingredients, Activated Charcoal and White China Clay, to give your skin a deep detox without adding any harsh chemical residue.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
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Drunk Elephant is a great vegan brand to add a little luxury into your daily routine. Their Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($72; drunkelephant.com) is known as “rehab for your skin,” and it’s chock full of antioxidants that help hydrate skin and keep it looking firm, youthful, and flawless.
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Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum
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The right serum is like a superfood for the skin, providing all of the health benefits needed to keep it looking young, bright, and even. Tata Harper's Concentrated Brightening Serum ($220; tataharperskincare.com), designed to rapidly boost skin renewal and help to lighten dark spots, promises results in as quick as 24 hours after use.
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Grown Alchemist Eye Makeup Remover
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It's important to take care of your skin when applying products, but what about when you take them off? You should be removing every last bit of makeup, but you also want to avoid leaving chemicals from your favorite removers on your skin. Grown Alchemist’s Eye-Makeup Remover ($23; grownalchemist.com) is loaded with healthy ingredients to dissolve mascara and makeup while protecting eyes against aging and dryness.
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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream
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It's hard enough to find the perfect foundation, but finding one that uses all natural ingredients to provide full coverage can seem impossible. Juice Beauty is the perfect brand for vegan beauty gurus who don’t want to rock the no-makeup look. Their Stem Cellular CC Cream ($39; juicebeauty.com) gives flawless, natural-looking coverage while improving skin’s elasticity.
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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar
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A bold lip color can make or break your look, and, regardless of where you’re going, you’ll want that color to last all day. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a favorite brand among beauty bloggers thanks to their Lip Tar collections ($18; occmakeup.com). Available in metallic, matte, and stained gloss finishes, these lip stains provide intense pigmentation with fading. To top it off, they contain hemp oil and vitamin E to keep your lips moisturized.
100% Pure Caffeine Mask
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Facial masks are the latest beauty trend for detoxifying skin and making it glow, but you can’t detox if your mask is full of junk. 100% Pure's Caffeine Mask ($7; 100percentpure.com) is made mostly of water in order to properly hydrate skin. What little plant-based ingredients they include are great for restoring sun damage and calming redness. (See more of The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Condition.)
Bottega Organica Relaxing Eye Mist
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If your eye area is super sensitive, consider this product a must-have. The Relaxing Eye Mist by Bottega Organica ($38; bottegaorganica.com) uses a blend of natural waters and extracts to sooth irritated lids and the under eye area while providing major anti-aging benefits. Think of it as putting cucumbers over your eyes, without the kitchen prep time.
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FIG + YARROW Complexion Waters
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In order to make sure skin is properly hydrated, it's important to dampen your face with water before applying moisturizer, so the product can help the water soak into the skin. Fig + Yarrow’s line of Complexion Waters ($34; figandyarrow.com) are perfect for spritzing.
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Osmia Organics Spot Treatment
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As if breakouts weren’t bad enough, dealing with dry patches over your pimples can make wearing makeup a challenge. Using natural acne spot treatments, like the Spot Treatment from Osmia Organics ($22; osmiaorganics.com), reduces the likelihood of blemishes getting crusty as they heal.
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Captain Blankenship The Days at Sea Dry Shampoo
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Your scalp is another place that can get irritated by harsh ingredients, and it’s hard to rock a new hairstyle when it looks like you just came out of the snow. The Days at Sea Dry Shampoo by Captain Blankenship ($12; captainblankenship.com) gets rid of excess grease and creates volume the natural way, while leaving behind nothing but a fresh, floral scent. (Before applying, learn How to Use Dry Shampoo In Any Sitch.)
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Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream
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Finding a natural deodorant with the staying powder of a mainstream brand can be tough, especially if you struggle with underarm sensitivity. The Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet ($14; meowmeowtweet.com) is a natural fix to any and all embarrassing armpit problems, using plant oils and butters to keep skin smooth and odor-free without clogging pores or adding on harsh chemicals.
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Alima Pure Radiant Finishing Powder
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All-in-one beauty products can be total lifesavers for busy women, but not many of them feature all-natural products. Alima Pure’s Radiant Finishing Powder ($20; alimapure.com) is a blush, bronzer, highlighter, and finishing powder made entirely out of minerals. It makes creating the perfect contour or giving off a subtle glow without layering or using chemically-produced products easy.
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Skinnyskinny Cleanser Organic Face Wash
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Part of the reason you could be flaking out is because harsh ingredients are over-stripping your skin. Skinnyskinny’s The Cleanser Organic Face Wash ($25; skinnyskinny.com) provides just the right amount of cleanser to keep skin clean, but doesn’t overdo it. This product is heaven-sent for those who get irritated from their normal cleanser.
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LURK BB 11 Perfume Oil
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The struggle is real for people who love summer scents but whose skin can’t handle them. LURK creates all-natural perfume oils, like their BB 11 Perfume Oil ($55; lurkmade.com), that not only keep sensitive skin from getting irritated, but last longer than your typical perfume sprays thanks to their high-quality oils.
Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture
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Nothing freshens up a summer look like a fresh manicure, but if your nails feel weak and break often, you may feel bad about loading them up with polish. Lauren B. Beauty is a vegan nail polish line that provides luxury color and sheen without any chemicals. Their shade Clueless in 90210 is the perfect summer pink ($18; laurenbbeauty.com). (Want more green goodies? Check out these 7 Natural Beauty Products That Actually Work.)
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Au Naturale Organic Crème Bronzer Stick
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Consider bronzer your genie-in-a-bottle makeup product. A few swipes under your cheekbones, and your face appears instantly slimmer and healthier. Au Naturale’s Organic Crème Bronzer Stick ($32, Au Naturale) is the gluten-free, vegan-friendly way to get a sun-kissed glow free of parabens and harmful chemicals.
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