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10 Best Vegan Moisturisers To Buy Now

Women's Health UK Logo By Charlotte Bitmead of Women's Health UK | Slide 1 of 11: Ethical beauty has gained momentum in recent years as we've all become more aware of the impact our beauty regimes have on the planet. From reducing wastage to recycling used products, there are lots of ways we can all make better choices. Another change you can make is swapping to vegan skincare products. Previously considered not as good as their non-vegan counterparts, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that vegan skincare can actually be just as powerful when it comes to tackling skin concerns such as dehydration, pigmentation and the signs of ageing. Don’t believe us? Well, we put the best vegan formulas to the test and saw some brilliant results. These are our standout vegan moisturisers: Best vegan face creamsBest vegan night cream: Urban Veda Radiance Replenishing Night CreamBest for added glow: Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème Best for softening: Caudalie Firming Cashmere CreamBest for sensitive skin: Garnier Organic Rosy Glow 3in1 Youth CreamBest vegan gel moisturiser : The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping MaskBest vegan night cream for irritated skin: Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night CreamBest vegan anti-ageing day cream: The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Age Renewal Face CreamBest vegan day cream with SPF: Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer SPF30Best for pigmentation: Tropic Skin Dream Age-Defying Firming Cream ConcentrateBest for dry skin: Omorovicza Instant Plumping CreamAre cruelty-free and vegan the same thing?Both are kinder to our furry friends but they don't mean the same thing...If a product is vegan, it means it’s totally free from animal-derived ingredients - think honey, beeswax, squalane, glycerin, collagen and keratin - meanwhile, for something to be cruelty-free, it cannot have been tested on animals at any stage of the production process. Although animal testing has been banned in the UK, there are still some territories that require a product to be tested on animals before it can be sold there. Horrible, we know. To check whether a product is vegan, look out for logos from either Vegan Action, PETA or The Vegan Society, while the Leaping Bunny certification tells you it's cruelty-free. A brand doesn't have to be certified in order to be vegan though (this can be a spenny process). Always check the packaging for vegan claims, or take a look at the ingredients list to be sure. Does vegan retinol actually work?Retinol is the queen of anti-ageing ingredients, but sadly most of the time (not always) it’s not vegan. When a product claims to have a vegan retinol, it’s normally bakuchiol, which is found in the leaves and seeds of a species of plant. It’s been hyped up in the skincare world for delivering the same results we all love about retinol - reducing fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing the skin and helping clear any skin discolourations. Is it as powerful as retinol? No, but it’s a great vegan alternative and gentler than retinoids, so if you're prone to sensitivity, it’s actually a better option. How we test vegan skincareTo find the best vegan skincare products, our panel of 532 testers tried 39 brands of vegan day and night creams for one month. They judged how effective they were at adding moisture, improving fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation, as well as if they made a difference to elasticity, firmness, skin texture and radiance. They also assessed how easy each product was to apply.To qualify for testing, products had to be certified vegan or have a vegan-friendly ingredients list (checked by our experts).Time to reveal our winners...

Ethical beauty has gained momentum in recent years as we've all become more aware of the impact our beauty regimes have on the planet. From reducing wastage to recycling used products, there are lots of ways we can all make better choices.

Another change you can make is swapping to vegan skincare products. Previously considered not as good as their non-vegan counterparts, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that vegan skincare can actually be just as powerful when it comes to tackling skin concerns such as dehydration, pigmentation and the signs of ageing.

Don’t believe us? Well, we put the best vegan formulas to the test and saw some brilliant results.

These are our standout vegan moisturisers:

Best vegan face creams

Are cruelty-free and vegan the same thing?

Both are kinder to our furry friends but they don't mean the same thing...

If a product is vegan, it means it’s totally free from animal-derived ingredients - think honey, beeswax, squalane, glycerin, collagen and keratin - meanwhile, for something to be cruelty-free, it cannot have been tested on animals at any stage of the production process.

Although animal testing has been banned in the UK, there are still some territories that require a product to be tested on animals before it can be sold there. Horrible, we know.

To check whether a product is vegan, look out for logos from either Vegan Action, PETA or The Vegan Society, while the Leaping Bunny certification tells you it's cruelty-free.

A brand doesn't have to be certified in order to be vegan though (this can be a spenny process). Always check the packaging for vegan claims, or take a look at the ingredients list to be sure.

Does vegan retinol actually work?

Retinol is the queen of anti-ageing ingredients, but sadly most of the time (not always) it’s not vegan.

When a product claims to have a vegan retinol, it’s normally bakuchiol, which is found in the leaves and seeds of a species of plant. It’s been hyped up in the skincare world for delivering the same results we all love about retinol - reducing fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing the skin and helping clear any skin discolourations.

Is it as powerful as retinol? No, but it’s a great vegan alternative and gentler than retinoids, so if you're prone to sensitivity, it’s actually a better option.

How we test vegan skincare

To find the best vegan skincare products, our panel of 532 testers tried 39 brands of vegan day and night creams for one month.

They judged how effective they were at adding moisture, improving fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation, as well as if they made a difference to elasticity, firmness, skin texture and radiance. They also assessed how easy each product was to apply.

To qualify for testing, products had to be certified vegan or have a vegan-friendly ingredients list (checked by our experts).

Time to reveal our winners...

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