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The Best Vegan Skincare UK

September 06, 2022

Vegan and cruelty free skincare is dominating the beauty industry. Find out what exactly vegan skincare is, as well as the best vegan and cruelty-free skincare in the UK.

Author: Maria Grabar

Reading time: 6 minutes

Recently, we have begun to see more headings ‘vegan’, ‘vegetarian’ and ‘cruelty-free’ on the shelves of cosmetics stores. Is it a temporary trend or the beginning of a new philosophy of vegan skincare in the UK? Today we are talking about how learning more about the history behind each skincare product helps to make the world a better place.

What Makes a Skincare Brand Vegan?

Simply, if the skincare brand is marked as ‘vegan’, it means that no products of animal origin were used to produce any item of the beauty line. It also includes by-products of animal activity, like milk or honey.

To indicate whether the skincare brand is vegan or not, it is essential to look for the ‘Vegan Action’ and ‘The Vegan Society Logo’ displayed on the packaging. You can also use PETA’s Animal Ingredients list to analyse the composition of a beauty product.

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The term ‘cruelty-free’ also deserves special mention as it is often confused with ‘vegan’. The ‘cruelty-free’ label means that the product did not undergo any kind of animal testing. Many skincare and beauty products are tested on the eyes or skin of rabbits, mice or other small animals. To prevent animals from suffering, cruelty-free brands tend to choose compounds that were tested in an alternative way, for example, on human volunteers.

At Dermoi we do not stand for any form of animal testing, and only stock cruelty-free brands.

Even though the composition of a skincare lotion might not have an animal origin, some compounds can still be tested on animals. That’s why it is crucial to check for the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo on the packaging products to verify vegan skincare in the UK.

How Much is the Vegan Market Worth?

The size of the global market of vegan cosmetics is estimated to be 15.9 billion USD in 2021. However, rising veganism trends promote sustainable market growth over the 10-year period from 2020 to 2030 which is predicted to increase twice by the end of the decade.

According to Fortune Business Insights the: “Rising popularity of plant-based products paired with emerging veganism trend to favour market expansion. Vegan Skincare Products constitute the majority of new product launches worldwide”.

It can only mean that the number of affordable vegan skincare brands in the UK will increase which allows us to put the product with the most ethical background on the bucket list. 

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What is the Best Vegan Skincare Brand?

Every year companies begin to change the trajectory for the sale of vegan and vegetarian products more often, so we managed to create a list of the best vegan skincare brands in the UK:


Osmosis is a luxury cruelty-free skincare brand well-known in the UK and worldwide. Most products from Osmosis Beauty are vegan and the brand is known for having some of the best vegan anti-aging creams. Osmosis Beauty products, such as the Osmosis Catalyst serum , contain a blend of oils and plant extracts targeted to treat signs of aging and fight redness by boosting the skin with peptides.

One of the great examples of cosmetic veganism is the Nourish Avocado Facial Oil from Osmosis Beauty which contains 10 types of plant-based oils in its composition. Cold-pressed oils penetrate the skin allowing for healing and skin regeneration by increasing collagen metabolism. The studies show that this vegan alternative is even used to treat complex dermatological conditions, such as psoriasis.

Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale invented the definition of vegan ‘skincare makeup’ after working with actors wearing huge amounts of heavy foundation every day. Following the motto “You can look good and do good”, the brand uses only natural ingredients in the composition of each product. Jane Iredale is at the top of the list of best vegan skincare in the uk.

Thanks to the huge range of products in the brand’s line, you can replace any product in your cosmetic bag with a more ethical alternative. For instance, you can even find animal-friendly makeup brushes, like Handi Brush, made from naturon and taklon fibres, superior alternatives to natural hair.

Vegan Skincare Jane Iredale

What Skincare Products are Vegan?

At the moment the market is so wide that it became possible to find a vegan skincare alternative to almost every product. Here in the UK you can find both affordable or luxury vegan skincare.

For instance, the Osmosis Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair C Serum is considered the best vegan anti-aging cream in the UK. It helps to slow down the aging process by providing the skin with strong antioxidants which neutralise free radicals. As a result, DNA damage caused by free radicals gets reduced. Resultantly, this prevents genetic mutations in the cell.

You can find not only skincare products but also cosmetics with a wide variety of textures, each item of which will be vegan. For example, if you are looking for a vegan foundation, you may consider Liquid Minerals A Foundation or Purepressed Base Mineral Foundation, depending on what finish effect you aim to achieve.

Is Vegan Skincare Effective?

In short, yes, it is. A lot of skincare brands use vegan alternatives of well-known components like collagen, hyaluronic acid and glycerine which does not change the way the product works on the skin. Not only this but bundles of minerals and oils present in the composition of vegan skincare products help to maintain and soften the skin.

Additionally, vegan lotions, serums and moisturisers tend to interact more gently with the skin due to a shorter list of ingredients. That’s why vegan skincare tends to be more suitable for sensitive and allergy-prone skin.

Where Do Vegan Skincare Ingredients Come From?

  • Vegan-friendly hyaluronic acid is derived from the fermentation of bacteria.
  • Vegan collagen used in skincare is sourced from genetically modified yeast.
  • Plant-based glycerine is extracted from coconut oil or shea butter and then used as a moisturising agent.

In my opinion, the trend towards vegan skincare and cosmetics is a bright way to take care of yourself and the world around you. According to the statistics and extensive research in this area, maybe someday every product on the shelves will be labelled ‘vegan’.

What can we do to promote this? Give preference to products that do not contain ingredients of animal origin, thus increasing demand and showing that this is important for a wider audience.


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