• Lauren Ewer

Cruelty Free For Beginners

Easy ways to make your skincare routine cruelty free.

Image source: Chloe Ryans

Though cruelty free means that a product is not tested on animals, it is important not to immediately trust that a product is cruelty free just because they say so. So how can we be sure that something is definitely cruelty free?

Image source: Chloe Ryans

When buying your skincare products, one way to check that they are cruelty free is to look for the leaping bunny certification. I would recommend looking for the leaping bunny logo on the product you are buying rather than the PETA logo as to get the leaping bunny certification the process is more intensive and thorough.

Another thing to remember is that if a brand sells to facilities in mainland China, they are not cruelty free as animal testing is mandatory for some ordinary and special use cosmetics during pre- (before the product is sold to the public) and post-market (after the product is put on the shelf). Ordinary cosmetics consist of everyday products such as hair, nail and skin care whereas, special use cosmetics include sun cream, whitening treatments, spot treatments etc.

Some good news amongst lockdown this year is that on the 1st January 2021, it is no longer mandatory for some ordinary cosmetics to be tested on animals in mainland China pre-market. However, this change in law does not mean that all brands that sell in mainland China are cruelty free as it is still mandatory for ordinary cosmetics to be tested on animals’ post-market and the special use cosmetics must still be tested on animals pre- and post-market.

Be careful if a product is labelled as ‘vegan’ because that does not mean it is cruelty free. If a product is vegan, it doesn’t contain any animal ingredients or animal by-products such as beeswax or honey. This does not mean that the product hasn’t been tested on animals so unless it has the leaping bunny certification, you can’t be sure that it’s cruelty free. Here are four of my favourite, fully cruelty free skincare products.


1. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask, £3.95 from Beauty Bay

If you want to have blemish free skin, then this is the mask for you! I love using this mask because not only does it leave my skin feeling deeply cleansed and refreshed, getting to peel it off my face is so satisfying! Also, not only is this product leaping bunny certified, meaning that it is cruelty free, but it is also vegan. A double win for the cruelty free community!


2. Revolution Skincare Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid, £8.00 from Revolution

I have always been lucky to have relatively clear skin but a few months ago, probably due to the stress of being in a global pandemic, by skin started breaking out pretty terribly and I didn’t know how to fix it. That was when I decided to start using the Revolution 2% salicylic acid serum as it exfoliates my skin by removing all the dead skin cells and unclogging my pores. My skin has cleared up so much after using this product, it’s amazing! Also, not only is this product cruelty free, vegan, but it is also shipped in recyclable packaging!


3. Sun Bum Original 'Face 50' SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion, £18.02 from Amazon

If you only have one product in your skin care collection it has to be sun cream. Contrary to popular belief, you should wear sun cream everyday even if it’s minus two degrees. This will ensure that you minimise the risk of sun damage as much as possible and you won’t need Botox when you’re older… The Sun Bum sun cream is cruelty free, vegan, reef safe and is easily absorbed into the skin. It is so important that your sun cream is reef safe as well as being cruelty free because it is essential to protect the coral reef as well as yourself if you decide to go for a dip in the sea where there are coral reefs (just imagine how nice a beach holiday would feel right now…).


4. Revolution Body Skincare Salicylic Balancing Body Blemish Cleanser, £6.00 from Revolution

I think people tend to forget that we don’t just have skin on our faces, we need to take care of our bodies as well! Therefore, I use Revolution’s body blemish cleanser with salicylic acid to exfoliate and cleanse my body. This product is great for clearing up body acne and preventing ingrown hairs by using it before shaving. Like I said before, this product is cruelty free and vegan, and it is also fragrance free which will remove the risk of irritation if you have sensitive skin.


I hope this has proved to you that going cruelty free doesn’t need to be expensive or stressful, and sometimes it actually turns out to be cheaper and better for the environment!


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