If you’re ditching animal-derived products this month or for good, these are the beauty brands you need to have on your radar.

Veganuary – the marketing spin on the Vegan January challenge – has gained popularity in recent years, with more and more of us kick-starting the year with a wholly plant-based diet. But the challenge goes beyond what we eat, encouraging us to remove all traces of animal-derived products in other areas of our lives too, from the cleaning products we use to our beauty routines. Whether you’re taking part for ethical, environmental or health reasons, and whether you intend to last 31 days or implement life-long habit changes, don’t be without our guide to vegan skincare makeover, which features seven steps and seven vegan brands. Each offers a healthy mix of nature and science to give you plant-powered skincare that’s cruelty free.

Cleanse: Farmacy

Green Clean Make Up Meltaway Cleansing Balm, £32

Farmacy’s‘farm to face’ concept takes locally grown ingredients and science-led formulas and creates award-winning skincare. That includes its meltaway cleansing balm, which is rich in sunflower and ginger root oils. The balm to oil texture creates a luxurious lather on contact with water that doesn’t strip or dry the skin but dissolves make-up and impurities, with an energising blend of bergamot, lime and orange essential oils to revive you at the end of the day. Buy it here.

Exfoliate: Typology

10% Glycolic Acid Serum, £22.50

Created by made.com founder, Ning Lee, to shake up the unspoken beauty industry rulebook, Typology offers a transparent range of skincare, edited together into cleverly streamlined routines to help guide your purchases in a tailored ‘stripped back’ approach. With conscious – and chic – aluminium and glass packaging, its 10% glycolic acid serum can be used to dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells to effectively remove them and reveal brighter and smoother skin, while tightening pores and stimulating cell renewal. Buy it here.

Hydrate: Medik8

Hydr8 B5 Serum, £40

Harnessing the hydration powerhouse that is hyaluronic acid in multiple molecule sizes to reach the upper and lower epidermis for immediate and longer-term hydration, this intense serum from Medik8 also contains vitamin B5 to improve the skin’s ability to retain water and regenerate. Part of its vegan and cruelty-free range of effective, result-driven formulas, they are backed by biochemistry while never compromising on ethics. Buy it here.

Moisturise: Biossance

Squalane and Omega Repair, £45

Rich in sustainably sourced sugar-cane derived squalane, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and shea butter, this deeply nourishing moisturiser will revive even the dullest of winter skins to plumpness, all while injecting a shot of radiance, naturally. Part of Biossance’s quest to combine scientific research with sustainable ingredients, the company has a reassuringly uncompromising approach to its environmental impact. Buy it here.

Treat: Haeckels

Bio Restore Membrane, £32

Grown to order (yes, you read that right), Haeckels’ agar membrane under eye masks are infused with calming, cooling and hydrating aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel and cucumber into a degradable sheet eye mask to reduce visible signs of tiredness. Even better, it delivers all the goodness before composting back into the earth, without a trace. Buy it here.

Eye: Aesop

Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Eye Serum, £57

Aesop’s plant-derived skincare has long been on the radar for conscious beauty buyers. Its potent formulas are concentrated, with functional fragrance ingredients to enliven the senses as they get to work hydrating, smoothing and plumping the skin for natural, healthy results. The anti-oxidant eye serum with Vitamin C is perfect for protecting and nourishing the delicate eye area, especially in winter. Buy it here.

Nourish: Seed to Skin

The Midnight Miracle, €135

Seed to Skin is conceptualised, partly grown and formulated within the picture-perfect estate of Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany. With their own organic farm and on-site lab, the active formulas harness the best wild and organic ingredients. The enticingly named Midnight Miracle works overnight to repair skin; rich in vitamins A and E, it promotes rapid skin renewal for an intense treatment that leaves skin smoothed and nourished come morning. A true miracle. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
January 2022

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Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.