As the editor-in-chief of a cruelty free beauty blog, people often ask me which products are the best. Of course, that depends on your skin type, hair type and personal preferences. And, it's amazing how one product will FAIL for me and then someone else I know will love it!
That being said, I would like to share with you a few of my favorite cruelty-free products. I hope you'll love them as much as I do.
1. Alba Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser - This is a great cruelty free cleanser available at your local drugstore! For reference, I have sensitive, combination skin with frequent breakouts. A good friend recommended this to me - she has extremely sensitive skin (more sensitive than mine) and she also loves Alba's facial cleanser. It has enzymes to remove dead skin and dirt, but it doesn't dry out your skin at all. It makes your skin feel super soft without leaving any residue!
2. L'uvalla Balancing Day/Night Cream is a fairly thick cream that manages to go on smooth and leave NO greasy residue! It's perfect for my combination skin. It has essential oils (lotus flower, thyme, rosemary, clove, etc.) to treat acne and natural oils (such as argan oil and hazel seed oil) to nourish skin and heal acne.
4. BareMinerals Matte mineral foundation gives me a shine-free finish (which lasts almost all day on my shiny areas), minimizes my pores, evens out my skin tone and protects my skin from sun damage (SPF 15). It is designed to be worn alone, but I usually layer over liquid foundation for more coverage.
5. Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash is perfect for my back. I started out using it every other day, and now I use it almost every time I shower. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and has significantly reduced my breakouts. The main ingredient is salicylic acid, which exfoliates, clears pores and helps to reduce acne. There are a ton of products out there with salicylic acid, but the trick is getting the right amount. Too much and your skin will get all irritated and peel. This product is just right for body acne (it would probably be good for those with less sensitive facial skin as well). The treasure trove of other ingredients are there to help soothe, kill germs and prevent acne flare-ups: licorice, bergamot, milk thistle, lemon, arnica, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, goldenseal and matricaria.