Top 8 Vegan Face Moisturizers In 2021

My top recommendations for moisturizers:

In the 21st century, people, especially Gen-Z, have started taking notice of what they use on their bodies, and they have initiated a step towards “Cruelty-free” products. That is why companies are taking interest in making better vegan beauty products, in which no animals have been harmed.

lets have a quick view of our top 8 vegan moisturizers list:

ImageProductFeaturesPrice
Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream

Paraben free
Phthalates, SLS, and mineral oil free.
Pleasant, light smell

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Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream

Great for sensitive skin
Does not contains Parabens and Phthalates
Contains essential antioxidants

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream | Body and Face Moisturizer CeraVe Moisturizing Cream | Body and Face Moisturizer

Treats Eczema and itching
Dermatologist recommended
Is fragrance free

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Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer

Readily available
Contains Cica (Gotu Kola)
Doesn’t cause acne
Incredibly moisturising

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ACURE Brightening Day Cream | 100% Vegan ACURE Brightening Day Cream | 100% Vegan

Contains Argan oil and Cica
Best for dry skin

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The Body Shop Mattifying Lotion (Vegan), Tea Tree The Body Shop Mattifying Lotion (Vegan), Tea Tree

Lightweight
Easily Absorbed
Doesn’t clog pores

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration Moisturizer First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration Moisturizer

Contains root extract and oatmeal
Smooth and well absorbing
Good for sensitive skin

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All Natural Organic Anti-Wrinkles Eye Cream Moisturizer All Natural Organic Anti-Wrinkles Eye Cream Moisturizer

 Non-greasy, herbal formula
Lightweight
Deep hydration and absorption

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Before going towards detail review of each product lets first have a look at a buying guide.

Why is face moisturizer important:

Your better skin is your top-most beauty secret, especially your face. In today’s world where dryness and pollution are everywhere, your face needs moisturizing the most.

Moisturizing your face helps you fight acne, dryness, and Eczema. It also makes you feel fresh and young. It helps you in fighting the aging and wrinkling of facial tissues.

If you are using a face moisturizer before applying make-up, it will help in absorbing the make-up on your skin and will not make a cake, which appears ugly and artificial otherwise.

If your face moisturizer contains sunscreen, it will protect your face from sun damages.

How to choose the best face moisturizer:

Your skin Type:

Finding the best moisturizer is not an easy task, also, a face moisturizer suitable for one person may not be suitable for the other, as it primarily depends on the skin type of the person using it.

Different face moisturizers are recommended for people with different skin types, however, whatever skin type may be, every face moisturizer must be dermatology tested, and should immediately be stopped using if it irritates the skin in any possible way.

  • For people with dry skin, it is recommended to use products with oily textures containing extra hydration ingredients like coconut oil.
  • For people with oily skin, it is recommended to use lightweight, less greasy products.
  • For people with sensitive skin, it is recommended to use cream with lesser fragrance and no reactive ingredients like acids, etc.
  • For people with normal/combination skin, you should prefer using lighter,

water-based moisturizer.

  • For people with mature skin, it is recommended to use oil-based moisturizers.

The Weather:

While skin type is considered a basic consideration when choosing a face moisturizer, the weather is no secondary. Weather can affect your skin greatly, and thus affect your choice of moisturizer.

In winters, your skin naturally goes rough and dry and thus needs more hydration and oils. Thus, you should prefer using lotions having more oil and that is heavy.

On the contrary, in summers, your skin will need a lightweight and non-greasy moisturizer.

Sun Protection:

Are you looking for sunscreen with a moisturizer or just a moisturizer? You should check for moisturizers with SPF’s that can help you protect your skin from any damages and that contain UVA protection. This way, it will be economical as you will buy two in one product, and also will help protect your skin.

Check the Scent:

While choosing your perfect face moisturizer, you must check the scent first, as you may not want that strong smell on your face, or you may not be interested in the soft scent.

I have heard people complaining about the smell of a lotion or a moisturizer, and that is why I think you must check the scent first.

The Price:

There is a wide range of skincare products, and many skincare companies offer a wide spectrum of moisturizers. People mistook high prices for high-quality products, especially in beauty products, which in reality may not be the case. This is why you should pay more attention to the ingredients than the price.

Vegan Friendly/ Cruelty Free:

While choosing your moisturizer, make sure that you are choosing the vegan-friendly, cruelty-free product. No animals shall be harmed in the making of the product and the product shall not be tested on animals.

 The label for Ingredients:

Apparently, the label of ingredients on skin care products shows a variety of words. These include natural, organic, etc. But what exactly did the manufacturers mean by this?  

So, the next time, you go to buy a face moisturizer, make sure to check the ingredients. You will be knowledgeable of them after reading this article.

Here is a quick guide as to what is meant by some generally used terms (ingredients) on these labels.

Active and non-Active ingredients:

Active ingredients are those that directly affect the skin. Non-active ingredients are those that do not affect the skin directly.  Non-active ingredients are used as finishing ingredients.

Noncomedogenic:

       Skincare products often have the term written on the label. It means that the product is not likely to cause comedones (or pore blockages). Also, that the product does not contain any ingredients that can clog the pores.

Broad Spectrum:

This means that the ingredients in the product are able to block both Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays.

Moisturizers having SPF’s have broad spectrums as they contain both the moisturizer as well as sunscreen.

Keep in mind that UVA is associated with skin aging while UVB is associated with skin burning.

Organic:

According to the US Department of Agriculture, Skincare products showing “made with organic ingredients ” contain more than 70% organic ingredients.  Although it cannot use the USDA organic seal.

If the products have less than 70% organic ingredients, they cannot use the word “organic” with their ingredients.  It cannot use the USDA seal.

Parabens and Phthalates:

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, parabens are preservatives used in cosmetics and skincare products to prevent the growth of bacteria. The parabens used most commonly in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.

Phthalates are group of chemicals used in toys, detergents as well as cosmetics. Historically, the primary phthalates used in cosmetic products have been dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

People have shown concern about the use of Parabens and Phthalates in cosmetics as it can cause serious health issues, however, FDA has still not given its final verdict on its use.

Things that differentiate the below products:

While I was making a list of recommendations, I differentiated them on certain basis.

The first and foremost is vegan friendly and cruelty-free. No animals have been harmed in the process, and no animal by-products are used as ingredients.

Also, other differentiations include natural, non-reactive, non-toxic, and anti-aging ingredients.

Some contain Argan oil, Aloe, while others contain Green tea extracts, root extracts, Vitamin E, and Cica.

The scents are also differentiated such as Rose, and Geranium.

My Top 8 picks:

Talking about beauty, the face takes the first place, and that is why I will be showing you my top 8 vegan face moisturizer recommendations.

1: Pacifica Beauty Dreamy Youth Day & Night Moisturizing Face Cream:

I’ll recommend this one for healing broken or damaged skin as it contains Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil, palmitoyl tripeptide 3, and antioxidants. It is especially recommended for mature skin. It is smooth, light, and carries a scent of Rose and Geranium.  

Pros
  • Paraben free
  • Phthalates, SLS, and mineral oil free.
  • Pleasant, light smell
Cons
  • Can affect sensitive skin

2: Andalou Naturals Sensitive 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream:

The beautiful mixture of pomegranate and aloe uplifts skin and provides hydration to the face. It also contains hyaluronic acid. The acid retains water in the skin and keeps the face moist.

It is best recommended for sensitive skin. It doesn’t contain Parabens and Phthalates. It also has a heavenly rose smell.

Pros
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Lightweight
  • Does not contains Parabens and Phthalates
  • Contains essential antioxidants
Cons
  • None

3: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream:

For my 3rd choice, I will go with the CeraVe moisturizing cream. It contains Ceramides, one of the essentials for the skin. It is also a dermatologist recommended for Eczema and holds the National Eczema Association (NEA) seal of acceptance. It is fragrance-free, paraben-free, allergy-tested, and non-comedogenic.

Pros
  • Treats Eczema and itching.
  • Dermatologist recommended.
  • Is fragrance free. (for those who don’t like moisturizers with scents)
Cons
  • Greasy
  • Contains Parabens. (For those who avoid paraben-based beauty products)

4: Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer, Aloe & Green Tea:

This face moisturizer is used by people of all skin types. It isn’t overly greasy and takes the scent of aloe and green tea.

I recommend using Alba because it contains 100% organic products and is free from any animal fats. It also contains the famous skincare ingredient, Cica (Centella Asiatica), which is also known as Gotu kola, which adds richness to its use.

Pros
  • Readily available.
  • Lightweight
  • Contains Cica (Gotu Kola)
  • Doesn’t cause acne
  • Incredibly moisturising
Cons
  • It packaging isn’t good enough and can be leaked.
  • The scent can get TOO much for you, if you you don’t like much scent on your face.

5: ACURE Brightening Day Cream:

ACURE brightening day cream is my favorite to recommend as it contains the essentials such as Argan oil and Cica for the face. It is good for dry skin and the Cica provides antioxidants and argan oil replenishes moisture, thus removes dullness from the face.

It is also Vegan and certified cruelty-free. Also, Paraben-free, Sulfate-free, and Mineral oil-free.

Pros
  • Contains Argan oil and Cica
  • Best for dry skin
Cons
  • Have irritating smell
  • Contains relatively cheap ingredients

6: The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion:

I recommend using this product by the Body Shop for people with acne-prone or blemished skin type. It creates a fresh complexion and fights bacteria from causing acne.

It contains the essential tea tree oil that is “Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil”, and  “Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil”. It also contains Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Easily Absorbed
  • Doesn’t clog pores
Cons
  • May have an irritating smell
  • Lack of oil control

7: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, Intense Hydration:

The first aid beauty ultra repair cream goes seven on my list. It is recommended for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. It contains Colloidal Oatmeal, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Glycerine, and another similar natural, organic ingredients. It is most recommended for sensitive and dry skin types.

Pros
  • Contains root extract and oatmeal
  • Smooth and well absorbing
  • Good for sensitive skin
Cons
  • It contains eucalyptus leaf extract, which is a skin irritant for people with skin

8: The Sage Witch By Spirit Nest:

With a combination of Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera, vitamin E, olive, and cucumber oils, The Sage Witch is just the type of face moisturizer, I’ll recommend any day. It is best recommended for acne-prone skin and has got a floral scent. It has a non-greasy formula and best for people who consider using anti-aging creams.

Pros
  • It has a non-greasy, herbal formula
  • Lightweight
  • Deep hydration and absorption
Cons
  • Not the best smell

Conclusion

Finding cruelty-free and Vegan-friendly moisturizer shall be your utmost desire. Try to use environment-friendly products and look for the packaging while buying.

You must not compromise on your skin products and you must make sure that it is made of organic ingredients which will add richness to your face.

Also, while choosing your skincare product, make sure to check the ingredients. You must know the difference between organic, less organic, etc. Try to read the label carefully. Try to buy from a trustworthy source.

While recommending the above products, I kept in mind the basic features and ingredients and thus now, finally, my top picks have to be “Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer” as it contains my favorite Aloe and contains Cica. Also, I love its scent. 

I hope this article gives you enough vegan-friendly moisturizer suggestions and helps you choose the one you were looking for. Best of Luck!