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The Perfect Vegan Skincare Routine

vegan skincare routine

New Year. New Regime. New skin! Making simple, yet effective, changes will hold your skin in good stead for the year ahead. It also happens to be Veganuary, the annual global celebration for a plant-powered lifestyle. In the spirit of Veganuary, why not adopt a vegan skincare routine? Your skin will thank you for it.  

The Basics Of A Vegan Skincare Routine

Vegan beauty products are like multivitamins for the skin – if you choose them right. The best vegan skincare routine goes beyond being simply animal-free. It should also be built around results-driven products, with natural and clean ingredients. With these benchmarks as your guide, a vegan skincare routine can be far superior to a conventional routine. 


The best vegan beauty is built on nourishing, plant-based ingredients grown in lush, sustainable environments. Superfruits, botanicals, and pure plant oils are rich in vitamins and nutrients. Their anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties are healthy for self and skin. Premium vegan ingredients include avocado oil, wild blackcurrant oil, harakeke flax gel, mamaku black fern, and hibiscus bloom. Good enough to eat, these ingredients nourish, hydrate, exfoliate, soften, brighten, and protect – with not a synthetic in sight. Your skin can feel good and glow, naturally. 


Vegan doesn’t necessarily equal clean – a common misconception. It’s critical to understand this, because skin is the largest organ on the body, absorbing much of what you put on it. That’s a sobering thought when you consider the chemicals we come in contact with on a daily basis. Look for 100% natural formulations. If you see parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, sulphates, and other nasties on the label, steer clear – even if the product itself is vegan.  


You don’t have to compromise on your vegan ideals to care for your skin. Not only do Antipodes’ vegan products carry respected certifications; their end formulations and ingredients are validated by scientific investigations and clinical trials. These measure key indicators of skin health: the ability to retain moisture, increase hydration levels, and protect skin from pollutants.  

The Best Vegan Skincare Routine (For Any Skin Type!) 

With the basics down, crafting a vegan skincare routine is simple. Begin by building your base, then complement with products that target and treat individual skin concerns. 

1. Start with a vegan cleanser to remove impurities  

Clean skin paves the way for the hydration and nourishment that follows. Look for cleansers that effectively remove makeup without stripping skin of natural oil, leaving a nourished and softened visage. 

Vegan cleansers are particularly good at this. That’s because they tend to contain lower levels of synthetic and chemical ingredients, which can be harsh on skin. Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser is a vegan cleanser with a base of nourishing oils to replenish skin: avocado oil, carrot seed oil, jojoba oil, and macadamia nut oil. Avocado oil is naturally blessed with high amounts of phytosterols. These can help provide protection from water loss, as well as soothing and hydrating. Dry skin loves this vegan cleanser, although we recommend it for almost any skin type. 

2. Target & treat skin concerns with a vegan serum 

Once your skin is clean and fresh, it’s ready to be boosted with a serum. Identify your specific skin concern, then select a water-based serum or face oil to treat. For example, you might have dry skin that’s irritated, oily skin that’s dehydrated, or sensitive skin with blemishes.  

A serum like Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum is tailor-made for most skin concerns, thanks to its high concentration of antioxidant-rich extracts from superfruits including boysenberries, blackcurrants, kiwifruit, and grape seeds. Antioxidants are a mechanism to help prevent and address free radical damage – the main cause of skin losing the pep in its step. The notably high concentration in this vegan serum helps to fortify skin against the damage caused by pollution. It fosters a visage that’s stronger, healthier-looking, and more resistant to signs of stress and early ageing. 

3. Lock in the benefits with a vegan moisturiser 

With skin cleansed and treated, you can move on to a vegan moisturiser. Face creams and gels enhance the benefits of your serum in two main ways. They deliver water to skin, keeping it dewy and plumped. They also help to enhance the skin barrier, reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).  

A vegan moisturiser with a non-greasy finish is an ideal daily face cream for most skin types. Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream contains a host of rich anti-ageing ingredients, yet it glides on to skin without residue. Rosehip oil and avocado oil are known for their ability to help soften the appearance of fine lines. The gentle formulation also contains a natural antibacterial – manuka flower – to help keep skin fresh and blemish-free. That makes it ideal vegan skin care for dry skin as well as oily and blemished skin. 

With veganism sweeping the world, it’s easy to find vegan alternatives for almost any beauty product – so you can nourish the health of your skin without compromise. 

Build your vegan skincare routine here. 



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