The Cruelty-Free Skincare Picks You Need

Navigating the expanse of skincare can be overwhelming, and the arena of cruelty-free skincare may well prove impossible. Steep price tags and lack of brand trust are only a first of many barriers when first delving into clean beauty. Still, even for those wholly uninterested in the benefits of an ethical skincare practice, the great question of skin types persists.   

To establish how you may regard your skin and cultivate your ideal skincare routine, here are some baseline assessments to help puzzle out the mystery of skin types. 

Common Skin Types

  1. Sensitive: Your skin is responsive but temperamental. You may avoid experimenting with new products for fear of a breakout, redness or excessive dryness. 
  2. Dry: Your skin is drained with unrealized potential. Redness, flaking, itching or roughness all point towards dry skin and may resolve themselves with simple and effective alterations to your daily routine.   
  3. Normal: Your skin is ardent and true. You may feel you appear dull at times, but you are generally blemish free without extreme reactions to new products. 
  4. Combination: Your skin is moody. Some regions—like your forehead, nose and chin—are oily or acne-prone while other regions are dry or sensitive.  
  5. Oily: Your skin is generous, maybe overgenerous. Your skin may feel greasy and you always keep blotting tissue at hand. 
  6. Acne-Prone: Your skin is turbulent and volatile. You may struggle with persistent or recurring pimples. Some breakouts may even cause slight pain, linger for a few days or fade into dark spots after extraction.  

Even with a basic outline on characteristics that differentiate one skin type from another, it is important to note that skin is constantly changing. Your daily routine should be grounded in solid and adaptable products made by trustworthy brands whose utmost priority is ethical and quality skincare. 

ourCommonplace supports sustainable brands and prioritizes ethical practices with standards like no-animal testing. The following suggestions are vetted not only for their reliability but also for their commitment to the six ourCommonplace values. Check out this article for more details on what cruelty-free skincare means at ourCommonplace as well as the benefits of a cruelty-free regimen. 

Our Favorites Matched To Your Skin

Sensitive 

Cleanser: Wild Verbena Face Cleanser from Bios Apothecary Bios Apothecary Wild Verbena Face Cleanser

Developed with a gentle emulsifier and soothing botanical extracts, this light vanilla-infused lotion glides on and rinses clean, leaving the skin nourished with a soft, hydrated glow.  

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Moisturizer: THE FIX Face Potion from KHUS + KHUSTHE FIX Face Potion  from KHUS + KHUS

This highly antioxidant formula is a botanical masterpiece. A synergistic blend of powerful and potent herbal allies, this non-toxic moisturizer abounds with anti-inflammatory and PH stabilizing agents.

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The Holy Grail: Forma Floris - To Soothe Skin from ELUO BEAUTY

Forma Floris - To Soothe Skin from ELUO BEAUTY

Calm redness, nourish skin, smooth texture and promote regeneration with this powder blend that instantly soothes redness and irritation while softening sensitive skin to reveal a renewed complexion. See all the ways this product seamlessly works to your needs. 

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Normal 

Cleanser: Clarifying Cleansing Milk from D’ISOLANA

Clarifying Cleansing Milk from D’ISOLANA

This cruelty-free face cleanser nourishes the skin with its high concentration of aloe vera, red fruits, and thermal water that leave the skin clean and refreshed. 

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Moisturizer: Inner Light Moisturizer from Strange Bird Beautyinner light from strange bird beauty

Thanks to the super hydrating powers of Hyaluronic Acid and glow boosting oils of Camellia and Jojoba, your skin will look and feel transcendent. This moisturizer is as complex as you— light and silky, yet rich and dewy.

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The Holy Grail: Replenish from STAMBA  replenish from Stamba

Combining a full-spectrum blend of probiotic strains in a flavorless, alkaline water base, these droplets help balance your immune system and reinvigorate nutrition absorption through digestion.  

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Dry

Cleanser: Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil from Marie Hunter BeautyUltra-Nourishing Oil by Marie Hunter Beauty

A dynamic combination of all natural oils that cleanse the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue.

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Moisturizer: Deep Hydration Cream from Marie Hunter Beautydeep hydration cream from marie hunter beauty

This lightweight, quick absorbing cream transforms skin into a supple, healthier looking appearance that lasts for 72 hours. Infused with aloe this cream helps the skin to create its own internal water source for continual rehydration and improved elasticity. 

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The Holy Grail: Rose Dew Drops from Bios Apothecary 

rose dew drops from Bios Apothecary

Deep conditioning, vitamin-enriched and brimming with pro-vitamin B5 these indulgent drops deeply moisturize and deliver the plumping effects of hyaluronic acid.  

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 Combination 

Cleanser: Fight Grime Cleansing Gel from 27 Rosiersfight grime cleanser from 27 rosier

With a gel formula that turns into a light foam, this cleaner deeply cleans with a gentleness that suits all skin types. 

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Moisturizer: Peppermint Face Cream from Bios Apothecarypeppermint face cream by Bios Apothecary

A plant-based, deeply moisturizing buttercream that provides a non-greasy, soft velvety finish.

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The Holy Grail: Spearmint & Lavender Calm Floral Facial Steam from KleiSpearmint & Lavender Calm Floral Facial Steam from Klei

Refreshing and herbal, this relaxing blend of florals calms the mind while opening and cleansing the pores and prepping the face for further treatment. As a facial steam, you can easily modify the time with and distance from the vapor to accommodate your unique skin.  

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Oily 

Cleanser: Inner Clarity Cleanser from Strange Bird Beautyinner clarity cleanser from strange bird beauty

This cleanser/mask/exfoliator detoxifies, removes makeup, gently scrubs away dead skin, and washes away for an incandescent glow. Even more, this 3-in-1 clay cleanser is charged with clear quartz and crab apple essence to leave you with nothing less than clear, liberated skin.

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Moisturizer: Quench My Thirst Cream from 27 Rosiers

quench my thirst from 27 rosiers

With a cool gel texture that leaves a soft-touch effect, this easy and weightless non-toxic moisturizer offers the glow without the shine. 

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The Holy Grail: SuperGreens & Lavender Clarify Green Clay Mask from KleiSpearmint & Lavender Calm Floral Facial Steam from Klei

A balanced blend of clays, aloe vera and plant powders, this pore-clearing mask works to clarify and calm the skin. Still more, this clay mask helps regulate oil and sebum production to transition skin into a bright and balanced state. 

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Acne-Prone 

Cleanser: Coco Citrus Noir Purifying Cleanser With Charcoal from Bella VidaCoco Citrus Noir Purifying Cleanser With Charcoal from Bella Vida

With Activated Charcoal, Vitamin C and organic Aloe Vera, this formula will deeply cleanse pores while hydrating skin to leave it fresh and soft.

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Moisturizer: Quench My Thirst Cream from 27 Rosiersquench my thirst from 27 rosiers

This everyday cream moisturizer has a cool gel texture and a soft-touch finish.The barely there texture of this cream suits both oily and acne-prone skin.

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 The Holy Grail: SEN Hydrolat from KHUS + KHUSSen hydrolat

Formulated with Wild French Lavender and Witch Hazel, this cruelty-free skincare blend promotes new tissue growth while also reducing inflammation and addressing acne.

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