Want healthier, younger-looking skin, but not at the expense of animals in laboratories? We’re here to help! PETA Prime polled PETA staffers to find out their favorite cruelty-free beauty creams and settled on six top picks. Many of the women we talked to credited sunscreen for fending off the effects of aging, so we’ve included a short list of the most popular cruelty-free sunscreens as well.
We also discovered another secret that doesn’t come in a jar: Most of the women we polled said that their skin improved dramatically when they adopted a healthier lifestyle, which included eating a healthy vegan diet comprised mainly of whole foods (vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains), avoiding processed foods as much as possible, and following a daily exercise routine (even just 15 minutes a day).
All the creams below are vegan (they contain no animal ingredients) and are made by companies that do not test on animals-and parent companies don’t test on animals either. The products are listed by price, from the least to the most expensive (although even the priciest pick won’t break the bank).
Sea Moss Moisturizer by Alba
What price beauty? $12.00
Where can I get it? It’s available at Whole Foods and online at AlbaBotanica.com.
Why we love it: “I have been switching to skin-care products that are made with organic and botanical ingredients. I particularly like this moisturizer because it doesn’t cause my skin to break out and it has a light fragrance that makes me feel like I’m on a beach vacation.”
25,000 I.U. Vitamin E Age Renewal Moisturizing Crème by J?SÖN
What price beauty? $12.99
Where can I get it? It’s available at health-food stores and select supermarkets as well as online at JASON-Natural.elsstore.com.
Why we love it: “I like it because it’s fragrance-free, gentle on the skin, and not greasy. It also lasts a long time. A little goes a long way.”
Ester-C Crème by J?SÖN
What price beauty? $15.00
Where can I get it? It’s available at most natural- or health-food stores-or even grocery stores that carry higher-end products-and online at JASON-Natural.elsstore.com.
Why we love it: “I’m doing my best to hold wrinkles at bay, and this rich cream seems to be helping! It doesn’t clog my pores, it feels light and fresh, and it absorbs well. A little goes a long way. It’s reasonably priced too.”
Vitamin E Moisture Cream by The Body Shop
What price beauty? $16.00
Where I get it? It’s available at The Body Shop stores and online at TheBodyShop.com.
Why we love it: “I’m too cheap and lazy to keep up separate regimes for summer and winter. This cream is light and refreshing in summer, but it is still effective enough to keep my skin soft and supple in winter. There’s also a night cream in the range that treats your skin to a super-rich boost of moisture without being filmy or greasy.”
Vitamin C Renewal Facial Cream by Avalon Organics
What price beauty? $16.00
Where can I get it? It’s available at Whole Foods, many drug stores, and online at AvalonOrganics.com.
Why we love it: “It has a wonderful citrus scent. It’s light, yet moisturizes deeply, and it contains many organic ingredients.”
Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer by Alba
What price beauty? $16.95
Where can I get it? It’s available at GNC, Whole Foods, some Trader Joe’s stores, and online at AlbaBotonica.com.
Why we love it: “This cream is absorbed quickly and leaves no greasy feeling or look behind. The smell is nice and not overwhelming like some moisture creams are. Best of all, the ingredients are organic!”
Bonus: Cruelty-Free Sunscreens
Sunscreen use is essential in preventing the aging effects of sun exposure. You should look for a sunscreen that has a SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher. The following are some of the PETA staffers’ favorite sunscreens:
Ocean Potion Sunblock Products
Available at most drug stores, such as Walgreens and Rite Aide, and online at OPotion.com.
Trader Joe’s Face & Body Sunscreen
Available at most Trader Joe’s stores.
Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient Sunblock
Available at health-food stores and online at AlbaBotanica.com.
No-Ad’s Sunblock Lotions
Available at Kmart, various other stores, and online at No-ad.com.
What are your favorites?
This guest post was written by Jenny Woods. Jenny is a Senior Communications Administrator for PETA.