A roundup of some of our favourite vegan skin care products to help you achieve beautiful skin that is cruelty free!
Why Use Vegan Skin Care?
We believe going vegan with your skin routine is one of the best things you can do for your face!
Vegan skin care is free from animal-derived ingredients. Products are formulated with naturally-sourced, plant-based or mineral ingredients. Vegan skin care may also include safe, toxin-free synthesised ingredients made in a laboratory.
Don’t believe the myth that if a product is vegan it can’t deliver impressive results!
Vegan-approved ingredients, all-natural antioxidants, extracts, minerals and vitamins can act on all kinds of skin concerns.
Signs of ageing, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, dullness, acne and inflammatory skin conditions can all be dramatically improved with the right vegan ingredients.
Many conventional skincare products contain animal based ingredients that can trigger inflammatory skin reactions and cause congestion.
Plus, they’re often formulated with toxic synthetic chemicals that are well known disruptors of the endocrine (hormone) system.
Some ingredients traditionally or commonly sourced from animals can also be derived through vegan-friendly processes. For example, glycerin can be derived from animal fats or plant oils.
The esmi range is vegan and cruelty free. We want the very best for your skin and the lives of our animal friends!
Let’s take a look at some of our most loved vegan skin care products and how key ingredients in each work to deliver the healthiest skin of your life.
Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum
The ultimate skin hydrator for all skin types, Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is a quick-absorbing serum that helps fight dehydration to hydrate, plump, and repair skin.
The key vegan ingredients work to promote hydration, barrier repair and improved skin condition.
The hero of our Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is Hyaluronic acid thanks to its ability to attract moisture - it can actually hold 1000x times its weight in water!
This makes it incredibly effective at boosting the skin’s moisture levels, plumping and restoring the skin’s moisture barrier.
Depending on how hyaluronic acid is created for skincare formulations it may or may not be vegan. Non-vegan hyaluronic acid is derived from the combs of roosters, while vegan hyaluronic acid for vegan skin care is derived from wheat. Of course, we use vegan hyaluronic acid in this serum.
A versatile ingredient, allantoin is known for its ability to promote the natural exfoliation of dead cells on the surface. This softens skin and aids in increased hydration as moisture is able to better penetrate the deeper levels of the skin.
Allantoin also possesses soothing and anti-irritant properties while promoting the renewal of epidermal cells.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Beneficial for all skin types, Niacinamide works to strengthen the skin barrier to increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture. It can aid in soothing irritated skin making it particularly beneficial if you’re dealing with an inflammatory skin concern like eczema.
All ingredients in the Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.
How to use Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum
Dispense a pearl size amount of serum from the dropper onto fingertips and massage into the skin after cleansing or exfoliation. Can be used morning and night and around the eye area. Follow with your moisturising step.
The Uncomplicated Cleanser
Meet one of our best selling vegan skin care products: The Uncomplicated Cleanser.
Perfect for all skin types and concerns, it balances skin without leaving it dry or tight, just clean, calm, and supple.
Aloe vera and Green Tea Extract are the active ingredient heroes of this gentle yet effective formulation.
More than 95% water, aloe vera is a natural vegan ingredient famed for its moisture-promoting, skin repairing, and calming abilities.
Aloe vera contains an array of constituents with active potential including vitamins (vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E and B12), enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids.
In addition to boosting hydration levels and calming irritation, aloe vera can assist in fading hyperpigmentation and fighting blemishes thanks to the gentle exfoliation properties of salicylic acids.
Green Tea Extract (Camellia Leaf Extract )
Anti-aging, soothing, and brimming with antioxidants it’s clear why green tea extract is a popular ingredient in vegan skin care products.
Polyphenols are what makes green tea extract so special. These potent antioxidants help neutralise free radical attacks to protect skin from the damage that leads to dullness, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Green tea extract can also help regulate sebum production to promote a balanced, clear complexion.
All ingredients in The Uncomplicated Cleanser formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.
Is The Uncomplicated Cleanser non-comedogenic?
Yes! All ingredients are non-comedogenic meaning they won’t clog pores and are suitable if you struggle with easily congested skin.
How to use The Uncomplicated Cleanser
Apply a pearl-sized amount of the cleanser to damp hands and massage gently into skin with an upward motion. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water or remove with esmi's Microfibre Facial Cleansing Mitt. Use in the morning and evening - double cleanse in the evening.
Our range of Gentle Foliants delivers the best vegan skin care exfoliation experience with both physical and fruit enzyme exfoliant action. With a choice for all skin concerns, each Gentle Foliant is also cruelty free!
Normal | combination skin
This gentle exfoliator helps clear, hydrate, and re-energise a depleted, congested complexion.
Key vegan and natural ingredients include:
Cranberry enzymes help exfoliate and soften the skin by dissolving dead cells on the surface. Promotes a brighter, smoother complexion helping to refine pores and reduce blemishes.
Icelandic Volcanic Sand
Icelandic volcanic sand is a mild exfoliator to gently renew the outer layer of skin revealing a fresher, more youthful complexion.
Soothing Vitamin E spheres can soften and restore depleted skin with antioxidant action. Vitamin E repairs and renews on a cellular level.
Naturally hydrating, Irish moss can aid in supporting skin barrier health to aid moisture retention.
All ingredients in the Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle-Foliant formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.
Oily, breakout-prone skin
Encourage a clearer, brighter complexion for oily skin prone to congestion and breakouts with a 100% vegan formulation.
Key vegan ingredients and natural ingredients include:
Tropical papaya enzymes dissolve dead cells and build-up revealing a brighter, softer complexion.
The ultra-fine consistency of exotic Polynesian sand provides gentle exfoliation to assist in the removal of pore-clogging debris.
24k Gold Flakes
Luxurious 24k gold flakes boost skin elasticity, stimulates collagen production, and improves blood circulation for a healthy radiance.
All ingredients in Fresh Sea and Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.
Sensitive, dry, and mature skin
The ideal vegan skin care to exfoliate sensitive and dry skin, Rose and Bamboo Gentle-Foliant helps leave skin soft and calm while promoting moisture retention.
Key vegan ingredients and natural ingredients include:
The antiseptic, moisturising and calming properties of this luxurious oil are ideal for dry and troubled skin.
Ideal for a weakened or sensitised skin barrier, acne prone, and dry skin, bamboo extract offers mild exfoliation activity and stimulates cell turnover.
A wonderful oil for vegan skin care products, Jojoba is a natural oil closest to the molecular structure of skin’s own sebum. It helps to balance and calm skin, reduce redness, and aid in skin repair.
Mixed Fruit Enzymes
Fruit enzymes gently exfoliate the dead cells on the skin’s surface by dissolving them. The result? A smoother, brighter looking complexion.
All ingredients in Rose and Bamboo Gentle Foliant formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.
How to use the Gentle Foliants
Apply a pea-sized amount of product to damp, cleansed skin. In small, circular motions, very gently apply the exfoliant to skin. Massage around your face to remove build-up and allow enzymes to deeply cleanse pores. Don’t apply too much pressure.
Leave on for 2–5 minutes and rinse with cool water or with your dampened esmi Face Mitt and follow with your esmi skin regime. Use 1–3 times per week or as advised by your esmi skin consultant.
24K Gold Nourishing Oil
Our 24k Gold Nourishing Oil certainly is a crowd-pleaser. Just check the reviews!
This luxurious, non-greasy face oil nourishes for a visibly firmer, more youthful complexion. It can replace your cream-based moisturiser or be used over the top - it’s vegan skin care at its best.
Here are a few of the key vegan active ingredients in the face oil working hard for your skin:
24k gold contains powerful antioxidant properties. It can improve skin elasticity, stimulate collagen production and improves blood circulation for a healthy, more youthful looking complexion.
Revered for its skin repairing, sun damage correcting, and youth promoting abilities, rosehip oil contains potent antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and lycopene.
These active ingredients work synergistically to repair, smooth, and brighten skin.
A natural, vegan oil with a high percentage of active Vitamin E which is proven to aid in strengthening the skin barrier and keeping skin moisturised.
It can also help counteract the effects of inflammation.
Working to keep skin hydrated without an oily aftermath, avocado oil is easily absorbed and its anti-inflammatory benefits can help calm irritated and breakout prone skin.
All ingredients in 24k Gold Nourishing Oil formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.
How to use 24 Gold Nourishing Oil
Use the dropper to apply 2-3 drops of oil directly to the palm of the hand and massage into cleansed skin after applying other water-based Skin Treats. It can be used morning and night and around the eye area.
Pair with the Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum for the ultimate rehydration and skin plumping.
Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie
Anti-redness Minty Green Smoothie is designed to soothe a red, puffy, or acne inflamed complexion. The active vegan ingredients work to help reduce redness, promote hydration and repair damaged skin.
A wonderful skin healer, Arnica helps stimulate white blood cell production and increases circulation. It can also aid in reducing swelling - one of the reasons we recommend the Anti-redness Minty Green after laser treatment.
Arnica also has antimicrobial properties which makes it useful in addressing acne-prone skin.
Tasmannia Lanceolata Extract
A native Australian ingredient, Tasmannia Lanceolata Extract contains potent active antioxidant polygodial which delivers anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-allergic activity.
It’s a rapid skin soother for red, inflamed skin working to strengthen and protect skin cells.
Linoleic Acid, also called Vitamin F, is an essential fatty acid which aids in shutting down inflammatory skin responses while helping strengthen the all important skin barrier. This means skin is better able to defend itself against free radical and inflammatory activity.
Moisture promoting yet lightweight, linoleic acid also works to plump skin without weighing it down.
All ingredients in the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.
How to use the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie
Dispense a pearl size amount of serum from the dropper into fingertips and massage into the cleansed skin avoiding the eye area. You can use the serum in your morning and night time routines. Always allow the product to absorb before applying other Skin Treats or creams.
All of our vegan Skin Treats are indicated with a label on the product page. If you need further information on the ingredients in our products, have a chat with one of our Skin Consultants!