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If you were to only have one beauty product then it should really be a vegan moisturiser or oil, to keep your skin hydrated and protected against environmental damage.

However, we do understand that it can be very overwhelming choosing what is the best vegan moisturiser for you, or which are the best vegan oils. But fear not! We are here to help guide your decision making on vegan moisturisers with some helpful advice and info on our favourite vegan moisturiser products.

Keep reading to find out the best plant-based moisturisers for dry skin or hair, and which organic vegan moisturiser you can use for your hair and body as well as for cooking!

What are vegan moisturisers and oils?

Vegan moisturisers are products that have been formulated to take care of the texture and health of your skin. Vegan moisturisers will often contain different oils like eucalyptus, or lavender, deeply hydrating ingredients like cocoa butter and aloe vera. Each vegan moisturiser will be formulated for different specified purposes; for example, the vegan moisturiser Higher Nature - Digital Defence Dual Action Eye Cream is designed to protect against blue light and reduce the signs of ageing. As a result, there is a hugely varied range of different plant-based moisturisers and the best vegan moisturiser for you will completely depend on the purpose you are hoping for it to serve.

The category of vegan oils can include all kinds of things like coconut oil or olive oil which are both edible or in hair/ skin care products such as this Fushi - Organic Fresh-Pressed® Flax Seed Oil. It can also include essential oils and massage oils such as Bio-Nature - 100% Pure Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil. So, much like vegan moisturisers, the best vegan oils for you are going to depend on what you are looking to use them for!

One thing is for sure though, all beautiful vegan body moisturisers, facial lotions, and vegan oils are all made from purely plant-based ingredients so they’re both kind to you and animals!

Vegan moisturisers are always good for your dry skin

If you suffer from dry skin, then vegan moisturisers are always going to be an important part of your skincare routine. Having said that, not all plant-based moisturisers are created equal in terms of how much they will hydrate your skin. If you are trying to combat dry skin then look for ingredients in your vegan moisturiser like antioxidants such as vitamin E, and healthy fats that are good for your skin like ceramides or omega-3 fatty acids.

A vegan moisturiser like this Lavera - Basis Sensitiv Anti-Ageing Moisturising Cream Q10, is the perfect moisturiser for anyone that suffers from dry skin on their face, combining plant-based oils like jojoba with coenzyme Q10 which may boost collagen production. If you are looking for a vegan body moisturiser that’s good for tacking dry skin, then we love this Fushi - Really Good Vitamin E Skin Oil. It’s created using natural, plant-derived vitamin E to nourish and repair your skin. 

It’s always best to compare a few products when deciding which is going to be the best vegan moisturiser for your dry skin, but moisturising is definitely the way to go!

How to apply vegan moisturiser

How, when, and where to apply your plant-based moisturiser will depend on the specific moisturiser that you’re using and what it has been designed for.

If you are using a vegan moisturiser that is specifically a night cream for example, Green People - Organic Fruitful Nights Night Cream is formulated to be extremely moisturising so that it works into your skin overnight. As a result, you will probably find that it will be too heavy to wear during the day.

Vegan body moisturiser can really be used at any time of the day depending on your personal preference. One of the best times to apply vegan body moisturiser is just after a shower because that is when it is the most hydrated, so the moisturiser works by locking in this hydration. You will also find that when the water evaporates off your skin post shower, your skin can start to feel dry, so applying some vegan body moisturiser can help to prevent this.

You should also choose a vegan moisturiser that is suited for your skin type. If you have oily skin, then select a plant-based moisturiser that is suitable for oily skin and not one that is going to make your skin even more oily. You will also find that different parts of your body will have different skin types, so you should apply your vegan moisturisers accordingly.

Top vegan moisturiser brands to try

Here are a few of our favourite vegan moisturisers for you to try:

Rio Trading - Rio Rosa Mosqueta Day & Night Cream: We love this plant-based lotion that has been formulated with sustainably sourced ingredients from South America, designed to moisturise and nourish your skin. This lovely lotion contains a blend of natural plant extracts like white tea, Chilean rosehip seed oil, and red algae. 

Urtekram - Organic Wild Rose Body Lotion: This luxurious vegan body lotion will leave your skin feeling gloriously hydrated and smelling florally fresh like wild roses! Created with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter this beautiful vegan moisturiser will give you the soft, supple skin you deserve.

Avalon Organics - Vitamin C Gel Cream Moisturiser: If you need a little brightness brought into your life, this Vitamin C Gel Cream Moisturiser is just the thing you’re looking for. It’s packed with antioxidants and nourishing ingredients like vitamin C and organic turmeric root, to make every day a great skin day. 

Essential - Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: Ok so while this isn’t technically a lotion, coconut oil is a wonderful natural moisturiser thanks to being rich in vitamin E. Essential’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is made from raw, freshly pressed coconut kernel, so it doesn’t get much better than that. And why not have a product that can do it all!? It’s great for cooking as well as moisturising your hair, skin, and nails. So really what’s not to love?!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use vegan moisturiser as a primer?

Yes and no! It depends on what you want from a vegan primer really! If you are looking for something that is going to have effects like mattifying your complexion or reducing the appearance of pores, then vegan moisturiser isn’t going to be a good replacement for primer. However, if you are just looking to keep your skin hydrated underneath your other make-up, or to add some SPF protection to your face then vegan moisturiser is a great way of priming your face. It’s always a great idea to use a vegan moisturiser before applying other products. 

Can I use vegan body lotion instead of vegan moisturiser on my face?

It’s probably best not to! There are a couple of reasons why it’s better to stick to specifically facial moisturisers for your face, the main one is that the skin on your face and body can be quite different. Facial skin is usually more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, so vegan body lotions may not be gentle enough for use on your face. Another reason is that vegan body lotions are likely designed to tackle different problems than facial vegan moisturisers; for example, it wouldn’t make sense to use a vegan moisturiser designed to combat cellulite on your face.

Is lotion good for sunburn?

Yes! It’s absolutely essential that you moisturise sunburned skin as much as possible to aid healing and to stop your skin from drying out and peeling. The best vegan lotions and vegan moisturisers to use for sunburn are those that contain aloe vera, because aloe vera juice has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which may help with healing as well as a high-water content which can help to keep your skin hydrated. We would recommend using a dedicated after sun moisturiser as soon as possible after exposure to the sun. One of our favourite after sun vegan moisturisers is this Incognito After Sun Moisturiser, which contains things like aloe vera and avocado to cool and soothe your sunburned skin.

Do vegan moisturisers have SPF?

Some do! The most common vegan moisturisers that contain SPF are those that are designed for facial use, to provide daily protection from the sun’s harmful rays. However, not all vegan moisturisers will contain SPF so if a lotion doesn’t specifically and clearly say so on its label then it’s unlikely that it does.