As a Leaping Bunny™ certified, cruelty-free brand that uses no animal ingredients or animal byproducts in our skin care line, it’s important to us to promote products that align with our values. As conscientious consumers, we’re guessing you feel that way, too, which is why we’ve put together this list of the 10 Best Vegan Moisturizers. Whether you’re looking for a vegan night cream or a drugstore brand, we’ve got you covered!
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Main Takeaways: Vegan skincare doesn’t mean limited choices anymore! If you’re looking for a vegan face moisturizer, there are plenty on the market that range from night creams to everyday moisturizers sold at every conceivable price point.
Good to Know: Vegan skincare means any product that does not contain any animal products or animal by products like beeswax or honey.
Recommended Products: Crème de la Cream Moisturizer.
1. Best Vegan Moisturizer for all Skin Types
Fleur & Bee: Crème de la Cream Natural Moisturizer
There’s a good reason we call Crème de la Cream natural moisturizer “The Last Moisturizer You’ll Ever Need!” Delivering the perfect amount of moisture, this lightweight, 100% vegan moisturizer is made for all skin types and contains some major skin care powerhouse ingredients like organic aloe vera for hydration, glycerin to help retain moisture, vitamin C to help brighten skin, vitamin E to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration, and coenzyme 10, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight environmental stressors. Best of all? It’s formulated for every skin type!
2. Best Vegan Night Cream
The Vegan Glow: Good Night Cream
Are you someone who really likes to slather moisturizer on at night so you wake up with super-hydrated skin? We feel you, which is why we love The Vegan Glow Good Night Cream . Enriched with vitamin E, which is well-known for its hydrating powers, and adenosine, which gets to work on fine lines and wrinkles, this is a great nighttime moisturizer that has some fabulous anti-aging properties. This product is also known for its quick absorption time, so you won’t wake up with moisturizer all over your pillow.
And we love that the packaging is made from recycled paper and plastic and even uses soy ink. We love this Korean-based brand’s commitment to the planet.
3. Best Vegan Moisturizer for Normal Skin
Milk Makeup: Vegan Milk Moisturizer
Got milk? You will if you try Milk Make-up’s Vegan Milk Moisturizer, which is a lightweight but highly effective moisturizer for normal skins. This soothing moisturizer is made from a variety of milks—all of them vegan—like desert milk for hydration, oat milk to calm skin, argan milk which is full of antioxidants, and even fig milk which is full of vitamins and works to soften and smooth the skin. It’s also full of other ingredients we love like jojoba, soothing aloe vera, and one of our favorites, hyaluronic acid.
4. Best Vegan Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
Lush: Celestial Moisturizer
Although you may associate the now-25-year-old company with quirky “bubble bars” and bath bombs that sometimes looked more like food than cosmetics, in truth, the company also makes a variety of great skin care products, one of which is Celestial moisturizer. Made with almond oil and cocoa butter, it’s an exceptionally soothing moisturizer, great for skin that irritates easily.
We love Lush’s commitment to fair trade. For example, their fair trade organic cocoa butter is “grown by farmers in eastern Congo (DRC).” As a company, they pay a premium that allows those farmers to invest in their local communities.
5. Best Vegan Moisturizer for Oily, Acne Prone Skin
Herbivore: Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil
If you have oily or break-out prone skin, you’re probably well aware that it can be tough finding a moisturizer that doesn’t make your skin worse or make it feel even oilier (and yes, you do need a moisturizer even if you have oily skin!). Herbivore's Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil is a great solution. This hydrating oil helps lock in moisture without clogging pores, which is crucial for oily skins. According to the Herbivore website, the Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil’s special sauce is azulene, known for its ability to soothe irritated, dehydrated skin, and lessen the appearance of temporary redness.
6. Best Vegan Moisturizer for Very Dry Skin
Dermalogica: Super Rich Repair Moisturizer
For those on the other end of the spectrum, try Dermalogica’s Super Rich Repair Moisturizer. People who have dry or even very dry skin, never seem to be able to moisturize enough, but Dermalogica’s Super Rich Repair Moisturizer will really infuse your skin with some serious hydration! Shea Butter and Oil of Evening Primrose are the two key ingredients in this very rich moisturizer that’s also full of antioxidants.
7. Best Vegan Moisturizer for Dull Skin
Kora Organics: Tumeric Glow Moisturizer
We’ll get to all the great benefits of this vegan moisturizer in a sec, but we have to give a shout out to whoever thought of the packaging. Aside from the fact that the gold, multi-faceted jar looks fabulous, the moisturizer comes in refillable pods so you only have to buy the jar once (it kind of looks like one of those pod coffee cups only with super-environmentally friendly packaging!).
Aside from that, this clean, certified organic, vegan moisturizer from Kora (which was started by model Miranda Kerr) uses popular turmeric to make skin really glow (and we love a good glow around here!). It also combines the turmeric with rosehip, and licorice extract. If you’ve got dull skin and would like it to look brighter, this is a good choice!
8. Best Vegan Gel Moisturizer
Farmacy: Daily Greens Oil Free Gel Face Moisturizer
If vegan face cream is a little too…creamy for you, you’re in luck! Believe it or not, creams are not the only way to moisturize your skin! A great gel moisturizer will do the trick without that creamy feel (and gel moisturizers feel great when the weather gets hotter, especially if you keep them in the fridge). Infused with hyaluronic acid and a blend of phytonutrients, Daily Greens’ oil-free gel moisturizer with moringa and papaya, provides a lightweight, non-greasy dose of moisture to the skin! And if you’re someone whose skin shines a little too much, this product is known for reducing shine!
9. Best Vegan Tinted Moisturizer
Aveda: Inner Light™ Mineral Tinted Moisture
If you love moisturizers but hate wearing heavy foundation, a tinted moisturizer is a great solution! Aveda’s inner light™ mineral tinted moisture is a great way to get the coverage of a foundation without the weight. “Infused with 100% mineral derived pigments and nourishing plant emollients,” this will give you a wonderfully even skin tone with a dewy finish while hydrating your skin.
10. Best Vegan Drugstore Moisturizer
e.l.f.: Holy Hydration! Face Cream
Holy Hydration, Batman! If you’re looking for a great vegan drugstore moisturizer, e.l.f. makes a great one! Packed with hyaluronic acid and peptide complex, this very affordable moisturizer is especially good for sensitive skins--there’s also a fragrance-free version if fragrance gets to you. Plus, it makes a great excuse for going to Target—what more could you want?
We hope this gives you some options about vegan moisturizers. As you can see, vegan really doesn’t have to limit your choices anymore. Whether you’re looking for a light-tinted moisturizer or an every day-do-everything vegan moisturizer to add to your skin care routine, there’s one out there for you!