I've never thought of myself as a skincare junkie...mostly because I've never been one. The skincare market is ripe for decision anxiety, and so the secret I've discovered to dipping a productive toe into this market is a genuine interest to understand, find, and test.
Quick and relevant backstory -- I chose to be vegan because it is a rational extension of my values: based on what I know and what is important to me, it doesn't make logical sense to kill animals and the system to support this practice is something with which I am not aligned. As with sustainable fashion and empathy alike, I see veganism as a practice. That is, a set of decisions and behaviors that are shaped by one's the ever-evolving intersection between What You Know and What You Value.
Vegan & cruelty-free beauty products is the latest area when I am testing and developing this kind of practice. What that looks like for me right now, is a keen interest in researching, finding, and using these sorts of products, and a personal "beauty cabinet" that is comprised of about 65% vegan & cruelty-free products.
Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Daily Peel -- A few years ago, Dayna Frazer and I walked Manhattan from one side to the other, and she let me in on the first of several skincare secrets: avocado oil. Through I've since graduated to jojoba oil, Dayna's skin recos are still the best, for she has the *most* beautiful skin (and is one of those special Cool And Thoughtful ones who is as pretty on the inside as she in on the outside). Dayna recently shared her skin favorites on her blog Leather Petal, and so I gobbled up a couple of her favorites, included these peels. Vegan and cruelty-free, y-e-h-s -!
Yes to Tomatoes Balancing Moisturizer -- A vegan & cruelty-free favorite by fellow practitioners. I was using Yes to Blueberries for a while a loved it, but tomatoes is definitely where it's at. You can actually find this in drugstores. It's there, even if you need to hit up two or three Duane Reades before landing the girl.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil -- Not vegan, unfortunately, because it's worth the hype. With skin still healing from several rounds of "problems" a few years back, I find this to be a miracle salve of sorts.
Kiehl's Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque -- Thrown in as a sample, and I'm still thanking the lovely woman who decided to give it to me. This is one of the only products I've used that has yielded a dramatic difference the next morning. **reco that you don't use this if your skin in a dry moment.
L'uvalla Milk Cleanser -- A new favorite brand that proves French skincare and vegan beauty are no longer mutually exclusive here. Voila, dreams come true. Super gentle wash.