A good moisturiser is the foundation of your daily skin care routine, especially in colder weather. But you don’t have to compromise on ethics or ingredients to get dewy, hydrated skin.
We’ve put together 8 of our favourite clean and cruelty-free moisturisers that are paraben free, SLS free, packed with natural or organic nourishing ingredients, and sustainably packaged.
This tinted moisturiser not only hydrates but also protects skin from UVA and UVB rays, and oxidative stress. It’s packed with high-performance antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients like raspberry seed oil, avocado extract and a regenerative organic herb infusion. It’s also vegan friendly! Ingredients in De Mamiel products are naturally sourced and blended in small quantities, and encased in recyclable and reusable glass containers.
This extra rich moisturiser is formulated with phyto-peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. Polyphenols from white tea contain free-radical fighting antioxidants that noticeably improve elasticity, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the visible signs of aging. Hard to say no to that.
If it’s skin brightening you’re after, REN Clean Skincare Vitamin C Gel Cream should do the job. It contains a blend of brightening vitamin C with magnesium and tarra pod extract that fades hyperpigmentation, neutralises airborne pollutants, nourishes and hydrates skin. That’s a hard working moisturiser. Layer over REN’s hyaluronic-packed Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion for added moisture if you need it. Cap and bottle are 100% recyclable.
Tata Harper's Water-Lock Moisturiser has a gel crème texture and is brimming with hyaluronic acid to plump and replenish dry skin. It's also enriched with water trapping pomegranate extracts and orange derived peptides to bolster defence from the elements. This moisturiser is the first refillable product from the brand so you can minimise waste by purchasing refill pods for the glass jar.
Clean, green and vegan, this rich and fragrance-free moisturiser is a must for colder months, and great for sensitive skin. The cream is calming, cooling and boosted with 22 nourishing super seed oils which help protect against the elements. Votary's packaging, from glass jars and bottles to paper packaging, is recyclable.
Edible Beauty No. 4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion
A light-weight moisturiser for all skin types Edible Beauty's No.4 Lotion includes a blend of cocoa butter, shea butter and camellia seed oil as well as black raspberry seed oil, a natural SPF. The lotion has a heavenly light vanilla scent, is vegan, gluten free and packaged in a glass bottle.
This weightless, intensive moisturiser is easily absorbed and contains natural and organic ingredients such as plant-based hyaluronic acid, hibiscus flower, active manuka honey and harakeke gel, from a New Zealand native shrub known for its many skin-enhancing properties. Suitable for most skin types, especially oily or dehydrated skin.
Please note: as it contains manuka honey this product is not vegan.
This multitasking light-weight moisturiser is rich in soothing aloe vera, antioxidant tea extracts and plumping hyaluronic acid. Ingredients are 100% plant derived and the lotion can be customised with the brand’s serum concentrates. If you need a radiance boost add 2-3 drops of the Dull Skin Serum Concentrate, or get those blemishes under control with the Pimples Serum Concentrate. It can even be used as an eye treatment by supplementing it with the Eye Contour Serum Concentrate.