Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Cruelty-Free Skin Care Routine

I've recently posted about my dismay with beauty lines still using animal testing. Since starting my research on this matter, I've recently overhauled my skin care routine so I'm only using lines that are cruelty free. So far I've been very happy with the products I've chosen and thought I would share them.

I'd like to note that my skin goes from painfully dry during winter to somewhat dry during summer and I've chosen products according to my skin care needs. My routine is also not as complete as I'd like it. The eye cream I'm using is okay and have not found an anti-aging serum I'm in love with yet. Yes my skin has gotten to the age that anti-aging products need to be part of my regular routine.

With that said I start with Sephora's Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. This stuff is amazing, it really gets off all my eye makeup without having to wipe and tug at the delicate skin around my eyes.

Next I remove the rest of my makeup with Lierac Paris Demaquillant Purete (Purifying Cleanser). I found this at CVS Pharmacy. It's on the wall with the more expensive lines of skin care. It's $24, but I only use it when I'm wearing makeup and I only use 1 1/2 pumps to take my makeup off. I do want to note that I have not found anything definitive that states this company does or does not engage in animal testing so I'm comfortable using it. This cleanser is suppose to be for more oily skin but since it's sulfate free I find I can use it on my skin and it doesn't dry me out.

To clean my skin, I use Derma E Glycolic Facial Cleanser with Marine Plant Extracts. This is a natural body care line that I also found at CVS Pharmacy. I love this line because it's free of anything that is really bad for your skin. So much crap goes into skin care lines nowadays that doesn't need to be there. Your skin has no use for fillers and preservatives. I love this product because it's so creamy, kinda the consistency of Cetaphil so it's not drying even though it's designed for oily skin. It has gentle exfoliation because of the glycolic acid without being irritating and my skin can be extremely sensitive.
 So my eye cream works well at keeping the skin around my eyes hydrated but I don't feel it has enough anti-aging power to counteract some of the signs of aging that I have going on. However, it is a very nice eye cream for someone who has dry sensitive skin around their eyes. I'm currently using TimeBalm Cranberry Invigorating Eye Cream by TheBalm. It's a rather large container so it's a great bargain for the amount you get. Once I've finished it, if I can last that long, I want to try one from the Sephora line and will do a review on that.

Lastly my moisturizer I use is by a company called ACURE. I found it at Whole Foods and is an organic skin care line. I use the Day Cream for Dry Skin. This isn't the cheapest, at $18.99 for 1oz it does hurt a little but my skin LOVES this stuff. I want to add in the night cream to my routine also.

On a side note, my favorite sun protection comes from Jason Naturals skin care. It's SPF 45 and I never burn using it! Plus the scent is amazing and exactly what sun screen should smell like!! I usually find this at either Whole Foods or Safeway (Vons if your SoCal).


  1. I am actually running a giveaway that you may like. You can win an organic skincare set: creams, cleanser and toner. :) Feel free to enter if you like. x

  2. Hey darlin'!

    I'm using the same eye cream as well. I bought it at TJ Maxx for a great price and you are right about how much product you get. So it's a great deal!

    xx Christina