With so many products to choose from shopping for skincare can be mind-boggling, but throw veganism into the mix, and it becomes a whole new ball game!

Vegan skincare, contrarily to natural skincare, uses ingredients that are completely plant-derived. The good news is that this is no longer a niche lifestyle choice, the numbers of vegans are rising at an impressive rate and brands are reacting to the differing needs of their consumers.

What’s more, vegan skincare doesn’t skimp on quality! From cleansers to toners, moisturisers to serums, these products will leave your skin looking and feeling fresh and radiant and are a great addition to your daily skincare regime, whether you’re vegan or not. If you want to avoid animal by-products in your skincare, keep reading for our definitive guide of ingredients to avoid and products to stock up on.



Although beeswax doesn’t directly come from the bee, it is known as an animal by-product because it is derived from the honeycomb that bees produce. While it should be avoiding if you are seeking vegan-friendly products, beeswax is commonly used in natural skincare due to its highly moisturising, skin softening properties.

Royal Jelly

Similarly to beeswax, royal jelly is also a bee by-product used in a host of natural skincare products to target ageing, relieve irritation and refine general skin health. The substance oozes from the glands of the worker bees and is fed to their young. Vegan-friendly alternatives include aloe vera and shea butter.


Our skins natural collagen production depletes with age, which is why collagen-based skincare products are so popular. Not only do they promise to reduce the appearance of lines of wrinkles, but they improve elasticity and restore vitality. Unfortunately, collagen supplements commonly used in skincare are produced from the bones, skin and connective tissues of animals, including cattle (Bovine Collagen) and fish (Marine Collagen), among others.

Luckily, there are vegan-friendly, plant-derived alternatives to collagen which have the same effect on the skin; the most common being Vitamin C. Its antioxidant properties not only make it a vital molecule for skin health but our bodies actually need it to produce collagen. 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Found in fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids are well known for both their nutritional and aesthetic benefits. When it comes to skincare, they help regulate oil production, boost hydration and calm irritation whilst also protecting the skin against environmental and elemental damage.

Omega 3 comes in several different forms, including both animal and plant-derived sources. Plant-based versions of omega 3 come from flaxseeds, chia seeds and leafy greens which are 100% vegan friendly! 


 Lanolin acts as a lubricant to prevent water loss and eliminate dry, flaky or irritated skin. The substance is secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep and acts as their waterproof barrier to protect from cold and wet conditions.

Even though Lanolin possesses moisturising properties, research also indicates the substance as a comedogenic and cause of allergic reactions, particularly in those with sensitive skin.

Lactic Acid

Often derived from milk, Lactic Acid is an AHA. Known for its ability to accelerate the shedding of dead skin cells and detoxify the complexion, it is often found in skin-peeling or exfoliating products.   

Don’t panic if lactic acid is present in your vegan skincare regime, as there are plant-based derivatives of the ingredient.

Our Top Five Vegan Skincare Products 

At MONU we pride ourselves on our variety of cruelty-free skincare and have now developed our own range of vegan friendly products. Below are our favourite's, please click here to view our full range of vegan and cruelty-free products. 

Rich Cream Cleanser

An anti-ageing wonder, the Rich Cream Cleanser is a must for refreshing the complexion. Our innovative combination of natural ingredients, including panthenol and rosehip seed oil, deeply nourishes the skin whilst removing makeup and impurities in one quick and easy step. 

Micro Exfoliant

Bursting with plant-based actives, including papaya enzymes and diatomaceous earth, the dual-action microdermabrasion of Micro Exfoliant helps to soothe, calm and brighten the skin. Its gentle exfoliating action removes dead cells to eliminate dull complexions and restore natural radiance.

Nourishing Treatment Oil

Calm, condition and protect your complexion with this powerful facial oil. Enriched with wild yam and soya extract, plus blackcurrant seed oil, it restores a natural, healthy glow and improves elasticity to keep skin looking younger for longer. 

Brightening Boost

Enhanced with vitamin c, this energising formulation penetrates the skins surface to deliver greater stimulation. Brightening Boost also targets signs of premature ageing by stimulating collagen production and balancing skin tone, reducing signs of pigmentation and promoting a brighter, fresher appearance. 

Restoring Cream

Available in both light and rich formulations, Restoring Cream provides intense nourishment and hydration. Our innovative blend of floral essential oils and age-defying vitamin c helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as delivering an instant boost of radiance. 

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Joanne R 23 Feb 2017 22:02 (3 years ago)

I got this in a beauty box & it's my best go to product! Smells gorgeous ! Put it on before bed my skin the next morning is glowing, so soft and radiant ! Love it !

Jodie 19 Jul 2016 08:23 (4 years ago)

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Lucy 18 Apr 2016 11:31 (4 years ago)

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Ricia 3 Feb 2016 16:38 (4 years ago)

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Anon 18 Jan 2013 00:00 (7 years ago)

Used at night leaves skin feel rehydrated and smooth

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