In this post, I share the affordable vegan skincare products that keep my naturally oily skin healthy and blemish-free.
Eating a healthy, plant-based diet is the first best thing you can do for your skin. The next best thing is to use products that are as ‘green’ as possible. There is a common misconception that natural and plant-based products are expensive.
If you look hard enough and know what to look for, you’ll find that there are a lot of hidden gems available on the high street.
In saying that, the first product you pick up may not work for you. You may have to try a lot of products (and waste a lot of money, unfortunately) before you find your holy grail items.
Oily skin is a blessing and can be a curse at the same time. It’s a blessing because your skin is less prone to wrinkles and premature ageing. It is a curse because you end up looking like you take an oil-bath all day every day.
My oily skin is not as bad as it used to be during my teenage years, but without the right products, it can be just as bad.
I have found that charcoal-containing products work best with my oily skin. Perhaps that’s not very surprising since charcoal naturally has detoxifying properties. It draws out impurities from the skin and promotes a blemish-free complexion.
I have tried a lot of products in the past, and honestly, the ones I’m about to mention are by far the best I’ve ever used.
They are made by two different skincare brands – Sukin Organics and Dr Organic. Sukin is an Australian vegan and cruelty-free brand, while Dr Organic is a vegetarian brand that makes mostly vegan products. I use specific products from Sukin Organics and Dr Organics charcoal range.
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- Activated Charcoal Pore Cleansing Face Mask (£6.99)
- Activated Charcoal Deep Cleansing Face Scrub (£6.99)
Skincare experts advise people to use products from the same line to get maximum effects since the products are developed to compliment each other. However, even though these products are from two separate brands, they work fantastically well together. The ingredients in both products are very similar, so they compliment each other really well.
In addition to charcoal, they contain oily-skin loving ingredients like Mandarin oil, Palmarosa oil, Grapefruit seed extract, Patchouli oil and Willow Bark extract.
My Skincare Routine
Step 1: Cleanse
“A gel-based everyday cleanser enriched with bamboo charcoal to purify and balance the complexion. Bilberry, white tea and pomegranate impart antioxidants and vitamins on the skin while chamomile, aloe vera and cucumber work to soothe the skin while cleansing. Moringa and coconut extracts assist in keeping the skin clear of impurities, while rooibos and willowherb assist with guarding against breakouts.”
I start off by washing my face with a pea-sized amount of the oil balancing purifying gel cleanser. The cleanser itself is light-grey in colour with a very faint scent. It lathers up rather well, and you only need a minimal amount.
The cleanser goes on very smoothly on the skin, and one lather is usually enough to clean my face properly. My face feels clean once I wash it off and does it feel dry or stripped. It feels very smooth and soft.
I clean my skin twice a day – once in the morning and once at night before bed. Because you need only a small amount, you’ll find that this 125ml bottle will last a very long time. I’ve been using my current bottle for six weeks, and I haven’t used only about a quarter of the bottle.
Step 2: Exfoliate
“Activated Charcoal is a naturally invigorating ingredient that in combination with a complex blend of bioactive, natural and organic ingredients, creates a deep cleansing exfoliant. This face scrub helps to leave the skin purified and fresh with a clear looking complexion.”
I exfoliate my skin with the activated charcoal deep cleansing scrub from Dr organics. This scrub has very fine particles in it that gently exfoliate the top layer of skin. When I want an intense scrub, I apply it on dry skin. And when I want a lighter scrub, I use it on the slightly damp skin.
I exfoliate my skin one day, usually at night with this product. Using it more than once a day is too harsh for my skin especially if I use it on dry skin.
This product is deep grey with a delightful scent. The scent is one my favourite things about this range. Once again, you only need a tiny amount to clean your skin.
My skin always feels exceptionally soft and silky afterwards.
Step 3: Mask
“Activated Charcoal is a unique natural ingredient that, in conjunction with a complex blend of bioactive, organic ingredients including natural fruit acids, creates a purifying mask that absorbs impurities such as dirt and oil. Helping to provide a clear complexion, this face mask also leaves the skin feeling totally refreshed with deeply cleansed pores.”
I use the mask two times a week for a deeper cleanse. I find it very especially useful in the week before and during my monthly cycle. My skin gets especially oily then and becomes very prone to breakouts. When I use this diligently, I have very minimal breakouts.
This one is also dark grey. It has the same fantastic scent like the scrub. It smoothes on nicely. I apply a really thin layer then allow it to dry before rinsing it off with warm water.
I feel my pores open up after this mask. It feels as though they’re breathing again.
Step 4: Moisturise
“This daily moisturiser is quickly absorbed and employs rice powder and moringa to promote healthy pores and leave a mattified and balanced complexion. Aloe vera and bilberry offer light, non-greasy hydration, and added white tea and pomegranate provide nourishing antioxidants for a healthy glow. Rooibos tea and willowherb may assist with guarding against impurities and breakouts, while chamomile and cucumber maintain a calm complexion.”
This is the most critical steps in my skincare routine, but it is one that a lot of people with oily skin tend to ignore. No matter how oily your skin is, it still needs to be moisturised to keep it supple and hydrated.
Finding a good moisturiser that does its job without leaving your skin super oily is incredibly difficult, and that’s the key reason why I am so in love with this one. It leaves my skin hydrated, but matte all day. The way my skin looks in the photo below (taken immediately after applying this moisturiser) is the way it remains all day. Amazing!
You need a smaller amount than I’ve shown in the photo below if you use it only for your face. I usually apply it to my neck as well, and that’s the reason I have that much. Once again, this product lasts at least three months. I use this as a day and night cream. I have had this 125ml bottle for around eight weeks so far, and I’ve used just over half of it. For only £9.99, it is a steal!
I buy all of these products from my local Holland & Barrett, but they’re also available to purchase online. Dr Organic is exclusive to Holland & Barrett, but you can find Sukin’s Charcoal range on Amazon (affiliate link).
My skin is not perfect, but it has a long way! I am confident enough to go out without makeup on (which I rarely wear anyway) and that’s what is most important to me. I’m extremely happy that I can use affordable products to keep my skin clear.
What’s your skin type – combination, dry or oily? What products do you use to keep your complexion at its best? Chime in the comments!