The Best Vegan Face Masks

Is there anything better than a Friday night in with fresh pyjamas, clean bed sheets and a face mask? I love meeting friends for drinks or going to the cinema, but after a busy, stressful week both me and my skin could do with some self care.

From the mask that smells like heaven to the brand you can pick up for less than a pound, these are my favourite cruelty-free and vegan face masks.

The Body Shop
I used to shop at The Body Shop a lot when I was in my teens (mango scent for life), but they dropped off my radar until I was given a voucher and got reacquainted with the brand. I was drawn to their face masks, thanks to a big sign behind the till shouting about their vegan-friendly options, and I wasn’t disappointed. I LOVE using their Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask (£16) when my skin feels like it needs a deep cleanse – it goes on wet and muddy, smells amazing and dries down to a clay finish, before you wash it off with warm water. Afterwards, my face feels really fresh and pure.

The only downside to this mask is that it makes my skin tingle. I’m still unsure whether I have sensitive skin or whether it’s certain ingredients that my skin reacts to, but after the first few seconds the tingle does die down and I don’t see any redness or reaction when I take off the mask. I’d be interested to try their other vegan face masks, which includes an Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask and a British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.

Evolve Organic Beauty
Another face mask that smells incredible is the Evolve Organic Beauty Radiant Glow Organic Face Mask (£20) with cacao powder, coconut and clay. The rich mask with natural sugar extracts makes you feel like you’re slathering expensive chocolate all over your face, and it’s hard not to lick around your lips when you’re wearing it. I love that it exfoliates as you wash the mask off too. YUM.

7th Heaven
If you’re looking for a face mask that’s cheap and easily available on the high street (including Primark’s impressive beauty section), 7th Heaven are perfect for inexpensive masks that travel well thanks to their packaging. Not all the masks are vegan, but the whole range is vegetarian. I’ve been using the Tea Tree Peel Off Mask and have the Super Fruit Mud Mask next on rotation, but their other vegan products include the Argan Oil, Black Seaweed, Cucumber and Charcoal Masks, all on sale at Boots for £1, or £5.99 for a tube.

Odylique
Odylique’s 3 in 1 Maca Mask (£20) is different to any other mask I’ve tried so far. First of all, it comes in a powder form which you’re supposed to mix with water or (vegan) yogurt. Just like The Body Shop mask, it goes on wet and dries to a clay-type finish, which you then wash off with warm water. I have oily skin that sometimes feels congested so I loved how fresh and clean this left my skin feeling, but using yogurt instead of water would add a hit of moisture too. The mask is also 40% organic and contains sugar cane, clay, vitamin c and, of course, Maca.

Sukin
Sukin are a pretty well-known brand among vegans, so I’m surprised that it’s taken me this long to try any of their skincare range. I have had their Detoxifying Clay Masque (£10.15) in my bathroom cabinet ready to try and finally got a chance to test it out last night – it smells lovely, a tiny bit like a bakewell tart but not too fake and sweet, and feels very creamy and moisturising on the skin. It doesn’t feel harsh but still left my skin feeling refreshed and bright. I’d intrigued to try the rest of the skincare range which I have ready for rotation.

These might be my favourite masks right now, but there are a few more vegan face masks I have my eye on right now.

SkinYoga
SkinYoga is a totally cruelty-free brand who have a few vegan face masks, like Green Tea (£31) and Sandalwood Saffron (£27). The Green Tea mask would be better for my oily skin and both come in powder form which is great for travelling and the shelf life of the mask. My only concern is the ‘whitening’ rice powder – I can understand wanting to even out skin tone but all skins are beautiful, whatever your shade (or shades) and nobody should be made to feel like only fair skin is beautiful!

Are there any vegan face masks I’ve missed off this list? Please let me know in the comments below!

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