Is there anything more revitalizing than a vegan face scrub? We’ve got something for everyone, from organic face scrubs to vegan exfoliators for your body.
Pamper yourself and have an at home spa day whenever the mood strikes with these heavenly vegan exfoliators.
If you’ve never tried a vegan face exfoliator before, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered! Read on to find out exactly what a vegan facial scrub is, what it does, how to use it, and check out some of our personal favorites.
What are vegan face scrubs?
Vegan face scrubs are facial cleansing products that contain granules designed to exfoliate the skin. Natural vegan face exfoliators often contain things like sugar, salt, and ground-up oats, because these ingredients gently remove dead skin as well as lift any dirt and oil that could clog up your pores. Face scrubs usually have a creamy base, so for us plant-based folk it’s important to check that the base doesn’t contain any animal derivatives like milk.
Vegan face scrubs are a great way to potentially improve the texture of your skin because they prevent anything from building up on your skin. The difference between vegan exfoliators and regular vegan face washes is that vegan exfoliators use granules to buff skin clean, whereas a face wash will use cleansing ingredients, much as a soap. Usually, you will be able to use a cleanser more frequently because they are gentler on the skin, but it’s great to use a combination of both types of facial care products in your skincare routine.
When and how should you use a face scrub?
When you should use a face scrub depends on the face scrub itself and your skin type. Some vegan face scrubs are suitable for daily use, but you will find that some are too abrasive, so should only be used once every few days to remove any build-up of dirt or oil. If you have never used a face scrub before then it is best to check the directions carefully and start off using it every few days rather than daily.
When it comes to using a vegan facial scrub, you should apply a small amount (roughly the size of a nickel) to your hand and then use your fingers to apply the product to your face. Apply your vegan exfoliator gently in small, circular motions for no more than 30 seconds, because if you over-exfoliate then you can cause dryness and irritation. It’s also super important to avoid the area around your eyes because the skin here is too sensitive to exfoliate. After your 30 seconds are up, rinse the vegan facial exfoliator off with lukewarm (never hot) water and then pat dry with a towel. It’s a good idea to pat dry rather than rub because it’s much gentler, and then all that’s left to do is finish off by applying your favorite vegan moisturizer.
A good face scrub gently exfoliates your skin
The best vegan face scrubs exfoliate the skin gently to scrub away things like pollutants from the air, dirt, and excess oil. There’s no benefit to over-exfoliating, whether that’s by exfoliating too frequently or using an exfoliator that’s too harsh for your skin. Overly abrasive face scrubs will only cause damage to your skin, so you should not be tempted into thinking that the more intense the scrub, the better it is. The easiest way to test whether a vegan facial exfoliant is gentle enough is to try it out on a less sensitive part of your body first, like the back of your hand or your forearm.
Another crucial component of the gentleness of a vegan face exfoliator is the chemicals and fragrances it contains. Products that contain lots of chemicals and artificial fragrances are likely to be less gentle on your skin than their natural counterparts. Your best bet when trying to choose a gentle vegan exfoliator is to look for an organic face scrub that only contains natural fragrances like essential oils or one that is fragrance-free.
Top Vegan Face Scrub Brands to try
Spoiled for choice? Check out some of our favorite vegan exfoliators!
Earth Science – Apricot Facial Scrub: This beautiful vegan face scrub combines refreshing orange with soothing chamomile, leaving your skin feeling both revitalized and relaxed! What’s even better, is that it’s suitable for all skin types so nobody has to miss out.
Alba Botanica – Acnedote Face & Body Scrub: Fans of efficiency, we have the product for you! This vegan face scrub can be used on your body and acne-prone skin, making it an excellent all-rounder. It contains 2.0% salicylic acid, which is fantastic for penetrating pores and tackling pimples, as well as willow bark and ground walnut shells to gently exfoliate your skin.
Cocokind – Sea Moss Exfoliator: We love this organic face scrub! It’s made from organic Irish sea moss and essential oils for a unique cleansing experience that truly feels like a return to nature. Scrub your dead skin away with the best organic face exfoliator, to leave you with a beautifully clean and radiant complexion.
Mineral Fusion – Face Skin Care: Who says you can’t have it all? Certainly not us, because that’s exactly what you get with this Mineral Fusion collection. This Vegan face scrub, toner, and moisturizer set is the answer to all of your skincare needs. All 3 of these products are made using natural ingredients to leave your face feeling cleansed and hydrated to perfection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are face scrubs harmful to pimples?
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer because it depends on your skin and which plant-based face exfoliator you’re using. Although it’s very tempting to scrub away at breakouts, it may make them worse. Depending on the cause of your breakout, you may be able to use a gentle exfoliator. Just make sure that you do not push too hard into your skin when using a face scrub and if you feel any irritation or find that your acne is worsening then stop using it immediately. If you need personal advice on how to best take care of your skin, please get in touch with a dermatologist.
Is it good to use a face scrub every day?
It totally depends on what the face scrub is made from and how abrasive it is on the skin, as well as your skin type. Generally speaking, vegan facial exfoliants should only be used once every few days because they are harsher on the skin than ordinary cleansers. That being said, there are some vegan face scrubs that can be used daily provided that the ingredients are very gentle on your skin. If you have very sensitive or very dry skin, then it’s most likely not going to be a good idea for you to use a vegan facial exfoliator every day.
Can I use face scrubs in winter?
Absolutely! It’s just as good to maintain regular use of a vegan exfoliator during the winter as it is at any other time of the year. However, many people find that their skin is much drier in the winter months, so it’s important to maintain a good moisturizing regime. If you find that your skin is becoming extremely dry, then use a more gentle cleanser for a few days like Acure’s Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser until you feel that your skin is feeling hydrated enough again.
Do face scrubs remove blackheads?
Although many face scrubs claim to be effective at removing blackheads, they actually tend to be better at preventing further occurrences as opposed to treating current cases. Face scrubs remove oil, dirt, and dead skin from the surface of your face so they will help to stop pores from getting clogged. However, they are unlikely to be able to penetrate deep enough into your pores to remove blackheads on their own, but face scrubs that also contain chemicals like salicylic acid may help to remove them completely.