These are the best vegan, cruelty-free face and body oils to start introducing into your skincare routine

Recent dermatological studies show that our skin needs a variety of anti-inflammatory, natural oils to maintain a healthy balance and prevent it from getting too dry, which can lead to breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. Using facial and body oils, especially during colder months, helps keep moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage. 

Here are a few of our top picks from vegan brands:

Marula Oil by African Botanics

This award-winning, lightweight oil absorbs instantly and delivers nutrients while neutralising free radicals to visibly smoothen and repair the skin. High levels of oleic acid allow rapid absorption.

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Facial Healing Elixir by Merme Berlin

This 100 per cent cold-pressed Tamanu oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising, and speeds up the rate at which wounds heal thanks to omegas 6 and 9. Suitable for problematic and sensitive skin.

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Noni Glow Body Oil by Kora Organics

This luxurious, lightweight and multi-purpose body oil, from Miranda Kerr’s skincare line, combines organic Noni extract, rosehip and sunflower seed oils to provide the skin with moisture and essential fatty acids.

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Intense Night Oil by Votary London

A gentle retinoid in a natural plant oil base that works its magic overnight, leaving skin plumped and smoothed.

Available at Joyce Beauty stores

Face Blend by Subtle Energies

A light and smooth oil with ingredients such as mogra and ashwagandha to stimulate cell renewal and promote collagen and elastin production, keeping the skin firm and revitalised. Indian rose deeply hydrates the skin, nourishing and restoring balance.

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Neck Contouring Concentrate by Skin Owl

With a combination of age-defying healing herbs, restorative plant and flower compounds, and Ocean Mineral Complex, this neck contouring concentrate create a smooth, youthful, and contoured neck and décolleté, with dark spots & crease marks visibly reduced.

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Kypris Beauty Elixir III: Prismatic Array

This gentle beauty oil is made with certified, bio-identical CoQ10—easily absorbed since it has the same molecular structure as is found in the body— anti-ageing Vitamin C Ester, and a combination of sustain­ably sourced botanicals that works to dimin­ish signs of UV over-exposure and dryness for a luminous, petal-soft complexion. 

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