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My Current Cruelty-Free Drugstore Skincare Routine

I was so sad to say goodbye to my beloved Philosophy Purity Cleanser, but I knew I could find an awesome alternative that didn’t involve animal testing. My sensitive skin reacts negatively to anything with harsh chemicals or sketchy ingredients, so I was surprised to find an amazing cleanser and toner at the drugstore of all places! Before I did I was looking to private label skin care products to try as i’d heard they help people with sensitive skin like mine. I may still give them a go in the future, though.

My current skincare routine consists of only four products, with mostly natural ingredients. You can find some comparable versions through Laneige on KollectionK if you can’t find the ones I recommend on here. I have been using this combination of products for about a month, and am surprised by how clear my skin has become! Before this, I was using a high-end cleanser from Sephora. I’m so happy to find one just as gentle from the drugstore.

For reference, I have dry to combination skin with occasional breakouts. My skin is fairly sensitive but I don’t have a huge problem with acne, just small whiteheads around my nose and chin (hormonal). Thankfully you can go check out reneerouleau.com for options to deal with these too, but I prefer to go to my local drugstore just for ease.


Step 1: Cleanse

The cleanser I have been using is Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser, and I am in love! It is made for sensitive skin and has 97% natural ingredients. I wouldn’t say it is a dupe for the Philosophy cleanser, but it is just as gentle. The cucumber and green tea extract are super calming in the morning!

At first I was a little worried because the packaging says MILK, but it actually is made of soy milk! I find that this cleanser takes off most of my makeup (I don’t usually use waterproof) and doesn’t dry out my skin at all. I have been using this cleanser twice a day and I like to use a facial brush to give my skin a good scrub once a week too; exfoliation is key!

Step 2: Tone

I’ve never been a big fan of toner but wanted to try one after watching Caitlin Shoemaker‘s skincare routine video. Her skin is amazing! The one I picked up is Natural Acnedote from Alba Botanica. Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t have a huge acne problem but wanted a product that would completely wipe out all of my little breakouts acne scars. So far this product has been amazing–my skin is so clear and I can tell that it has evened out my skin tone and reduced scarring.

The main ingredient in this product is salicylic acid for acne, which can be drying. I have been using it morning and night and after about a month I’ve noticed a bit of dryness, so I may experiment by using it only in the morning. All of the ingredients are derived from plants, including the salicylic acid from Willow Bark Extract!

Step 3: Moisturize

One of the biggest game changers I have discovered for my skin is rosehip seed oil. For awhile I was using it in place of my moisturizer, but lately I have just been adding a couple drops to my Simple Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. I have been using this combo for a while now and really liking it. I only add a drop of rosehip oil to my moisturizer during the day, but I add about three at night. The brand I use is Life-flo.

The Simple moisturizer is formulated for sensitive skin and doesn’t contain fragrance or harsh chemicals. I will also add that although Simple itself doesn’t test on animals, their parent company, Unilever, does. I am okay with this because it increases demand for cruelty-free products, but avoid this product if you disagree.


I have included links to all of these products, although they can be found at most drugstores or large grocery chains. I’m excited to have found an awesome cruelty-free and mostly natural skincare set that doesn’t break the bank! What are your favorite skincare products? Leave a comment below!




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