A Cruelty-Free Skincare Routine that Makes a Noticeable Difference

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Do you love the idea of skincare products that you can actually see the difference they make in your skin? Otherwise, is it worth what you’re paying for them? And why shouldn’t those products be cruelty-free and safe (paraben-free)? 


I worked for a man who used to guess ages and weights at a carnival. No kidding. He told me he could have never guessed my age. I always loved that.

(A little-known fact he told me about that is, if you guess a woman’s weight, you always go lower so you don’t offend her. Ha!)


For all of the women who have asked me how I take care of my skin, I’ve finally gotten it all down and am excited to share it with you. First and foremost: the fact that I have a cruelty-free skincare routine is hugely important to me. There is no way I could justify a luxury pursuit, in the form of a well-intentioned skincare routine, which would support unnecessarily cruelty to animals. I have found highly effective alternatives and feel better purchasing from those companies who share my feeling and commitment.


To begin with, I only wash my face at night.

I figure that it doesn’t get dirty while I sleep and it’s worked hard to rebalance all of its necessary oils and optimal pH during those hours. Why wreck that?


None of what I do is ridiculous. I’m not making a career out of my skincare routine, just wanting to be certain everything I use makes a noticeable difference and is the best I can find. Because if you can’t tell what it’s doing, is it worth what you’re paying? And, why worry that your skin isn’t getting what it needs?


Here's my Cruelty-Free Skincare Routine

A cruelty-free skincare routine has always been my passion.

I love to share what I’ve learned and what I’m currently using. I discuss all of the skincare products I currently use in the following posts: They’re all under $20, EFFECTIVE, paraben-free and yes, cruelty-free. I update these posts as anything changes.

6 Noticeably Effective Beauty & Skincare Products Under $20

Vitacost: Health and Skincare Products Up to 50% Off – Vitamins Too




PM Routine

  • I wash my face in the shower with a clear bar of gentle, unscented, glycerin soap and rinse it well. Years ago in private sessions, Erno Lazlo, of the famed high-end skincare line, would instruct the women who used his products to rinse their faces 100 times. If I let the water run on my face for a minute that should be close to EL’s 100.

Here’s an excellent glycerin soap, by Clearly Natural ($1.39/4 oz bar). Don’t expect it to foam, it doesn’t, but it does rinse well and it’s not at all drying.


  • TruSkin 20% Vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E (This one is so affordable I can use it PM and AM) – I take special care to make certain to apply it to my entire face with extra attention to any hyperpigmentation and lines close to my eyes and around my mouth. Give the serum a good minute to soak in before the next step. I have a separate post just about Vitamin C serum, this one in particular.



  • GloNaturals Vitamin C Cream – the new darling of my skincare routine. I love everything about this one from the light citrus smell, silky texture (you won’t believe how soft it is) and the price (only $8/2 oz.) – works as an eye cream too. Avoid getting it in your eyes.


  • (Winter – I use Home Health Hyaluronic Acid Cream after the E cream – no need in the warmer months if you live in a climate with some humidity) – I’ve written about this one before. The scent is not my taste so I add my own essential oil (lemon or grapefruit – quite a bit) and it’s my go-to body and face cream when I need more moisture in the colder months. Not more itchy winter skin!



AM Routine

  • Once a week, I use Silver Powder – by Mario Badescu, in the morning (just nose and chin), and that’s enough to almost completely eliminate blackheads. This stuff is so effective that I’ve written a separate post just to sing its praises.


  • Vitamin C Serum – applied just as above.


  • Vitamin E Cream – applied just as above.


  • Badger Sunscreen SPF 35 – I trust this one. It’s consistently rated as one of the safer ones, and that’s a concern when it comes to sunscreen. Vitacost sells it for a great price, and it lasts. It’s zinc-base so start out with just a bit and see how much you need, so it rubs in completely. Otherwise, it will leave a white film, which you can rub in with a towel.




PMD Home Microdermabrasion Tool - My Cruelty-Free Skincare RoutineI have a home – PMD Microdermabrasion tool that I use once a month. I’ve had it for a few years and love that I don’t have to pay for microdermabrasion treatments. It’s more than paid for itself and is gently but seriously scrubby where I feel I need it most.

It’s based on the idea that if you gently create a very slight abrasion on the surface of your skin, your body will trigger a “repair and renewal process.” It’s advised NOT to use any type of microdermabrasion any more often than once every 3-4 weeks. Go easy.

It’s a pretty great price at $95 on Amazon (w/free shipping). It pays for itself after using it twice. The refills are affordable, and they last me a long time.

I’m a bit of a rebel, so after getting used to how it worked, I stopped using the plastic protector because I wanted to control the pressure more. That said; do as the manufacturer says, NOT as I do.

Here’s a video showing how it works. 


I do not use any of the skincare products they mention. I have not ascertained if they would fit into my cruelty-free skincare routine, or if they contain parabens. They also say you can use this tool every 6-7 days. I use it for about 5-7 minutes and very thoroughly, so I give my skin a good three weeks to recover before another treatment. You’ll learn what works for you. Don’t over-do-it. 

And, don’t use any type of ‘peel” product or harsh scrub for at least a week after microdermabrasion. My skincare products work even better after I’ve used this tool.




As a rule, I do NOT use baking soda on my face but on occasion, I will mix it with coconut oil as a scrub. I’ve just learned that baking soda’s pH is too different from that of our skin and can throw it into trauma. I do love this scrub but no more often than once a month (in between microdermabrasion treatments – above).




Since I was very young, and thanks to my mother, I’ve always worn large hats when I’ve spent much time outdoors. This company has SPF rated sunhats for serious sun-protection and very cute ones for children too. Sunday Afternoons (this is not an affiliate link – just a company I love to recommend).




Don’t forget to use your skincare products around your mouth and into smile-lines and don’t forget your neck!


When I apply vitamin C serum and my vitamin E moisturizer, I dampen my fingertips and rub any excess on the backs of my hands. Why waste product? And hands need TLC and sunscreen too.


If you’re a fan of toner, here’s the one I recommend, though I don’t use it. Thayers Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera Original Formula. The company says that the pH of this one is 4, which is close to the pH of the skin. People swear by this brand in particular.


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Please tell me what you think of this post. I’m very glad to answer any questions about my cruelty-free skincare routine in the comment section. And, if you have a particular skincare concern, let me know what it is, and I’ll see what I can find to help you.

Here's my Cruelty-Free Skincare Routine
Here's my Cruelty-Free Skincare Routine

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