Cruelty Free Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

One of my new years resolutions is to live more ethically, including going cruelty free with my skincare and makeup. I think we’ve all become aware, especially over the past few months, how we all have to start doing our bit. I was really naive when it came to animal testing; I hadn’t realised how many companies still test on animals. I also hadn’t realised quite how cruel the testing is.

A great blog which I started reading when I decided to go cruelty free is Cruelty-Free Kitty who gives great beauty advice and tips on going CF. Now, I’m not going to be cruelty-free overnight, and I don’t always know what products are/aren’t, but I’m trying to make a conscious effort when I re-buy products.

Something I noticed when I first started looking into cruelty free products was finding skincare which was tailored for oily skin; a lot of products are for normal to dry. However, after having a look at Hayley’s blog about how to shop CF at Boots I realised that two of my favourite brands don’t test on animals!

My Cruelty Free Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

So, on to what products I use. After doing some research, as far as I am aware, both No7 and the Botanics range at Boots are cruelty free. Apparently, all of Boot’s own range are cruelty free (and some ranges are really reasonably priced too!!).


I use No7’s cleanser for normal to oily skin each morning and night to cleanse my skin. It foams and leaves your skin feeling tight and clean, which lets be honest, we all want! I have quite sensitive skin and this doesn’t leave my skin feeling sore or red at all. It also stops my skin from looking like an oil slick without drying my face out which I’ve found some oily skin products do.

Micellar Water

My holy grail product used to be the Garnier Micellar Water and I was at a complete loss as to what product to use to take my make up off with. Once I saw that the Botanics range was cruelty free, and not too expensive, I thought I would give it a try. I’ve been using the Botanics Micellar Cleansing Solution for two weeks now and it’s a great CF alternative  to the Garnier micellar water (and it’s still super affordable). Whilst it isn’t specifically for oily skin, I find that it’s really suited to my skin and doesn’t dry it out. It removes my make up well, including waterproof mascara!


I use two moisturisers; one which is for oily skin and one which isn’t. In the morning I use Glossier’s hydrating face moisturiser which is a buildable moisturiser. Because it’s buildable, it means that it’s actually suitable for most skin types. I only use a tiny amount and it leaves my face feeling hydrated. If you do have oily skin and try this, make sure you don’t put too much on though because it can end up leaving your skin a little bit oily as it builds up quite easily.

In the evening, I use No7’s normal/oily night cream which is really lightweight moisturising (which smells beautiful) and leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and moisturised without feeling oily.


I have to be really careful when it comes to exfoliator’s. As my skin is quite sensitive, my skin can’t handle having too many products on it. I try to once a week exfoliate using the No7 Purifying Mask which is a genius little product. When the mask touches water, it heats up so you have a really warm scrub which feels delightful on your skin. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling too dry and it doesn’t leave an oily feel to your skin either; just properly clean and I love it.

So that’s my current CF skincare routine
I’d love it if you could leave your CF tips in the comments below because I’m always looking for new products



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