The weather today inspired me to write this post, as for the first time in many rainy days the sun shone and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky; I actually sunbathed in the garden, such a rarity in Scotland (although don’t let the photos deceive you- it was taken in Crete)! 


However I only realised a couple of hours in that I’d forgotten to put suncream on, which got me thinking about whether suncream is tested on animals or not, something I’d not consider before, even though I take care when buying make up and toiletries. Read more to find 5 great products that are 100% cruelty-free!

Kiko SPF Lip Balm 

“A real multi-performance, nourishing lip treatment to guarantee lasting moisture and hydration. Offers immediate relief to dry, chapped lips.Protects lips from everyday pollution. Protects from sunlight, thanks to its SPF 15.”

Superdrug Solait after-sun spray

With Aloe Vera Cucumber extract provides 24 hour hydration to help relieve the sensation of tightness, prevent peeling, leaving the skin feeling soft & supple. A
n easily absorbed after sun spray that cools, soothes & nourishes sun exposed skin.”

Bobbi Brown SPF BB Cream


“This multitasking formula perfects skin in five ways: it covers imperfections and evens skin tone; draws moisture to skin; brightens dullness instantly and over time; helps reduce the look of wrinkles; and shields skin against damaging UVA/UVB rays.”

Nivea Protect & Refresh Sun Lotion


SPF 50. Pleasurable cooling effect that leaves your skin refreshed and silky
Light hydrating lotion that is easy to apply
Non-greasy formula, quickly absorbed by your skin”


Simple sun-kissed moisture cream

A gentle facial gradual tanner. Use daily to get a natural sun – kissed glow. Gentle tanning agents enhance skin’s colour. Skin is moisturised and protected, enriched with vitamin goodness.

For a natural sun-kissed glow, Vitamin goodness for naturally healthy looking skin,light gradual tan, 2 Vital Vitamins, 2 Skin Loving Nutrients, No perfume, no colour, UVA/UVB Protection”

A difficult issue is that of big brands that make many products that are not cruelty free but some that are, and also parent companies (corporations that own lots of other businesses, such as L’oreal, LVMH and Unilever) that test on animals although the brand themselves may not. What’s more, theres the issue of non-sustainable palm oil that creeps its way into many beauty products as well as food, and also, many products sold in China, required by law to test on animals.

 However, we can all do our best to make even the smallest of differences. 

Its important to remember (for my pale self anyway!) to wear at least factor 30 even in the UK, as its not worth getting your tan on for a lifetime of skin cancer and early signs of ageing.
For more cruelty-free beauty posts, click here.
Prices correct at time of publication. All RRP.
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx 
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