Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Make it the summer of love … for your skin. Sensitive, sunburned, or needing some shimmer, PETA has you covered with our favorite picks for vegan summer moisturizers. Check out the great products below:

For Sunscreen

100% Pure Tomato Lycopene SPF 20 Moisturizer

This little tomato-powered lotion will keep you from looking like one. Protective antioxidant lycopene defends your skin against UVA and UVB rays.

Kiss My Face Sensitive Side 3 in 1 SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen

Soothing oat protein and nourishing safflower-based Hydresia make this a winning combination of sunscreen, after-sun soothing lotion, and moisturizer.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Dry Oil Sunscreen

Zap dry skin fast with a spritz of this body oil that sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy. The SPF 15 keeps you protected, and reef-friendly ingredients protect the environment.

For Aloe

Max Green Alchemy’s Sun Rescue Cream

Treat sunburned, red, inflamed, and peeling skin with this formulation of cooling and healing plants, including aloe vera, calendula blossom, kukui nut oil, and borage seed oil, with no harsh chemicals.

Aloe Plant

In warmer areas, including California and Florida, many people grow aloe in their yards—and for good reason. Anytime you’ve gotten a bit too much sun on your face or body, pure aloe is the perfect cure-all: It’s organic, cruelty-free, vegan, free of charge, and it heals like a dream.

For Fragrance

Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream

With a light, summery coconut scent, this formulation helps revive skin that’s suffering from “a ‘skin hangover’ from stress, poor diet, late nights, pollution and lack of sleep.”

The Body Shop Body Yogurt

The Body Shop has always been a leader in cruelty-free, vegan skin care and cosmetics. The new Body Yogurt line is all about lightweight moisture and fresh summer scents, including Almond Milk, British Rose, Cactus Blossom, Ginger, Mango, Moringa, Pink Grapefruit, and Strawberry.

Lush Little Pot of Energy

Get an energy boost with the refreshing scent of grapefruit, orange, and almond from this cute lotion bar that’s cruelty-free, vegan, and packaging-free! Shea and cocoa butters moisturize while plant-based waxes help lock them in.

For Shimmer

Pacifica Power Shimmer

Just like us, Pacifica’s Power Shimmer Body Lotions are pretty and powerful. Choose from Dream State, Hardcore Happy, or Crystal Glow to “[l]ook like you are glowing from within.”

100% Pure All Over Glow

Look sun-kissed without the sun using this luminous body bronzer made with aloe, anti-aging coffee cherry, and moisturizing pomegranate oil.

For Special Skin Needs

For Sensitive Skin: Alchimie Forever Dry Skin Balm

Developed by a doctor to help heal skin that’s too sensitive for most products, Alchimie Forever’s Dry Skin Balm is free from parabens, dyes, phthalates, sulfates, gluten, nuts, GMOs, mineral oil, propylene glycol, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, and, of course, animal byproducts—and it’s not tested on animals, either.

For Feet: 7th Heaven Foot Pumice & Foot Butter

When summer heat, sand, saltwater, and chlorine leave your feet in need of TLC, this combination of cooling peppermint pumice and nourishing shea nut butter will come to the rescue.


For Shaving: Gaffer & Child Calming Shave Butter

For a swimsuit-ready shave with no irritation, reach for this Shaving Butter loaded with soothing organic ingredients, including shea butter, jojoba oil, buckthorn oil, and lavender.

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list. More than 4,000 companies are now part of PETA’s cruelty-free database, and many of them offer fully vegan personal-care products that you can feel great about using. While shopping around for your favorites, use the handy “Bunny Free” app to search for a brand or product from your phone. So moisture mavens can enjoy being soft and sweet to themselves, animals, and the planet.

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