Face masks are such a treat. A mask gives your skin a super dose of nutrients along with a relaxing spa experience in the comfort of your home.
While drugstore face masks often contain honey or collagen, you can also find a wide variety of vegan face masks made solely from plant-based ingredients.
We have selected our favorite vegan face masks for the ultimate pamper. From Summer Fridays to Youth To The People – find the best cruelty-free vegan face masks for your skin.
What Makes A Face Mask Vegan?
A vegan face mask does not include any ingredients obtained from animals. Vegan face masks are also cruelty-free, meaning they are not tested on animals.
The most typical ingredients that make a face mask not vegan are beeswax, honey, lanolin (cholesterol), collagen as well as animal-derived glycerin, and squalane.
In face masks, you should also be careful with charcoal. While charcoal is usually vegan-friendly, it can also be derived from burnt animal bones.
Instead of animal emollients, vegan face masks use plant oils, waxes, and emollients such as sugarcane-derived squalane, vegetable glycerin, shea butter, and carnauba wax.
The plant world is also rich in proteins. Vegan face masks use baobab, barley quat, and vegan collagen along with plant-based amino acids and antioxidants.
To make extra sure you are buying a vegan face mask, we suggest you look for a vegan marking or an officially certified vegan label on the packaging.
What To Look For In Vegan Face Masks?
Our skin can absorb up to 60 percent of everything we put on it. That is why it is important to choose a vegan face mask that is as clean and chemical-free as possible.
The right vegan face mask should also fit your skin type. Dry skin should go for a hydrating vegan face mask free of drying alcohol, fragrance, and essential oils.
For oily skin, purifying vegan charcoal and clay masks are best. Combination skin should find a balancing vegan face mask that clarifies and hydrates at the same time.
Brightening vegan face masks with vitamin C and exfoliating acids are great for most skin types, especially for dry, tired, dull, and congested skin.
Acne, eczema, rosacea, and sensitive skin should use natural or hypoallergenic vegan face masks. Try to avoid heavy oils, alcohol, fragrance, and harsh preservatives.
Best Vegan Face Mask Brands
Here are some brands that offer a wide variety of good-quality vegan face masks.
- Summer Fridays – Founded by beauty influencers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores, Summer Fridays is a vegan skincare brand known for its face masks. The brand has currently 3 bestselling vegan masks on Sephora to revive dry, tired, or irritated skin.
- Pacifica Beauty – Pacifica is another vegan brand with a great collection of affordable vegan face masks. They use natural ingredients like kale, coconut, rose, CBD, and pineapple. All masks are free of parabens, phthalates, SLS, and mineral oil.
- The Body Shop – The Body Shop is a vegetarian brand that offers some of the most beloved vegan face masks. Out of 21 masks, 14 are currently vegan. From purifying vegan clay face masks to hydrating vegan sheet masks – they have the mask for every skin type. Their Himalayan Charcoal vegan mask is our all-time favorite.
- Acure – Acure makes brightening, rejuvenating, soothing, and clarifying vegan face masks from organic and natural vegan ingredients. Everything from Acure is clean and vegan. Acure masks are also affordably priced and made in the USA.
- Truly – Truly is a vegan brand on Ulta with many different vegan masks for the face, body, and hair. The brand uses plant-based ingredients like hemp, CBD, and vegan collagen. The masks look fun and have very positive reviews.
Best Vegan Face Masks 2022
Here are the best vegan face masks for 2022:
- Best Overall: Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask
- Best Exfoliating: Alpyn Beauty Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel Mask
- Best Affordable: Bella & Bear Hello Glow Face Mask
- Best Organic: Honest Beauty Prime + Perfect Mask
- Best For Dry Skin: Pai Skincare Resurrection Girl Hydrating Mask
- Best For Oily Skin: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
- Best For Combo Skin: Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Mask
- Best For Sensitive Skin: Sukin Naturals Pink Clay Facial Mask
- Best For Acne-Prone Skin: Plantifique Superfood Marine Clay Mask
- Best For Mature Skin: Saturday Skin Yuzu Vitamin C Sleep Mask
- Best For Eczema: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
- Best For Rosacea: Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Mask
- Best For Dark Spots: Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Enzyme Face Mask
- Best For Pores: Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask
- Best For Men: Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask
- Best Sheet Mask: Pacifica Stress Rehab Coconut & Caffeine Mask
- Best Eye Mask: Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Mask
- Best Lip Mask: Sweet Chef Sugarcane + Vitamin E Lip Sleeping Mask
- Best DIY Mask: Aztec Secret Vegan Bentonite Clay Mask
Best Vegan Face Mask Overall
This vegan face mask is best for glow and hydration. It combines lots of vegan vitamins and hydrators such as vegan squalane, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and berry extracts.
This mask is a bit expensive but definitely worth investing in. We love how smooth it glides on and the skin feels fresh and youthful in the morning.
The mask is suitable for all skin types but not ideal for oily and acne-prone skin.
Why we like it: great mask for hydration and glow, buttery texture
Pros: natural & clean formula, vegan brand, made in the USA
Cons: too nourishing for oily skin, a bit pricey
Best Exfoliating Vegan Face Mask
We love this natural vegan exfoliating mask. It includes 8 different natural acids along with bamboo powder to melt away dead skin cells. It also brightens the skin with vitamin C.
It’s such a good vegan facial to reset your skin. The mask evens the skin’s texture, blurs pores, and makes your skin overall smoother. Plus, it looks delicious like a berry sorbet.
While non-abrasive, we would be careful with acid masks if you have sensitive skin. Otherwise, this vegan mask is good for sensitive and oily skin types alike.
Why we love it: great smell and texture, makes the skin really smooth
Pros: natural and sustainable ingredients, vegan brand, made in the USA
Cons: can irritate sensitive skin
Best Affordable Vegan Face Mask
If you are looking for an affordable vegan face mask, our pick is Hello Glow. This great-smelling vegan mask combines purifying Kaolin clay with nourishing cocoa seed and shea butter.
We love the double effect of this mask. The clay detoxifies the skin and tightens pores while the rich plant oils replenish the skin while also reducing redness and acne.
The downside of this mask is that it can be messy to apply. It has a lot of yellow pigment, so you need to wash your hands after use.
Why we love it: it both purifies and hydrates the skin
Pros: uses natural ingredients, is affordable, fits all skin types
Cons: has too much yellow pigment
Best Organic Vegan Face Mask
Honest Beauty has made a wonderful organic vegan face mask with shea butter, vitamin E, and antioxidant-rich blackcurrant extract. The mask both hydrates and firms the skin.
As the name says, it is the perfect vegan face mask to use before makeup. Your skin is primed to look smooth, even, and well-hydrated. You can easily skip the primer.
If we could change one thing about this product, we would remove the fragrance. It is not really needed for such a good organic product and it can upset very sensitive skin.
Why we love it: rich in antioxidants, ultra-nourishing
Pros: natural and organic ingredients
Cons: has fragrance, can irritate sensitive skin
Best Vegan Face Mask For Dry Skin
Natural vegan skincare brand Pai has created our favorite hydrating vegan face mask for dry skin. Your skin will happily drink it up and look plump with moisture.
The mask uses vegan hyaluronic acid, prebiotic Inulin, and Pentavitin. The star of the show is the Resurrection plant – a desert plant that knows best how to lock in moisture.
Don’t be discouraged by the blue color. This organic vegan face mask is completely natural and chemical-free, the pigment comes from the soothing blue tansy oil.
Why we love it: such a natural and chemical-free formula
Pros: clean and organic ingredients, fragrance-free, vegan brand
Cons: the texture is a bit sticky
Best Vegan Face Mask For Oily Skin
For oily skin, nothing beats the bestselling Himalayan Charcoal vegan face mask. The mask feels refreshing and does such a great job at purifying and mattifying the skin.
The vegan charcoal mud mask deeply cleanses the skin from buildup and toxins. It also includes green tea leaves and tea tree oil to reduce blemishes and acne.
This vegan mask is such a hit across all skin types but to our experience, it does not suit dry skin. As it purifies the skin deeply, it will cause dry skin to feel too tight and dry after.
Why we love it: best purifying vegan mask, refreshing feel
Pros: sustainably sourced natural ingredients
Cons: too drying for dry skin
Best Vegan Face Mask For Combination Skin
Combination skin needs a mask that does two things: hydrates dry areas while purifying the oily T-zone. This vegan face mask from Biossance does both excellently.
This mask gently exfoliates the skin with AHAs and mineral spheres. It evens skin texture and blurs pores. Vegan squalane and hyaluronic acid provide superb hydration.
We also love that this formula includes licorice root that soothes and lightens the skin. But as always with skin-lightening and exfoliating products, be careful if you have sensitive skin.
Why we love it: makes combo skin smooth and hydrated
Pros: natural & clean ingredients, vegan brand, made in the USA
Cons: can irritate sensitive skin
Best Vegan Face Mask For Sensitive Skin
Australian vegan brand Sukin has created a great vegan pink clay mask for sensitive skin. The mask goes on smooth, it both hydrates and cleanses sensitive skin.
The pink and red clays draw out impurities from the skin while Tasmanian pepper, aloe vera, and chamomile soothe the skin and keep it hydrated.
That being said, this vegan mask can be too drying for dry sensitive skin. If that is your skin type, rather go for Pai’s Resurrection Girl – a hydrating mask tailored for sensitive skin.
Why we love it: soft texture, purifies sensitive skin well
Pros: natural & clean ingredients, vegan brand
Cons: too drying for dry skin
Best Vegan Face Mask For Acne-Prone Skin
Plantifique Superfood Marine Clay Mask is an excellent relief for acne and blemishes. The vegan mud mask simultaneously clears up and hydrates acne-prone skin.
This natural vegan face mask is like a good smoothie. It has avocado, blueberry, tea tree, calendula, spinach, and other plants rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids.
While we were hesitant to recommend such a nourishing mask to acne-prone skin, it is still a vegan clay mask above all. It deep cleans pores and even reduces acne scars.
Why we love it: it both reduces and prevents acne
Pros: natural formula, dermatologically tested, easy to apply with the little brush
Cons: a bit difficult to wash off
Best Vegan Face Mask For Mature Skin
Korean brand Saturday Skin has made the best anti-aging vegan face mask. Smelling like fresh citruses, this overnight mask renews and resets mature skin overnight.
The mask pairs vitamin C from yuzu seed oil with retinol and niacinamide for a great collagen-boosting, line-reducing, and skin-replenishing experience.
We love how it brightens the skin tone and adds radiance. While potent, this vegan sleeping mask is free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.
If you have deep wrinkles, this mask will not perform miracles. But for overall youthfulness and brightness for your skin, this vegan mask is a winner.
Why we love it: skin is visibly brighter and firmer after use, fresh smell
Pros: clean ingredients, fragrance-free, Kbeauty brand
Cons: does not smooth out deep wrinkles
Best Vegan Face Mask For Eczema
Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is a great vegan face mask for eczema. Colloidal oatmeal and oat bran relieve so many symptoms including irritation, chaffing, itchiness, and dryness.
This vegan mask has an arsenal of good stuff. Shea and cocoa butter nourish the skin, licorice roots soothes, and sea buckthorn with white tea delivers antioxidants.
Why we love it: soothes skin beautifully
Pros: natural & clean ingredients, fragrance-free
Cons: too nourishing for oily & acne-prone skin
Best Vegan Face Mask For Rosacea
Goodbye Redness Centella Mask is the best vegan mask for rosacea. Centella Asiatica is highly effective in reducing redness and speeding up the skin’s regenerative capabilities.
We love how well this mask soothes rosacea skin while hydrating it with hyaluronic acid. The mask is also free of artificial fragrance, alcohol, PEGS, and other harmful ingredients.
The only downside of this sheet mask is that, well, it’s a sheet mask. We love the relaxing experience but not the environmental footprint.
Why we love it: reduces redness well
Pros: natural, clean, safe for sensitive skin, Kbeauty brand
Cons: sheet masks are not eco-friendly
Best Vegan Face Mask For Dark Spots
In our experience, this vegan face mask is best at lightening dark spots and hyperpigmentation with natural AHAs and enzymes from pumpkin puree. It also reduces fine lines.
This clean vegan mask also has skin-brightening rice and lemon powder, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and nourishing shea butter. While exfoliating, there is not much tightness after use.
Since it is a potent skin renewer, make sure not to over-exfoliate your skin and patch test with sensitive skin.
Why we love it: visibly lightens dark spots
Pros: clean and natural formula, non-abrasive
Cons: can irritate sensitive skin
Best Vegan Face Mask For Pores
Olehenriksen’s hit vegan face mask deeply purifies pores and keeps them clean. The skin looks so matte and clear for a long time. Pores appear smaller and almost blurred.
The vegan clay mask also includes vegan lactic acid and salicylic acid to unclog pores from dead skin cells. Green tea, algae, and snow lotus load your skin with antioxidants.
While this pore purifying mask is great for oily and combination skin, it can be overly drying for dry skin. For dry skin, we would only use it on problematic areas like the nose.
Why we love it: fresh and cooling formula, blur pores well
Pros: uses natural ingredients, non-abrasive
Cons: too drying for dry skin
Best Vegan Face Mask For Men
This peel-off vegan charcoal mask is perfect for men’s skin. It purifies pores, removes blackheads, and boosts the skin’s overall health with vitamin C.
Made with both clay and charcoal, it is a great mask for men with normal, oily, combination, and congested skin. Dry skin should opt for a more hydrating formula.
Why we love it: removes blackheads well, gives a clean feel
Pros: uses natural ingredients, fragrance-free
Cons: not ideal for very dry skin
Best Vegan Sheet Mask
If you are looking for a relaxing vegan sheet mask, we love this one from Pacifica. It hydrates and wakes up the skin with natural ingredients like caffeine, coconut, green tea, and turmeric.
We love the coconut smell and cooling feel on the skin. The vegan cotton sheet also tightens the skin, reduces redness, and some say, it even clears up acne and blemishes.
While made without any harsh chemicals like parabens, this vegan mask can tingle and burn a bit on the skin at first. So be careful if you have sensitive skin.
Why we love it: cooling effect, fresh coconutty smell
Pros: natural & clean ingredients, affordable, vegan brand
Cons: tingles a bit, can irritate sensitive skin, single-use product
Best Vegan Eye Mask
We love this cooling vegan under-eye mask. While most eye patches don’t have a big effect, these ones visibly reduce puffiness and dark circles giving the eyes a fresh look.
This anti-inflammatory vegan eye mask uses a holy trio of vegan collagen, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. The patches are also paraben-free and sulfate-free.
We just wish this would not be a single-use product and that it would use less packaging. Hopefully someday!
Why we love it: nice cooling effect, reduces eye bags well
Pros: natural ingredients, vegan brand
Cons: too much packaging
Best Vegan Lip Mask
Sweet Chef has made a fantastic hydrating vegan lip mask from vitamin E and vegan squalane. The mask also gently exfoliates lips with sugarcane AHAs and rice bran enzymes.
This overnight mask makes a great natural alternative to vaseline. It makes your lips so smooth and soft. A must-have in drier and colder months, pairs well with chapstick.
The only neg about this product is that the thick consistency makes it more difficult to lather on. So do not keep if in very cold temperatures.
Why we love it: smells nice, keeps the lips hydrated
Pros: natural ingredients, vegan brand
Cons: thick consistency (harder to apply)
Best Vegan DIY Face Mask
Our favorite vegan DIY face mask is this bentonite clay mask. Just mix this vegan clay powder with apple cider vinegar or water and voilà – the perfect purifying detox mask.
The mask is a great value for money and it cleanses pores so well. You can use it on both your face and body. You can even make natural deodorants from it.
Though a natural product, some say they do experience redness after using this clay. While temporary redness is normal, refrain from using it if the redness persists.
Why we love it: it’s the ultimate detox mask
Pros: natural, affordable, lasts long
Cons: can cause temporary redness
FAQ About Vegan Face Masks
A vegan face mask is free of all animal ingredients such as beeswax, honey, lanolin, or collagen. Vegan face masks cannot also be tested on animals.
The best vegan face mask is Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask from Youth To The People. Made with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and vegan squalane, the mask hydrates the skin and adds a beautiful glow.
The best selection of vegan face masks is available on Amazon, Sephora, and Ulta.
Our favorite vegan DIY mask is made with bentonite clay and water.
No. Avocado Melt Overnight Face Mask is not vegan and contains honey. It is currently the only non-vegan product from Glow Recipe.
No. Peter Thomas Roth masks cannot be considered vegan because the company tests on animals.
Yes. Kylie Skin is a fully vegan brand, so their Hydrating Face mask is also vegan.
Using a vegan face mask regularly is a good way to ensure healthy and glowing skin. Just make sure your vegan face mask matches your skin type.
Oily and acne-prone skin types should go for purifying vegan clay and charcoal masks. Dry and dehydrated skin will benefit most from hydrating and vitamin C masks.
If you are in the process of looking for your favorite vegan face mask, we recommend checking the collections of Summer Fridays, Pacifica, Acure, Truly, and The Body Shop.
As new vegan face masks enter the market with the speed of light, we are happy to walk you through this world and introduce you to new quality products. Stay tuned!
See also: Best Vegan Skincare 2022