How can any cosmetics consumer, especially one concerned with keeping skin in a youthful state, respect a brand that offers products that encourage tanning? That’s just what this product does. Although it comes with an SPF 15 rating with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, it also contains the sunscreen ingredient isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate, which isn’t natural in the least. (So what’s it doing in a product from a brand that claims to be all natural?) Although this will provide sun protection, it isn’t recommended due to the tanning accelerator claims and because it contains fragrant oils that serve only to irritate skin and, in the case of lavender oil, promote oxidative damage and hurt skin.
3 layers of sun protection in one - UV protection, antioxidants & sun tan accelerator! Suitable for people who may be prone to eczema and psoriasis. Medium protection against UVA and UVB using natural ingredients (Titanium dioxide, natural Cinnamic acid and Edelweiss extract). Increases collagen & contains antioxidants to help prevent UV damage. Helps to support the immune system. Tan accelerator gives you 25% more tan! Moisture retaining for a tan that lasts 50% longer. Water-resistant - contains Berry Wax. This natural sun lotion is made without Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest sunscreen that nature can offer.
Spring Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifying Plant Wax), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Titanium Dioxide (Mineral UV-Filter), Rhus Verniciflua Cera (Berry Wax), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant-Derived Moisturiser), Cetearyl Glucoside (Emulsifying Plant Wax), Gnaphalium Leontopodium (Edelweiss) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Powder, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Inositol, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Aroma Lavandula Hybrida Super (Lavandin) Oil], Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative System), Citric Acid (Ph-Modifier), Linalool, Limonene
We're trying to get past the name for this brand. We know the "green" is supposed to refer to plants and the movement to go green and be more environmentally conscious. Still, every time we see or say it we think of Martians, you know, the little green people from outer space, and fail to see the connection between space invaders and sensible skin care.
As it turns out, United Kingdom–based Green People missed the connection to good skin care, too. Instead of focusing on what research (rather than folklore) has shown that skin needs to best maintain its healthy state and to resist signs of aging, Green People hopped on the natural bandwagon, cracked the whip, and went full speed ahead. Had they stopped to look back, or ahead for that matter, more carefully, they might have picked up on the fact that although there are many natural ingredients that are great for skin, there also are many that are a problem. Some of the good ones show up in their products, but they're of little use because they're joined by other natural ingredients whose only purpose is to add fragrance and cause irritation.
So how did this line come to be, you ask? It was started by a mother frustrated that she couldn't find anything to alleviate her daughter's eczema-prone skin and the intense itching she suffered. Apparently, this resourceful mom has a nursing background along with some experience in herbal medicine and the in pharmaceutical industry, so she made the leap into skin-care entrepreneur.
We wish this concerned parent and her team put more thought into this line because in some ways it's as close to natural as you can get while still maintaining an effective preservative system (the preservatives are synthetic) and creating somewhat elegant textures. That's great for fans of natural products, but not so great when you consider that almost all of these products contain problematic natural ingredients that would not be good for her daughter's skin, or for anyone else's for that matter. Why not leave the problematic ingredients out and instead focus on the natural ingredients that are proven to be helpful for skin? We suspect we know the answer in this case—fragrance. Green People loads the fragrance on, and how that is supposed to help skin, whether it's itchy and eczema-prone or oily, is something the people behind this brand don't bother to explain.
These products contain organic ingredients, but they are neither 100% natural nor chemical-free. The whole notion of using skin-care products "free from chemicals" is ludicrous and, in truth, impossible. Think about how long a head of lettuce lasts in your refrigerator. For example, one of the ingredients in Green People products is levulinic acid, an ingredient that is produced by heating a sugar with concentrated hydrochloric acid.
There are both good and bad synthetic and natural ingredients, and whether or not a cosmetic is all natural tells you nothing about the benefits or the negative impacts of the formula on your skin. In the end, Green People is just another crop of natural-themed products that mix some of the good and enough of the bad to make them not worth strong consideration if your goal is smooth, healthy skin that is fortified with what it needs to look beautiful.
For more information about Green People, call 44-0-1403-740350 or visit www.greenpeople.co.uk.
Note: All prices are in United States currency.