Oy! Face the Sun SPF 15

by Green People  Oy! Organic Young
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$18.05 - 50 ml
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/18/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Although this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen doesn’t list active ingredients, it’s not required to do so because sunscreens are not classified as over-the-counter drugs in Europe. This product contains a protective amount of titanium dioxide in an emollient base, which is fine. What earns this a Poor rating is the inclusion of lavender and myrrh oils. I should also mention the claim that this contains a “natural suntan accelerator so you tan 25% faster.” What a terrible message to send to young people, the very people to whom this product is targeted. Any change in your skin color as a result of exposure to the sun is a sign of damage. Encouraging a tan is as irresponsible as it gets in the cosmetics industry, especially from a company claiming it has products that fight wrinkles. Why not recommend cigarettes as well? Just as an aside, this product is also a problem for blemish-prone skin.

Promotes a blemish-free complexion. First truly organic moisturiser with UVA/UVB protection. Natural suntan accelerator so you tan 25% faster. Feeds skin essential Omega 3&6 nutrients. Suitable for all skin types, even acne-prone & sensitive skin. Free from gunk! You won't find any Parabens, phthalates or artificial fragrances in this natural sunscreen.

Spring Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Levulinic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Powder, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Aroma (Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Aluminum Hydroxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Inositol, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, D-Limonene, Linalool

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.

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