Last week news of plastic microbeads hit the headlines following a damning report from MPs that called for cosmetic companies to be banned from using them in their products. The tiny plastic particles can be found in all manner of everyday cosmetics from facial scrubs to toothpastes and each day they are being washed down our plugholes, polluting our seas, rivers and oceans and playing havoc with our eco system. In fact, an estimated 86 tonnes of microplastics from cosmetic products used in the UK wash into the sea every year.
Why do I care?
I have to admit that I’ve never been overly conscious about the cosmetic products that line my bathroom cabinet and it isn’t a habit of mine to check the ingredients for parabens and other harsh chemicals before I purchase. But since becoming a parent to a baby with extremely sensitive skin, and having to be so careful about what products I use on my child, I’ve started to take a lot more notice about the products I use within my own skincare regime.
I think the cosmetic industry has a lot to answer for, but as consumers we also have a duty to shop ethically and make sure that our purchases aren’t having a negative impact on our environment. In addition, why would we want to put synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals on our skin?
Discovering Green People
I was recently contacted by Green People – a brand that has been pioneering natural and organic skin and body care since 1997. There are over 100 products in the Green People range that includes skin, hair, sun and dental care, plus products for babies, children, teen, men and women of all ages. The company’s founder, Charlotte Vohtz, helped to develop the world’s first standard for organic cosmetics in 2002. Green People also donate 10% of their net profit to charitable causes. I was kindly offered some products from the Green People range to review and I received the Day Solution Moisturiser, Fruitful Nights Night Cream, and the Fruit Scrub Exfoliator.
Day Solution Moisturiser (Anti-blemish) £16.50
My skin on the whole is pretty clear but it pains me that I still get frequent break-outs on my forehead and chin in my 30s – usually around the time of the month, or when I’m feeling particularly stressed. In my late twenties I even had to have a course of tablets to get my breakouts under control, but I’m yet to find a skincare product that really helps. Green People’s natural anti-blemish range contains prebiotics, willow extracts and pineapple enzymes to balance the skin and bring sebum production under control.
I love the consistency of the Day Solution Moisturiser which is creamy without being at all oily. It soaks into the skin quickly and is the perfect base for makeup. I have still had a couple of breakouts this month, however I have noticed that my T-Zone on the whole doesfeel less oily. They also do the Day Solution with an SPF 15 for £17.00 if you prefer a factor within your moistuiser like I do.
Fruit Scrub Exfoliator £13.50
I’ve used facial scrubs on and off throughout my life – I’ve never made it a fundamental part of my skincare regime, but it seems I’ve been missing a trick. Facial scrubs exfoliate and buff away dead skin, draw out impurities and improve circulation. But apparently the key reason for using a facial scrub is to allow your moisturiser to truly penetrate your skin. If you choose your moisturiser for its anti-aging credentials, bountiful skin food, vitamins and minerals then all of that could be going to waste. Green People recommends exfoliating the skin twice a week to keep it clear to absorb your chosen cream.
The Fruit Scrub contains apricot kernels (no plastic microbeads found here) that remove dead skin cells. I’ve been using the scrub for four weeks now and I definitely feel like my complexion (usually an unflattering shade of yellow!) looks more radiant. The scrub also has a wonderful mandarin scent which is really refreshing and you really do feel like it gets rid of all of the day’s grime!
This rehydrating, alcohol free night cream contains rosehip oil, hibiscus, pineapple and ginger root to help repair and rejuvenate the skin whilst you sleep. It also claims to improve pigmentation marks and smooth away fine lines.
Again, I love the texture of it which is really luxurious and creamy, without being at all oily. I found that my skin felt instantly ‘quenched’ after application and still very hydrated by the next morning. My skin is very dry around my eyes and cheeks, whilst being quite oily on my forehead and I found that this cream really helped to balance it out. It also has a delicious wild berry fragrance which I find really uplifting.
Win all of these Green People products!
Green People have kindly offered readers of Mum in Brum the chance to win all of the above organic skincare products with a combined value of £46.50. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. The competition will run until 16th September and is open to UK residents only.
Disclosure: I was sent the above Green People products in return for an honest review