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Yes, it's another Green People review(!), and this one is about their SPF15 Day Solution. You might think it's a little late in the year to be thinking of buying this, but actually the people in the know do suggest we protect our delicate facial skin from damaging rays all year round to prevent premature aging, and not just Summer.
Green People SPF15 is a light facial moisturiser, retailing for around £13 for a 50ml bottle. You can also buy it in a 10ml tube to take on your travels or to try before you buy. As with most Green People products if you shop around online and purchase more than one bottle at a time you can find substantial savings.
Green People SPF15 offers full UVA and UVB protection completely naturally. Titanium dioxide and UV filters derived from cinnamon give you all the protection you need from the suns aging and harmful rays. It contains green tea extract so it's full of anti-aging antioxidants, as well as rosemary and sage to slow cell damage. It also contains rose geranium oil to give it its delicious light scent, and camomile and aloe vera to soothe even the most sensitive of skin.
This cream is fairly thick but I love how light it is on my skin, absorbing immediately and leaving my skin shine free. After applying many face sun creams I have an annoying tendency of breaking into a sweat but I find Green People SPF15 doesn't have this unwanted effect. If it didn't say it on the side of the bottle I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and my non-sun protective day cream. Make-up glides on easily over this, which is also quite a feat. I've tried other day creams with sun-protection and they nearly always leave me with the odd spot, but Green People SPF15 never does. My skin is also quite sensitive, but this product does not irritate it one bit. It is wonderfully moisturising, leaving my skin soft and feeling nourished.
It will last a while, because you only need a pea sized amount for complete coverage. However, beware that because the ingredients are natural they may lose their effectiveness after 12 months. You only need to apply it in the morning for all day protection from the sun. Although Green People recommend if you will be spending more than a couple of hours in direct sunlight you should reapply it throughout the day. Personally if I was spending that long in the sun I would choose higher than SPF15 anyway.
As with all Green People products it is organic (98%) and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is free from Parabens, Lanolin, ethyl alcohol, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, phthalates and colourants, so you can be sure it is kind to your skin. It's also hand made in small quantities so it's guaranteed to be as fresh as possible. Plus you'll be doing your bit for the environment because it comes in recyclable packaging and is not air-freighted.
I love using this for daily use but do not trust its sun protectiveness in hotter climates than the UK. For that I'd recommend using something with a bit more coverage or a higher sun protection factor.
This review is also posted on Ciao under my username sbeach000
Green People's Day Solution SPF15 Skin Defence Moisturiser is 85% certified organic and very gentle on the skin. The ingredients list is quite satisfactory, with only one item really catching my attention in a negative way, and that's phenoxyethanol. This is a preservative, which when I contacted Green People, they assured me they only use in very small amounts in order to prolong the life of the product. While extremists such as myself might prefer it weren't in there at all, I'm not going to lose sleep over it. It's not the worst thing they could have put in there and many "natural" and organic products include it as a way to increase shelf-life.
As I have said in previous reviews, natural products do seem to have quite minimalist packaging, and Green People's are no exception. The plain white tube with just a splash of blue suggests that there's very little to worry about in terms of its contents. I would have to agree. The main ingredients this company obviously wants us to look at, and the ones it has chosen to mention on the front of the bottle, are aloe vera, green tea and chamomile. The front of the bottle also tells us: "Prevent premature ageing. All skin types". Whilst ingredients such as hemp oil and jojoba oil must go some way towards nourishing the skin, I imagine that this reference to the prevention of premature ageing is largely down to the fact that this product includes sun protection, albeit only SPF15. Certainly, for me, this is adequate in the middle of winter, although, being fair-skinned, I would choose something with a higher level of protection in summer.
The moisturiser itself actually feels surprisingly dry when you apply it, and I'm fairly sure that this is also down to the fact it includes sun protection. It does mean that you find yourself using a little more than you perhaps expect, which isn't a terribly good thing since this little 50ml bottle costs £13.99 if you buy it directly from the manufacturer, although you can usually find it cheaper elsewhere. Green People themselves charge postage on top of this, so I would recommend buying from an independent site or even a local health store. Despite the price, this product is very convenient when travelling as the plastic container is lightweight and compact, unlike many of the weighty glass jars favoured by some manufacturers.
I have to say that, although I like this product, it doesn't feel as moisturising as you might hope. Although it does not leave my skin feeling dry, I think it might benefit from being slightly more hydrating. I used to use this product several years ago, when my skin was more oily, and it did seem to suit it better then, although I have recently decided buy it again. I certainly wouldn't say it would cause your skin to become drier, but unless you have naturally oily skin, you might want something more moisturising underneath it. Even so, I find that make-up goes on quite well on top of this product and you don't have to wait long at all for it to soak in.
Despite having absurdly sensitive skin, I have not reacted badly to this cream as yet. So far, so good. One criticism I have regarding the packaging is that, due to the type of pump dispenser and the fact that the bottle is totally opaque, it's almost impossible to tell how much is left. On the plus side, the pump is very easy to control, so you can dispense as much or as little as you need, but it also means that one morning you could press it and find that it's empty! Perhaps this is a (not-so-) clever marketing ploy to get us all buying a replacement nice and early.
All in all, a good quality product, and suitable for vegans, too, but perhaps not such a good choice for more mature skin.
Green People sell organic skin care and natural hair care products, and beauty products designed to be kind to sensitive skin and exzema. They won the Best Organic Range Natural Health Beauty Award for 2008.
I'd read good things about their products in the newspaper and decided to give them a go. It's also possible to get discount vouchers online. I managed to get £2 off my order, and the website also runs a reward scheme. For every whole pound you spend you get one point, and every point is worth five pence off your next purchase. It's also free delivery for your first order.
I bought the Day Solution SPF 15 because I like to use a cream with sunscreen. This comes in a simple plastic 50 ml bottle which is currently £12.99. They also have a 10ml trial size at £3. It's a pump action bottle which dispenses a suitable amount at a time. It's quite a dense cream, which looks white as you spread it on your skin. This is the uva and uvb protection. Fortunately it sinks in after a few minutes, so you don't have to go around looking like Morticia Adams all day! It's got a clean fresh smell to it, and dries to a matt finish on your skin. This provides quite a good non-greasy make-up base.
I've tested it out on sunny days and haven't had sunburn, so as a moisturiser and sun protection it works quite well. I'd take this abroad, although I think in a hot country it would need a top up as the day goes on. I also find my skin is clearer and cleaner looking, which I think is down to the cream not containing harsh chemicals which can clog the pores, or overstimulate oil.
These are the ingredients listed on the bottle. Instead of listing all the long the chemical names, where I can I've given the English translation which they include in brackets:
Cinammon derived UV filter
Emulsifying plant wax
Mineral UV filter
Plant derived moisturiser
Green tea extract
Rose geranium oil
Rosemarinus officinalis & Thymus vulgaris & Salvia Officinalis, phenoxyethanol, bencoic acid and Dehydroacetic acid (preservative system)
d-Limonene (from essential oils)
A very nice cream that I will definitely be ordering again. It's also worth noting that 10% of net profit is donated to charity.
Day Cream / Moisturises and nourishes your skin while protecting it from harmful UV rays /