Overall Performance: 8/10
Price: £5 for 20ml; £9.95 for 50ml
When it comes to SPF, there are two types of beauties out there. Those keen peepz who apply SPF every single day without fail, and those who prefer to skip on the sunscreen and let the skin produce Vit D naturally.
The clue is in the title of this post – I belong to the former category.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, up to 90% of preventable ageing is actually caused by UV exposure. For me, putting on my sun protection daily is probably the most important step in combating ageing. Although I am well aware that most people are Vitamin D deficient, I believe that this can be redeemed through oral supplements.
Since converting to all-natural, I decided to switch up my Ultrasun Once a Day chemical sunscreen to Green People’s mineral Sun Lotion SPF 25. So far, my skin has been loving this transition.
First off, the reason I chose Green People’s Sun Lotion was that it was the winner of the Natural Health and Beauty Awards 2011. It is made with 82% certified organic ingredients (no nasties) and can offer up to 96% protection from UVB rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, Green People’s Sun Lotion is also rich in antioxidents to protect the skin from free radicals produced by the sun. This sunscreen also contains green tea and aloe vera, which provides anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits.
The lotion has a thick consistency (photo), and when you first squeeze it out of the tube, it looks so white that you will at once imagine yourself running round town as a clown when you put it on. This is actually not true. The sunscreen takes some effort to rub in, but when it is, it does not leave you with a white cast. It does, however, give a slightly glossy finish, however, if dewiness is not your thing – there is nothing a little powdering won’t fix. I have had no white cast when taking photographs with this product on either.
The sun lotion smells faintly of herbs, not sun cream. Once you put it on, it leaves a fresh feeling and sits very comfortably on the skin without being too heavy. The ingredients are so natural that it does not cause irritation or blogged pores. In fact, I feel like I am wearing skincare instead of sunscreen with this product.
Another great thing about this sunscreen is that it doesn’t mix in with the other skincare layered underneath, which is a constant problem I had with chemical sunscreens. Compared to the Ultrasun sunscreens, the Green People’s sunscreen does not contain any nano-chemicals, which is absorbed in to the cells, and could make way for other harmful toxins to follow suit.
The only thing bad about this sunscreen is that, for me, the SPF is not high enough. With chemical sunscreens, I am used to wearing an SPF of 50 every single day. Perhaps this is slightly excessive (I’m OCD like that), but I feel slightly uncomfortable wearing so little SPF, especially when the recommended SPF level for daily uses is actually SPF 30. However, if this is not problem for you, then this sun lotion is practically perfect.
If I had to be very picky, I would say that another con for this sunscreen is that it doesn’t stay too long on the skin. However, this is the same as any other mineral sunscreens. If you are one of those lucky people who lives in somewhere sunny, you might need to reapply regularly. In this case, this sunscreen would not be great applied over makeup as it does take some effort to work this product in to the skin.
Would I repurchase this product? Not immediately – I would try out other brands with higher SPF first, but that is just a personal preference.
The Green People Sun Lotion SPF 25 comes in three different sizes: 200ml, 50ml (for handbag) and 20ml (trail size). I definitely think this is a great product to try if you have photo-sensitive skin and want to use a daily sun screen that could give you a slight tan. Or if you don’t mind the medium SPF protection.
Ingredients in the Green People’s Sun Lotion SPF 25:
“AQUA (SPRING WATER), ISOAMYL P-METHOXYCINNAMATE (NATURALLY OCCURRING UV-FILTER), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (MINERAL UV-FILTER), CETEARYL ALCOHOL (EMULSIFYING PLANT WAX), ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) OIL*^, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), GLYCERYL STEARATE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), CERA ALBA (BEESWAX)*, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE POWDER*, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT*, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS (MARSHMALLOW) ROOT EXTRACT*, CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT*, LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM (EDELWEISS) LEAF EXTRACT*, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL*, COMMIPHORA MYRRHA (MYRRH) OIL^, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT*, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SORBIC ACID, GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE DERIVED), SALICYLIC ACID, CITRIC ACID. *82.2% ORGANIC, ^FAIRLY TRADED”