Mineral vs Chemical?
Toxic vs Natural?
Ugh, what does it all mean? I have to admit that until recently I had no idea about what made some sunscreens different from others. I thought I was doing a great job just simply remembering to wear it daily.
Green People recently offered me the chance to try out some of their facial sun care products and so I thought it was about time I understood some of the terminology and made sure I wasn’t using products that could potentially be harmful.
There are two ways that sunscreens work.
- By laying down a physical, mineral barrier on your skin (using ingredients like with Titanium dioxide or Zinc oxide) that reflects the UVA rays
- By using chemicals that react to the UV light (which most apply to UVB)
Mineral sunscreens are completely non toxic and do not penetrate the skin, however they do have a reputation for being very thick and leaving a white cast.
Chemical sunscreens are able to penetrate the skin. They work via processes that produce “free radicals” as a by-product. Free radicals are atoms that are released when a chemical reaction with oxygen occurs. As they are highly reactive, they produce domino-like damage within our cells. Anti-oxidants are molecules that can interact with the free radicals and break the chain reactions.
Green People combine the best of both worlds with Titanium dioxide and an extract derived from cinnamon leaf called Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate to provide a full spectrum of UVA and UVB protection. This ingredient has been specifically chosen to have a much lower potential for releasing free radicals. Green Tea, Chamomile, Edelweiss, Rosemary and Avocado oil are all included because of their natural antioxidant properties.
Ok, science lesson over. Now onto the products.
I was sent the facial suncream in SPF 30 and the Hydrating calming serum which is packed with even more anti-oxidant ingredients and is recommended to be applied under the suncream for a boost of hydration and to protect against signs of ageing.
So far I’ve used this duo daily on a week in Ibiza, up a scorching hot mountain in Bulgaria at a festival and throughout a fortnight’s heatwave back in the UK and I’ve not had even a hint of a frazzled face. It hasn’t clogged my pores or caused breakouts at all and despite the inclusion of the titanium dioxide it doesn’t create a white cast that sits on the skin. In fact I’ve got such a lovely sun-kissed glow that most days I’m not bothering with any base makeup at all.
The serum is like a watery gel in consistency but my skin literally drinks it in. It really feels like giving your skin a drink of water and it feels amazing.
All in all I’m super impressed with this suncream and I’ll be happily re-purchasing with my own money knowing that it’s not only super effective but also safe and non toxic.
DISCLAIMER: Green People provided these products to me free of charge to review with no obligation to provide any coverage. Opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this.