Skincare has always been my ‘thing’. I’m not so much of a makeup girl, and tend to stick to the bare minimum. When you take good care of your skin you don’t need to cover it up with a mountain of cosmetic products, and it’s a lot less fuss in the long run. As you may have noticed from my previous posts, I’m aiming to be more sustainable. I’ve purchased reusable water bottles and coffee cups, and I’m dipping my toes in the sustainable fashion industry. Now, I’m turning to skincare.
I was lucky enough to have Green People reach out to me via email, offering me to try out a few of their products. They asked me about my skincare concerns, and recommended a few products they thought I’d enjoy. I’ve been using these for just over a week and wanted to share how I’ve been getting on with them!
As I previously said, skincare is more of a priority for me than makeup. What’s the point in layering up foundation when I could work on a natural base instead?
Green People is a cruelty free, certified organic skincare company. The brand works hard to be as sustainable as possible – with their warehouses being 100% powered by renewable energy sources. They have too many official certifications to count – but you can see them printed along the side of their shipping boxes. Not to mention, their packaging is 100% recyclable. So not only are their products good for your skin, but they’re sustainably sourced and good for the planet!
They also print their company information regarding their packaging and charity work on the inside of their boxes. This is an innovative method adopted by sustainable brands to reduce paper waste.
My personal problems with skincare is that my needs are a little all over the place. I suffer from psoriasis, which means I often get dry patches. However, my glasses tend to make my nose and cheeks very greasy throughout the day. This means I have a dry/oily combo going on in various places, and it gets a bit confusing. I never know what products to choose because I’m not one or the other.
When I explained my needs to Hannah at Green People, she immediately made four product recommendations. These were the Foaming Face Wash, Fruit Scrub Exfoliator, Day Solution Moisturiser, and the Zap & Clear Serum. This is essentially a full skincare routine – the basic all-round essentials. I like to keep my skincare simple, without all the bells and whistles of various facial oils etc. Maybe that makes me old fashioned, I don’t know. I just don’t like too much fussing around.
A good face wash is an absolute must in any skincare routine. I find that about 1-2 pumps of this face wash works perfectly to clean the skin and leave it feeling fresh. You don’t get a lot of time to work this into the skin because it dries down fairly quickly, but I don’t mind that. The three key benefits of this face wash (as listed on the packaging) are “purify, tone, and anti-blemish”. I’d say that my skin feel a million times more fresh and radiant than it was originally, but my blemishes are still in-progress. Psoriasis complicates that kind of stuff, making skincare a difficult task.
Although it contains witch hazel, this wash is incredibly gentle on the skin. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have sensitive skin. Not to mention, 96% of all the ingredients in this product are organically certified. So it must be good for you, right?
When I exfoliate, I want to exfoliate. If you know what I mean, and this product sure does deliver. Unlike most exfoliators, it doesn’t contain those little beads, the scrub itself has a grainy texture. It’s just enough to get rid of all those dead skin cells, without being too abrasive on the skin. That’s so hard to find with exfoliating products. They either fall too short or take off 10 layers of skin *cough* St. Ives *cough*. They key benefits listed on the packaging are “refine, cleanse, and brighten” and I can definitely vouch for all three. This is also recommended on their website for those with eczema and psoriasis – winner!
92% of the ingredients in the scrub are organically certified, and it contains hibiscus. Hibiscus has so many great benefits for the skin; it’s tightening, and can treat acne and dark circles. Lord knows how bad my dark circles are with all these coursework deadlines looming…
I think we all know how hard it is to find a decent moisturiser that’s not greasy. It’s nothing short of an absolute nightmare. Or at least, it can be for me. The formula of Green People’s moisturiser is thick, but not too heavy on the skin. It dries down super quickly upon application and I’ve not found the need to top it up at all. More to the point, my skin has been a lot less oily on the whole after using all the products Green People sent me. They list the key benefits as “calm, clear, and nourish” which, once again, it ticks all the boxes.
88% of the ingredients are organically certified, and it contains pineapple enzymes which are good for fighting acne and hydrating the skin.
This is the product I was the most excited about in all honesty. Since coming to uni I’ve suffered from random breakouts which have been causing me misery. I’ve used countless spot treatments, be it drugstore or high end, and I’ve never found anything that works as well as this. The formula is super lightweight and it dries within seconds – a little definitely goes a long way! I’ve found this particularly useful on my nose, especially in the summer months. My glasses tend to make my nose and cheek area very oily and block my pores. This product is a total lifesaver in my book. It’s also small enough to fit inside your handbag if you need a little on-the-go top up!
Once again, 88% of the ingredients are organically certified and it contains tea tree – which we all know is good for fighting breakouts.
I thought I’d include a before and after skin check-in to see how the products have changed my skin. It’s been about a week and a half of me using the products from Green People twice a day (morning and evening). I can definitely see that I look a lot less tired, and my general complexion seems a lot brighter! I’ve also noticed that my freckles are a lot more prominent than they originally were, and I’m not mad about it.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.