Once you turn from a child into a teenager ( congratulations, it’s a time between childhood and adulthood, enjoy it, even though there might be lots of bumps along the way ) start experimenting with skincare. This time, do things consciously ( unlike the time when you were a baby and your mother chose them for you ). Yes, beauty and skincare can seem like a minefield, as many products promise miracles and smell and feel good but will your skin actually reap the benefits? This is the question you need to ask yourself before you make your mind up to make a purchase. One of the brands that I want to spotlight as part of this Teen Skincare Mini series is Green People, which has pioneered organic personal care products since 1997 and has been an active member of Soil Association since then.
– GP is based on the concept of ‘Phyto science’ – plant performance without the compromise;
– Green People products combine nature and science;
– Green People is dedicated to buying fair-trade ingredients whenever possible;
– Green People products are made with at least 90% natural & organic ingredients, are 100% vegetarian and 100% cruelty-free.
– Green People products make a promise to you as consumer that their products don’t contain nasties, alcohol or synthetic fillers.
When I got in touch with the brand they have kindly sent me their ‘Clear Complexion Control Kit’ and deodorant for my teen volunteers. Let me give you a quick overview of the products, before I hand over to my lovely teen volunteers, Max & Madeleine, as yours truly is sadly and gratefully way past her teen years.
OY! Roll On Deodorant ( 75ml, £7.95 ): The subject of deodorant is one of the most common that comes up in conversations that I have with people who are parents of teenagers. We all use deodorant daily & it’s worth remembering that our armpits have a lot of lymph nodes, giving rise to natural concerns over the long-term effect its use will have on the health. Sadly many antiperspirants contain ingredients like Aluminium chlorohydrate & aluminium zirconium which temporarily blog sweat ducts & the flow of sweat ( and as a consequence the smell ) to the surface. We sweat to control our temperatures & to get rid of toxins among other things. There is increasing concern that aluminium compounds can collect in our bodies, leading to all kinds of health issues. When you make the switch from antiperspirants to a natural deodorant ( of which there are more and more on the market, so you don’t have to use rock crystals or lemon juice ) your glands go back to working normally but initially you might notice a stronger body odour. Be patient and give your body a chance to cleanse itself !
Green People deodorant was developed in order to have multiple actions, notably:
– restrict bacteria that cause body odour
– prevent bacteria from forming in the armpit due to alum, mineral salts found in volcanic rock, while still allowing the skin to breathe.
– supports skin’s own natural bacterial flora
Clear Complexion Control Kit ( 50/30/10ml, £20.95 ) contains three skincare products that are targeting acne, blemishes and skin that tends to misbehave. The natural anti-blemish system was developed in order to help you achieve a clean, clear & naturally beautiful complexion.
Step 1: Cleanse & Moisturise it gently cleanses your skin from daily dirt and pollution ( it should be able to remove make-up and mascara according to the press release ). When your skin has been cleansed, you can re-apply it, this time as a moisturiser. Notable actives include Green Tea, Prebiotics and Willow Bark.
Step 2: Clear Skin face wash. This soap-free daily foam wash should help to draw up the impurities and helps to fight blemishes with Tea Tree, Willow Bark, Green Tea and Witch hazel.
Step 3: Control. The clear gel is here to stop spots in their tracks and hit blemishes head on. The blend of Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium and Tea Tree promises to sooth and balance the skin, helping to promote a clear complexion to be proud of.
Now, let me put my wonderful & handsome tester Max into the spotlight, who kindly agreed to test the kit for me.
Max’s impressions: ”Thank you very much for letting me test the OY! products! My first impressions are that the sizes are very good, so you can take them on holiday with you or take them to school if needed. I loved the smell of all the products as it smelt so refreshing, but older teenagers may want a more masculine smell. My skin felt lovely and soft after using the products, but the face wash did make my cheeks dry. I liked the foam texture of the face wash though. The moisturiser and the deodorant were very effective and I would continue using the products. The pink packaging of the moisturiser is not suitable for a boy and it could be very embarrassing if used on the school trip, as it also says make-up remover on the packaging. It is also very confusing, as it has cleanser make up remover and moisturiser written on it.”
I was also very lucky to have Madeleine, Max’s sister, on hand to test the products as well, so here is a female perspective on the Kit: ”I didn’t like the Oy! products as much as the BRYT ones ( note from the editor: the review of this skincare brand for young skin is still to come as part of this series ). This was probably a combination of the slightly too strong smells and the slightly too thin textures. The products weren’t particularly easy to use because they were hard to get out of the containers. As an example: once you had got the clear skin gel out of the container and you left it open on the sink, some gel would seep out. Despite this, I feel like these products were effective. So that they would last longer it might be useful to make larger containers.”
Thank you Max & Madeleine for being my willing and wise skincare volunteers and for your detailed comments. And thank you OY! Green People with providing the products for this review.
I would love to know about your own teen vows or experiences with teen skincare, so please leave your comments or get in touch with me via e-mail. Together we will make positive strides towards better skincare standards, routines and brand selections for the teenagers to use safely on their skin & for long-term well-being.
For more information about OY! Green People products go here