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7 of the best natural ingredients for sensitive skin

04/12/2017 by Katy

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As someone who suffers from red blotches and patches of itchy eczema at times of environmental and emotional stress, I know only too well how important a solid sensitive skincare routine is for keeping my face in check.

From using natural skincare products to cleanse and moisturise my face and body to using chemical-free makeup and shampoos, I saw the benefits of a healthy body as soon as I banned: hormone-unbalancing parabens and phthalates; dehydrating alcohol; skin-irritating sodium lauryl sulphate and synthetic fragrances; and skin-stifling petrochemicals.  Read more about chemical nasties in cosmetics and the alternatives .

Green People carefully selects the organic plant based ingredients used for its winning sensitive skincare, body care, hair care and make-up; taking extra care to leave sensitive skin feeling soothed not sore. Here’s the low-down on some of the best natural ingredients you can find in their products:

1. Aloe vera

A flowering succulent with a history of its valuable properties dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Green People uses organic aloe vera that’s filleted, juiced and freeze-dried within two hours of harvest for the most effective and long-lasting ingredient. Once rehydrated, aloe vera adds a soothing and hydrating quality to cleansers and moisturisers that’s out of this world. Used as a base for most of Green People’s products, aloe vera’s nourishing superpower is also suitable for the most sensitive skin types. 

Aloe vera

2. Calendula extract

A skin-soothing boost for babies and adults alike, calendula extract offers a unique blend of antioxidants that are ideal to protect and calm irritated or inflamed skin. Used in Green People’s baby lotions, cleansers and shower gels for its natural healing flower power, calendula is a firm favourite when it comes to sensitive skincare ingredients. 

3. Chamomile extract

Recognised for its anti-inflammatory properties and comforting scent, chamomile has proved to be a wonder in skincare for sensitive skins. Gentle enough to be used every day as part of your sensitive skincare routine, chamomile extract is used in Green People’s Neutral Calming Serum and Hydrating After Sun to shield and soothe inflamed skin. 


4. Marshmallow extract

 With more anti-inflammatory properties found in the marshmallow root than its flowers, Green People swears by marshmallow extract for its rich repairing, nourishing and soothing properties. As kind to sensitive scalps as it is an effective detangler and defrizzer for your locks, they’ve added marshmallow extract to their Moisturising Conditioner. You can also find it in Scent Free 24 Hour Cream, which provides maximum moisture day and night.  

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5. Shea butter

Sourced from the nuts of the karité tree, shea butter is a wonderful moisturiser for all ages and all skin types. Helping to repair flaky skin conditions such as cradle cap and reduce wrinkles in a gentle and hydrating way, shea butter soothes sensitive and irritated skin and even offers gentle UV-protection. A staple ingredient for the Green People collection, shea butter is absorbed quickly and easily by the skin. It provides a protective layer and can be a great barrier cream for relieving eczema. 

shea butter

6. Squalane

Derived from olives, squalane is the ultimate natural moisturising agent. Antibacterial oil with a non-greasy finish that absorbs slowly, it will rejuvenate tired and sensitive skins without causing congestion or irritation. An effective barrier between your skin and harmful pollutants or dry weather conditions, you’ll likely feel longer-lasting benefits of Nurture Body Lotion and Rejuvenating Eye Cream thanks to squalane. 

7. Beeswax

Bee-autifully blended plant wax, pollen and bee secretion, beeswax is the perfect organic base for natural make-up, hand creams and soothing balms. Not only does beeswax make all those nasty chemicals unnecessary but it’s also extra hydrating while allowing the skin to breathe. This means it’s ideal for sensitive skin types whose skin conditions are exacerbated by clogged pores and moisture-sapping products or conditions.  


baby balms for sensitive skin

Do you suffer from sensitive skin? Leave a comment below to let us know which natural skincare products from the Green People collection work for you. 

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