Review: Green People Beauty Boost Skin Restore

I will admit that lately I have not been the best blogger in terms of keeping up with new launches - I've just been so damn happy with my regular routine. However, there has been one new addition to my skincare stash that has been seriously shaking things up. Let me introduce you to the Green People Beauty Boost Skin Restore*. As someone who is relatively unacquainted with the brand (despite them being my first ever green beauty purchase), they have really been grabbing my attention lately. I adored their newly launched Quinoa & Calendula Shower Gel, but this new launch has completely blown that out of the water.

The Beauty Boost Skin Restore confused me at first because the marketing campaign has been vague to say the least. Tagged as a 'radiance-boosting rescue cream', the product hasn't been marketed with a specific purpose. Different outlets and different bloggers will give you different outcomes; sometimes it's a day cream and sometimes it's a leave-on mask. Frankly it's great for either purpose but the specific reason that it has caught my eye is because of its similarities to a historic favourite that is unfortunately without the best ingredients and something that I no longer consider cruelty-free - the ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream from REN.

My hang-ups with REN aside, the Beauty Boost Skin Restore is simply a much-needed improvement on an old favourite. It has a similar light and easily-absorbed texture that dries relatively matte, but with a ridiculously better formula. Beauty Boost's main active ingredient is wakame, a seaweed full of antioxidants that stimulate collagen production. It's also full of beautiful oils, flower extracts, and most importantly, comes without the alcohol denat, phenoxyethanol, and testing parent company that is now part and parcel with REN. I'm also a great fan of the price. At £18.50 for 50ml, it's a high-quality product that you can purchase without feeling too guilty.

I've actually been using this product daily as I find that it works brilliantly as a light day cream now that the temperature is creeping up. As I've already mentioned, it dries matte and creates a wonderful smooth base for makeup. It is also super soothing, with a formula that feels almost pain-relieving on my skin that can often be sore and raw from sensitivities and/or a naughty skin picking habit. Of course, because of all its wonderful ingredients, it manages all this along with being sufficiently moisturising for my dehydrated combination skin. A thicker layer can then be applied and left to absorb of an evening if you really need that serious 'beauty boost'.

It may be a bit early to say but I really think that the Beauty Boost Skin Restore will be featuring in my top products of 2016. Of course, we'll have to wait and see, but for now it's a staple in my routine and shall be a staple repurchase in the future.

Beauty Boost Ingredients: AQUA (SPRING WATER), ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) OIL*^, CETEARYL ALCOHOL (EMULSIFYING PLANT WAX), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, CANNABIS SATIVA (HEMP) SEED OIL*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*^, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, PERILLA FRUTESCENS (PERILLA) SEED OIL*, OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) SEED OIL*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, GLYCERYL STEARATE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), SQUALANE (FROM OLIVE OIL), HYDROLYSED CAESALPINIA SPINOSA (TARA BUSH) GUM, ENTEROMORPHA COMPRESSA (SEAWEED) EXTRACT, GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE DERIVED), ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT*, HELICHRYSUM STOECHAS (EVERLASTING FLOWER) EXTRACT*, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE POWDER*, UNDARIA PINNATIFIDA (WAKAME SEAWEED) CELL CULTURE EXTRACT, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), AROMA [LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) HERB OIL*^, CANANGA ODORATA (YLANG YLANG) FLOWER OIL*^, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN) PEEL OIL*, ZINGIBER OFFICINALIS (GINGER) ROOT OIL*, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL*, CINNAMOMUM CAMPHORA (HO WOOD) BARK OIL], CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT*, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SORBIC ACID, SALICYLIC ACID, LIMONENE*, LINALOOL*, GERANIOL*, CITRAL*.