Supergoop! is the company that most closely aligns with my
obsession passion. Their products are designed to make sunscreen as easy and comfortable to apply as regular skincare, a mission that is near and dear to my balls heart. It’s the company that I would have dreamed up if I had balls instead of a law degree.
Today I’m spotlighting 3 products that truly fill gaps in the market:
- Super Power Sunscreen Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($19 for 3.4 oz. or $34 for 7.1 oz.)
- Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ ($12 for 1 fl. oz. or $38 for 10 fl. oz.)
- Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($8 for 10 ml/1 fl. oz. or $34 for 5 fl. oz.)
These use only chemical filters, although the company makes physical-only sunscreens, too.
I’ve tried a few other products from Supergoop! with mostly good results. Their sunscreen mist is a recent repurchase (albeit not particularly standout), and the eye cream tackles an often forgotten area (although I prefer something more moisturizing). The only major fail was the makeup setting mist–smart concept but in reality an imprecise rosemary(?!)-scented spray that left my hair and clothes tacky. (See my review at the bottom of this sunscreen megapost.)
Additional things to love: (1) Almost everything is available in TSA-friendly sizes. (2) Many products have PA ratings (uncommon for U.S. sunscreens) to indicate the degree of UVA protection, although I’ve yet to see anything PA++++. (3) Efficacy testing results are posted on each product page (love them #receipts), but to be honest, they’re super technical and don’t seem to address the basis for the PA ratings.
Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Review
Supergoop! sunscreen mousse is the latest addition to the lineup. Supergoop! claims it’s the “first ever sunscreen in a mousse formula,” and that’s definitely what piqued my interest. It’s also water resistant.
I love the lightweight and lightly hydrating formula. Just dispense a big blob, squish, then massage in until it disappears–which it quickly does. Supergoop! recommends a golf ball’s worth for each arm, 2 for each leg, and 1 for neck and chest.
Whether applied on bare skin or lotioned skin, it sinks in colorlessly and with no residue or pilling. I haven’t put it to the real test yet because we’ve only had, like, 1 truly hot week in May (very unusual for Washington, DC), but it’s a huge leap from sunscreen lotions and sprays that leave my palms covered in greasy residue. I just wish the pump weren’t so hard to press with one hand.
Ingredients (pasted from product page):
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%
Inactive Ingredients: Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Butter Extract, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Crambe Maritima Leaf Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyester-5, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rose Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Trehalose, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Water
Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ Review
The concept underlying Supergoop! hand cream is genius. I’m already applying cream to my hands–arguably the most exposed area other than the face–so I may as well apply sunscreen at the same time. (Tip: Use up bad sunscreens on your hands…and neck and body.)
For maximum user friendliness, the cream comes in a flat tube that slips easily into pockets/purses or in a pump bottle that fits in car cupholders. It massages in quickly and doesn’t leave greasy residue. And no, it doesn’t feel like just regular sunscreen in a smaller tube. In terms of moisturizing power, on a scale from 1 (hotel freebie) to 10 (spa-level silkiness), it’s like a 7.
Compared to the super-light mousse, the hand cream moisturizes more and leaves hands feeling more protected from the elements.
Ingredients (pasted from product page):
Avobenzone 3.0% (Sunscreen), Homosalate 10.0% (Sunscreen), Octinoxate 7.0% (Sunscreen), Octocrylene 5.0% (Sunscreen).
Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Chlorphenesin, Citral Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glucose, Glucose, Glucose Oxidase, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isododecane, Isolates, Lactoperoxidase, Lauryl Lactate, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Limonene, Magnesium Sulfate, Maltodextrin, Nylon-12, PEG-100 Stearate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propanediol, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocotrienol, Vanillin Natural, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Review
Sunscreen OIL?! You heard me. Packaged in a spray bottle, it applies like a light, dry oil, leaving a soft sheen (but not shine). You glow, girl! (Har har.) Seriously, on exposed limbs and what-have-yous, it adds luster and suppleness. Don’t we all want to look lusty and supple?
Er, I should rephrase–anyhoo, this protected me from burning last summer. I can’t say that it prevented tanning though because my arms did get tanned. It’s also not water-resistant, so use something else if you’re going in the water or super-sweaty. Like with every spray ever, be careful about the spray radius reaching beyond your target.
I spray about the same amount as I would spray a sunscreen mist. This is one sunscreen oil that I trust, unlike a certain TonyMoly face oil *cough* that recommends using 1-2 DROPS (@Peepingpomeranian wrote her initial thoughts here).
Ingredients (pasted from product page):
Homosalate (15.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octocrylene (7.0%), Octisalate (5.0%), Avobenzone (3.0%)
Octyl Dodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, SD Alcohol 40- B, Ethylenediamine/Hydrogenated Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer Bis-Di-C14-18 Alkyl Amide, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Lauryl Lactate, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocotrienol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
P.S. Love innovative sunscreen that goes on like regular skincare? Vote for my idea for Sun Pearls (sunscreen balls) to be brought to market.
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