Cloud 9 100% Mineral Sun Balm SPF 40
Cloud 9 100% Mineral Sun Balm SPF 40 earns our praise for alleviating severely dry areas while protecting skin during the day just as Supergoop! claims. The fact that it comes in a tin jar is a bit disappointing for formulary reasons we’ll explain below, but the gentle, richly emollient texture with built-in sun protection could still be worth the tradeoff for some people.
In Supergoop!’s own words this is a “100 percent mineral, multipurpose sun balm for spot-soothing dry or cracked skin with broad-spectrum SPF 40 UV protection.” Who should use it? Having a buttery-balm spot treatment with SPF makes sense for those who need to replenish and calm isolated areas of dry skin throughout the course of a day.
The sun protection comes from the gentle mineral actives of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. As is the norm with mineral sunscreens, this leaves somewhat of a white cast on skin. However, the cast melts into more of an emollient shine as the formula warms against skin. Zinc oxide also offers well established wound-healing properties, making it an ideal ingredient for compromised skin.
Additionally, skin is treated to shea and murumuru butters that lock moisture in and soften rough, flaky patches. Several antioxidant-rich plant oils are on hand, offering significant anti-inflammatory properties that calm and nourish skin, while thwarting the effects of environmental stressors and adding even more moisture to skin.
The only problem is that antioxidants are inherently sensitive to air (and light), so every time you unscrew the tin’s cap, the formula is exposed in a way that weakens the antioxidant power. This is why it’s generally best to seek out air-restrictive, opaque packaging for your skin care products (e.g. pump bottles or squeeze tube with small openings as opposed to jars or tins like this).
While the packaging isn’t ideal, this thick, buttery balm with SPF still has merit for spot treating and protecting severely dry skin during the day. We also experimented with applying it in the under-eye area to replenish moisture throughout the day and especially liked the healthy shine it left while protecting skin from sun damage.
Despite falling short of our highest rating, we’re still happy to recommend Cloud 9 as a unique option to replenish moisture to very dry areas, while adding to the other form(s) sun protection that you’d normally use on the rest of your face.
Last note: the inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. Although permissible for sunscreens sold in the United States, we prefer see ingredients listed in descending order, as this gives you a better idea of how much you’re getting.
- Replenishes moisture over severely dry areas of skin, while adding gentle sun protection.
- Emollient formula softens rough, flakey patches.
- Soothes agitated skin.
- Leaves skin with a healthy glow.
- Fragrance free.
- Tin jar packaging isn’t ideal for the stability of the antioxidants in the formula.
A super-nourishing, 100 percent mineral, multipurpose sun balm for spot-soothing dry or cracked skin with broad-spectrum SPF 40 UV protection.
OK, we have to get the confusion out of the way up front. The name Supergoop! sounds like it could be a line of hairstyling products, right? Not even close: Supergoop! is a company selling sun care products!
According to their Website: We wanted to create a sunscreen that people actually enjoyed using so we created Supergoop! as a fun way to deliver a serious message. Supergoop! has a playful namejust try and say it without smiling but tries to instill the importance of using UV protection every single day. The name also appeals to children, which is important because we want people to begin healthy sun habits starting from a young age.
Alright, we can get behind that. The folks behind this brand are absolutely right that daily sunscreen use is a must for all ages. Protecting skin from damaging UV rays is the best way to prevent skin cancer as well as keeping skin looking young, smooth, even, and healthy for as long as possible.
Supergoop! also stresses that anything that emits heat (your hair dryer, nail-drying lamps, etc.) also emits infrared-a radiation (IRA) which can wreak havoc on skin by forming free radicals that deteriorate collagen. We cant confirm that your blow dryer or flat iron is causing you to age (in all likelihood thats not the case), but certainly pollution in the air is of more concern. Either way, to combat external causes of aging, its important to supply skin with ingredients that can offset the damage, and Supergoop! does just that by including antioxidants in their formulas. Unfortunately, they dont always use a high concentration of them, but some is better than none. Still, this isnt an inexpensive line, so youre well within reason to expect more than just a dusting of antioxidants.
We appreciate that Supergoop! strives to produce sunscreens whose lightweight, non-greasy textures easily absorb into skin and dont feel like traditional sunscreens. Such pleasing textures mean people will be more likely to apply sunscreen on a daily basis (sun protection only works if you remember to use it). In that respect, Supergoop! succeeds brilliantly. The majority of their products feel weightless and have either a quick dry-down or pleasantly smooth absorption. Now thats a nice change of pace from your run-of-the-mill sunscreens!
The one claim they fail to live up to with multiple products is formulating with non-irritating ingredients. The line wants you to know their products do NOT contain parabens, oxybenzone, or synthetic fragrances, yet several Supergoop! products contain ingredients you should be concerned about due to their documented potential to irritate skin. Irritation is bad for skin whether the ingredients are natural or synthetic.
Specific to parabens, research has made it abundantly clear that parabens are safe as used but tells a different story about fragrant plant oils such as eucalyptus and lemon oilsboth ingredients Supergoop! does use, seemingly without knowledge of how they could hurt skin.
To further clarify, oxybenzone and parabens are nothing to be afraid. Still, we realize that many consumers have been led to believe that those ingredients are bad so its understandable that Supergoop! avoids the issue altogether by omitting thembut then why include such fragrant ingredients when fragrance-free is best for everyones skin?
The bottom line: This sun-care-themed brand is one of the few to offer an entire lineup of products that offer broad spectrum sun protection. However, not all the formulas are worthwhile given their potential for irritation. See individual reviews for a play-by-play on which products earn our seal approval.
For more information about Supergoop!, call 210-787-1378, or visit www.supergoop.com.
Note: We would like to extend a special thank you to the team at Supergoop! for providing products and information necessary for us to do a thorough review. It is the rare cosmetics company that goes to any length to assist us, and were grateful to Supergoop! for their help.
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