Hand Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
We normally love Supergoop!’s sunscreens, but Hand Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 disappoints due to its strong fragrance and surprisingly low amount of skin-defending antioxidants.
The brand offers two sizes: the larger size is packaged in an opaque squeeze bottle and the 1-ounce travel/purse-friendly size is packaged in an opaque tube. The opacity of both components protects the light- and air-sensitive ingredients this contains.
We appreciate the smaller size for on-the-go use, but it doesn’t excuse the inclusion of problematic ingredients like geranium, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus oils. Although each has some antioxidant benefits, their volatile fragrance components interact with oxygen and can damage healthy skin (see More Info for details).
For some positive news, this provides broad-spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening. We also love the creamy, moisturizing yet non-greasy texture that keeps hands from feeling slippery, which will also further encourage reapplication.
This ends up being a mixed bag and ultimately not worth choosing over many other sunscreens Supergoop! and other brands offer. Remember, a sunscreen need not be labeled “hand cream” to be useable on hands, either. The point is getting sunscreen actives on this vulnerable area.
- Provides broad-spectrum protection.
- Moisturizing yet non-greasy texture.
- Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Contains several fragrant oils capable of irritating skin.
- Surprisingly low amount of antioxidants.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This luxurious, fast-absorbing formula protects one of the most sun-sensitive spots on your body (your hands) with broad-spectrum SPF 40, all while delivering major nourishment and hydration, thanks to antioxidants and natural oils. So long, dry hands!
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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