Zinc Screen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40
Supergoop’s Zinc Screen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40 is a good option for mineral sunscreen. Given its blue light and pollution-protection claims, we would’ve liked to see a more robust mix of antioxidants included, but if you wear it over an antioxidant-spiked serum, it’s worth considering.
This sunscreen comes packaged in an opaque plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. Its lightweight, yet still emollient, fluid texture is best for those with normal to dry skin. It sets to a dewy finish that makes skin appear radiant without looking greasy.
As far as other positives, this provides broad-spectrum SPF 40 with a mineral-based (zinc oxide) formula. Since it’s also fragrance- and irritant-free, that makes this a consideration for those with sensitive skin who might not be able to tolerate synthetic sunscreen actives.
The majority of the rest of the formula includes moisturizing ingredients, plus winter cherry, coconut, and blueberry fruit extracts. The extracts are welcome additions because they have antioxidant properties, but they’re not present in very significant amounts. We’d prefer to see additional antioxidants in greater concentrations, since antioxidants help boost sunscreen’s effectiveness.
Another note: this has a slightly pinkish tint meant to offset the white cast zinc oxide-based sunscreens often have. While this effect works to neutralize that case on fair to medium skin tones, it can still make deeper skin tones appear ashen, a common aesthetic problem for untinted mineral sunscreens.
These caveats aside, this is still a sunscreen worth considering, particularly if you have dry, sensitive skin.
- Provides broad-spectrum SPF 40.
- Mineral sunscreen formula is suitable even for sensitive skin.
- Moisturizing formula gives normal to dry skin a slight dewy glow.
- Includes some antioxidant fruit extracts.
- Fragrance free.
- Pinkish tint can make deeper skin tones appear ashen.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional antioxidants, given its anti-pollution claims.
There’s a new 100% mineral SPF in town… Meet Zincscreen SPF 40, a lightweight, non-nano zinc oxide lotion that provides daily protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays and helps protect from blue light and pollution, too. It has a blendable, skin-brightening pink tint that wears well underneath makeup and works beautifully on sensitive, acne-prone or oily skin. It’s also full of clean ingredients like winter cherry, coconut fruit extract and blueberry extract to help nourish and shield your skin from other aggressors. Get ready to be pretty in zinc…
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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