Aside from the face, hands are one of the first places to show the signs of sun damage since they are constantly exposed to UV rays plus the skin on top of hands is very thin. In that respect, we really appreciate that this hand cream provides broad spectrum sun protection that includes avobenzone for UVA screening, along with an emollient-dense formula that drenches dry skin with rich hydration.
Unfortunately, all of those benefits are overshadowed by the preponderance of potentially irritating fragrant plant oils (see More Info to find why fragrance in skincare is a problem). That's a bummer since this hand cream also contains beneficial ingredients, such as the highly touted argan oil plus other antioxidants that help ward off free radical damage and repair skin.
In addition to the one-ounce bottle, Forever Young Hand Cream comes in a 10-ounce jug (talk about a generous supply!) that retails for $29, but given the highly fragrant formula, it's just not worth the risk to skin at any size.
By the way, if you're curious what the hype about sea buckthorn is all about, visit our ingredient dictionary (Short story: it's a beneficial antioxidant, although good skincare is never about just one ingredient, and in this case it doesn't offset the other problematic ingredients).
Note: Because this product is regulated in the U.S. as an over-the-counter drug, its inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. Although this may be the standard, we have more respect for companies that choose instead to list their inactive ingredients in descending order of concentration, so you know more about what you are putting on your skin, just like with any other skin care or makeup product.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40 defends against the signs of UV-induced aging with an innovative blend of antioxidants and super broad spectrum protection. Formulated with omega-7 fatty acid-rich sea buckthorn fruit, shown to help lighten dark spots, and skin nourishing meadowfoam seed and argan oils, this moisturizing age-defier improves skin’s elasticity and texture while safeguarding skin from future photodamage.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octinoxate (7%), Octocrylene (5%)’; Other: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Chlorphenesin, Citral, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glucose, Glucose Oxidase, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isododecane, Isolates, Lactoperoxidase, Lauryl Lactate, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Limonene, Magnesium Sulfate, Nylon-12, PEG-100 Stearate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Vanillin Natural, Water, Xanthan Gum.
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 name—just 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 can’t confirm that your blow dryer or flat iron is causing you to age (in all likelihood that’s not the case), but certainly pollution in the air is of more concern. Either way, to combat external causes of aging, it’s important to supply skin with ingredients that can offset the damage, and Supergoop! does just that by including antioxidants in their formulas. Unfortunately, they don’t always use a high concentration of them, but some is better than none. Still, this isn’t an inexpensive line, so you’re 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 don’t 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 that’s 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 oils—both 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 it’s understandable that Supergoop! avoids the issue altogether by omitting them—but then why include such fragrant ingredients when fragrance-free is best for everyone’s 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 we’re grateful to Supergoop! for their help.
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