First off, we have to note that despite this product's name it isn't a "mineral-sunscreen". Though the majority of sun protection does come from zinc oxide (a mineral active that provides broad spectrum protection on its own), it also comes from octinoxate, which is a synthetic sunscreen ingredient. That isn't a bad thing, but since there are a good number of people sensitive to synthetic sunscreen agents, it's an important factor to know; not to mention that labeling this as a "mineral" sunscreen is misleading since it also contains a synthetic active.
Another problem is the likelihood of irritation because the formula contains a preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that is known to be sensitizing when used in leave-on products. It isn't a large amount, but this preservative is a poor choice for sensitive skin.
On a positive formulary note, Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 contains a blend of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and skin-repairing ingredients which help offset daylight and heat damage. Granted, they are used in small concentrations, but still, it's helpful that they are included.
In terms of aesthetics, the fluid lotion has a thin texture that easily absorbs, leaving an imperceptible finish with no visible white cast. The lightly hydrating formula fares best for those with normal to combination or oily skin (it's not moisturizing enough for dry skin).
Overall, this isn't a bad sunscreen, but it contains some questionable ingredients for a daily SPF product marketed specifically to sensitive skin.
A broad-spectrum SPF 40 mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin that features soothing olive polyphenols.
Active: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 10.1%; Other: Water, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Adipic Acid/Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ceteareth-20, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Seed Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oleth-3, Phosphate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Euterpe, Oleracea Fruit Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Tocotrienols.
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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