.Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is the classic Supergoop! sunscreen. Dibbed “the sunscreen that started it all” by Supergoop!, Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is 25.5% chemical sunscreen, 65.5% cosmetically-appealing ingredients that enable your skin to stay protected without a lot of muss or fuss. It’s lightweight, water-resistant, and designed for use with skincare and under makeup. For more, read on!
Homosalate, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, and Octisalate = A Great Combination
First of all, FutureDerm readers know that I incrementally prefer physical sunscreens, like titanium and zinc oxide, to chemical sunscreens. The reason? Physical sunscreens provide a barrier between UV light and the skin. On the other hand, chemical sunscreens allow UV light to hit the skin, but transform it into a non-damaging form of energy, like non-UV light or heat. My skin seems to personally do better with physical sunscreens.
Still, chemical sunscreens are proven to work, and many of my friends prefer them because they’re more cosmetically appealing (in general). The four chemical sunscreens in Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 are homosalate, octisalate, avobenzone, and octinoxate.
Homosalate is actually part of the salicylate family, like salicylic acid. Studies show that it can help limit inflammation, resulting in reduced redness in the skin (European Journal of Pharmacology). It’s also so effective that it is one of the active ingredients in the standard sunscreen formulation the FDA uses to test the SPF of other sunscreens (FDA).
Avobenzone sometimes gets a bad rap, because it is unstable when it is used alone and exposed to light (International Journal of Pharmacology). However, when avobenzone is paired with octisalate, it is more stable. Both are UVB filters; when paired with avobenzone, they create a broad-spectrum protectant against harmful radiation (JAAD).
A Small Amount of Citric Acid and Lemon Oil
Citric acid is sometimes used in skincare and sunscreens to adjust the acidity of the product so it is more acidic and hence less disruptive to the skin. Lemon oil has a similar purpose, although it also helps to exfoliate the skin and acts as a source of antioxidants as well.
The issue with lemon oil in a skincare is that it might ironically make the skin somewhat more photosensitive. Using much higher concentrations of lemon can in fact cause blistering (Photoimmunology, Photodermatology, and Photomedicine, 2005). I have also been sent emails from readers who have used lemon on their skin and had really bad reactions to it.
Normally, I recommend using lemon only with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Considering that Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a sunscreen, lemon shouldn’t be a problem, except for those with really sensitive skin.
I recommend Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for everyone who wants a sunscreen that is potent but also cosmetically-appealing. It’s a solid sunscreen product and it should be fine for any skin type except the most sensitive. Highly recommended!
Ingredients in Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Active Ingredients: Homosalate 10% (Sunscreen), Octinoxate 7.5% (Sunscreen), Octisalate 5% (Sunscreen), Avobenzone 3% (Sunscreen); Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isododecane, Polyester-8, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Lauryl Lactate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Diethylhexyl, Syringylidenemalonate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Behenic Acid, Cetyl Behenate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Limonene, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Lecithin,Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Geraniol, Citral, 1,2-Hexanediol, Beta-Glucan, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate.