Health & Fit I'm an SPF Newbie, But This Supergoop Sunscreen Is Already My Favorite
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And is it really protecting your skin from sun damage? That's...a lot of foundation. You should also keep in mind that the SPF level in foundation isn't quite as strong as it claims. SPF 30 mixed into foundation isn't going to be as effective as a pure SPF 30 sunscreen, so you'd really need to slather it on thick in order to get the UV protection promised by the SPF rating on the bottle. "Makeup or sunscreen, the truth is that people don't apply nearly enough SPF as they need," says Hadley King, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New York City.
I'm nearly 22 and, until recently, I didn't think that I — or anyone else who's Black — needed sunscreen. I would occasionally use a sunscreen spray when I was with fair-skinned friends who insisted upon it, but I never thought my deeply melanated skin actually needed it. Sunscreen seemed like a luxury I could afford to skip out on. On top of that, I was constantly seeking out direct sunlight since I had extremely low vitamin D levels as a child. (since pigmentation can affect the body's ability to produce this bone-strengthening vitamin.)
But I finally had my a-ha moment when my stepmom recently gave me the 411 on the importance of sunscreen, and I've been serious about protecting my skin from the sun ever since. As I dug deeper into the beauty science, I found out that while melanin does act as a partial barrier from harmful UV rays, it only offers a max ofat best. I'd always grown up thinking my brown skin made me immune to sun damage, and I was officially second-guessing everything I thought to be true.
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It takes more than just a little aloe to stop the discomfort and damage, according to dermatologists.A sunburn is the result of your skin getting too much exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays — especially the dangerous UVB rays from the sun, Shari Marchbein, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, tells Allure. "Sunburns may seem temporary but can cause long-lasting damage to the skin by significantly increasing the risk of skin cancers, wrinkles, and sunspots," she says.
The sun's UV rays "cause hyperpigmentation, aging, skin cancers, [and] wrinkling, called call it photodamage or sun damage," explains according to Naana Boakye, M.D., dermatologist, author of, and owner of . And my fears of vitamin D deficiency weren't enough to warrant the exposure, she explains. "Since we know that skin cancer is caused by the sun, we advise that you just supplement [vitamin D] rather than staying outdoors and getting all this damage to your skin," says Dr. Boakye. And although Black people are much less likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer, the survival rate statistics are not as encouraging: Black people have a five-year melanoma survival rate of just 67 percent, vs. 92 percent for white people, according to the . (Related: )
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After realizing just how much sun protection matters, I started surveying my product options. One thing I quickly learned is that there are two main types of sunscreen:zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, while chemical sunscreens contain oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and/or octinoxate. (FTR, some sunscreen formulas are a mineral-chemical hybrid.) While each has its own pros and cons, they both get the job done, so choosing a sunscreen is a matter of personal preference, explains Dr. Boakye. The point is that you wear sunscreen — period, she adds.
While I'm still an SPF rookie, after trying a handful of formulas, one quickly rose to the top of my personal preference charts:(Buy It, $38, ) has officially become a staple in my daily morning skin-care routine. The SPF moisturizer leaves my face feeling dewy without any oily residue, all while packing a powerful SPF 40 punch. (FYI, Dr. Boakye recommends SPF 50 to her patients, but aiming for at least 30 SPF for most outdoor activities should suffice, according to the .) And since this Supergoop sunscreen is a chemical variety it doesn't make me look like I'm wearing a foundation that's 10 shades too light, as mineral sunscreens tend to leave a white cast on skin. (Related: )
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Board-certified dermatologists share areas on the face and body you may be neglecting when slathering on SPF, which also happen to be the most common zones for skin cancer diagnoses.Knowing skin cancer is the most common and preventable cancer is terrifyingly empowering. We hold the power in our hands to protect ourselves with a bottle of sunscreen, a hat with a wide brim, sunglasses, and long-sleeved clothing. But sometimes, we skimp on the SPF. We dispense a hefty dollop of sunblock and slather it everywhere we can, not realizing we are forgetting crucial areas in the process, like the back of our legs, hands, and top of feet.
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Since discovering this pot of pure magic, I actually look forward to my morning routine. I start by washing my face then hydrating and brightening withand serums respectively, and I finish by applying my Supergoop sunscreen moisturizer. When applying sunscreen to your face, you want to apply about a teaspoon or the amount you're left with when drawing a line down your index and middle fingers on one hand, Dr. Boakye tells me. One of the best parts about this Supergoop sunscreen is that it's a two-for-one product that helps me combine my SPF and moisturizer into one simple step — aka more time for last-minute smoothie runs.
While the Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer checks all of my boxes, the brand has plenty of other sunscreens that are also fan favorites including the(Buy It, $22, ) and (Buy It, $36, ). The Glowscreen left little iridescent shimmers across my face that, as promised, made me glow. Although I haven't tried the Supergoop Everyday Lotion yet, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with Sephora reviewers calling it "easy to apply" and "hydrating without being oily." (Related: )
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It’s time to show your hands the same care as your face. The sunscreen shields the skin from environmental aggressors while doubling as a hydrating hand cream. With every nickel-sized application, sea buckthorn fruit extract, argan oil, and meadowfoam seed oil deliver lasting hydration to dry hands and smooth over uneven texture. Unlike other sunscreens, reviewers say the lightweight, translucent cream instantly absorbs without leaving a greasy residue or white cast.
All Supergoop sunscreen products are cruelty-free, and the brand wasa chemical sunscreen formula that excludes oxybenzone — a chemical blocker have suggested may . Scientists found high concentrations of oxybenzone in the waters around popular coral reefs in Hawaii and the Caribbean, according to a 2015 study published in the . Not only was the coral bleached, but it left a larval (a growing form of coral) in a "deformed" condition, and eco-scientists theorize the chemical played a role.
The Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer in particular contains chemical blockers avobenzone, homosalate, and octisalate, none of which are on theof sunscreen ingredients that can harm marine life, which makes me feel good about using this product whether at home or on vacation.
I spent 21+ years of my life unaware of the risks I was putting on my skin and health by skipping out on daily sunscreen. But now I know that even though my dark skin tone may have protected me somewhat, Black does indeed crack if you don't care for it properly. Thankfully once I realized my negligence, it didn't take long for me to find a winner in. To all my fellow brown-skin girls ( ) who want (or, like me, need) to up their sunscreen game, I'd highly recommend giving it a try.
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AKA not the Gwyneth Paltrow way. ...And then she proceeds to apply sunscreen on the tip of her nose and along her cheekbones. There's a lot to unpack here. I would hope that most people know sunscreen is not supposed to be applied like highlighter. Granted, there has been a lot of crossover between makeup and skincare in recent years, but that does not mean that skincare is makeup. And just because makeup with SPF exists does not mean SPF should be applied like makeup.