Does Supergoop! provide broad spectrum protection?
Of course! All of our products provide broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Many of our products even go further to protect against infrared radiation and help filter blue light and pollution!
If I wear SPF 30 and SPF 15 does it add up to SPF 45?
SPF numbers don’t “add up” — your skin is only protected by the highest amount of SPF that you put on. So if you apply both an SPF 15 and an SPF 30 then the highest amount your skin will be protected by is the SPF 30.
Do I need to wear SPF indoors?
Yes, the sun’s UVA rays penetrate through clouds and windows, and those are the rays that are responsible for issues like discoloration, fine lines and skin cancer. Plus, blue light from your computer and smartphone screens can cause skin damage as well.
Do I need to wear SPF with skincare products that include vitamin C?
Yes, a thousand times yes. Fun fact about vitamin C: It breaks down in the sun! So if you’re spending time (and money!) on a skincare routine that includes vitamin C, but you’re not incorporating SPF into your routine, then you’re not getting nearly the benefits that you could. Our advice would be to opt for a product that includes vitamin C and SPF, like our Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 Serum!
Why do I need to reapply SPF?
There are a handful of things that can disrupt the protective layer of sunscreen on the surface of your skin: Sweating, touching your face/skin, oil production, etc. Plus, sunscreen will naturally break down on your skin when exposed to sunlight, so reapplication is a key component of skin protection. SPF should be reapplied at least every 2 hours for full protection (sooner after swimming or sweating — read your SPF’s application instructions). It’s totally OK to reapply mineral sunscreen over chemical sunscreen and vice versa.
If I have to reapply SPF every 2 hours, does that countdown start when I first apply my sunscreen or when I go out into the sun?
You should reapply SPF at least every two hours starting from when you first apply it! For example, if you were to apply SPF at noon and then go outside at 1pm, you would need to reapply at 2pm (two hours after application, not two hours after going outdoors).
Do I need to wear SPF if I have a dark skin tone?
Yes! All skin tones should wear sunscreen to protect from skin cancer and to help offset the signs of aging. Those with darker skin tones have more melanin, which helps provide a low level of protection against UVB rays, but not UVA rays! While damage might be not immediately apparent (in the form of sunburn or tanning), cumulative unprotected exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate photoaging.
Can a 100% mineral SPF be invisible?
Nope! A 100% mineral SPF can never be “invisible” because mineral actives are, by nature, made up of white powders. However, particularly on fair skin tones, they can blend in to be undetectable on the skin, and some 100% mineral SPFs can be formulated to give a subtle, sheer finish, like our Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30 and Mineral Mattescreen SPF 40!
What’s the difference between mineral and chemical SPF?
The primary differences between chemical and mineral sunscreens are a.) how they’re formulated and b.) how they actively protect your skin from UV rays. Get the breakdown below!
Is there such thing as “natural” SPF?
The short answer? No. All SPF, including 100% mineral SPF, is produced synthetically in a lab. This is to ensure that the materials don’t contain any impurities or traces of hazardous materials, and that the formulation lives up to its protection claims. “All-natural” product claims can be extremely misleading because there’s actually no official government organization that endorses the term, much less pinpoints a specific definition for it. So, when a sunscreen claims to be “natural,” it’s purely marketing.
What is the PA rating system?
“PA” is short for Protection Grade of UVA, and the PA rating system was originally established in Japan as a way of measuring a sunscreen’s level of UVA protection. The rating system is as follows:
- PA+: some UVA protection
- PA++: moderate UVA protection
- PA+++: high UVA protection
- PA++++: extremely high UVA protection
What is SPF efficacy?
SPF efficacy refers to the power of sunscreen to produce a certain (positive!) effect on your skin. Almost half of the suncare products on the market failed to meet their SPF and water-resistance claims, that’s why we share our products’ efficacy reports on our website — because we live up to what we put
on the package.
Are Supergoop! SPFs reef-friendly?
Yes, all of our products are reef-friendly (i.e. they don’t include ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate which have been linked to coral reef damage), with the exception of Healthy Glow Sunless Tan SPF 40, which is not yet reef-friendly.
Are Supergoop! SPFs cruelty-free?
Absolutely. Since day one, we have never tested on animals. Moreover, nearly all of our products are vegan, meaning they don’t use any animal byproducts. PLAY 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 and Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Stick SPF 50 are our only non-vegan products – they include beeswax.