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SUN 101

Your guide to staying sun-safe all year long.
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SUN 101

Your guide to staying sun-safe all year long.
Experts In SPF™ Clean  •  Derm-tested  •  Cruelty-free  •  Est. 2005 Seal

LET’S START WITH THE BASICS

We’re breaking down SPF numbers, the types of UV rays and more
WHAT DOES SPF MEAN?  “SPF” stands for Sun Protection Factor, which is a measure of protection from the sun’s UVB rays.   THE SPF SWEET SPOT  [SPF 30-50 icons] For optimal protection, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using at least SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB rays. Anything above SPF 50 (which blocks 98% of UVB rays) won’t protect your skin from that much more of the sun’s rays and may give a false sense of all-day protection.

LET’S START WITH THE BASICS

We’re breaking down SPF numbers, the types of UV rays and more
WHAT DOES SPF MEAN?  “SPF” stands for Sun Protection Factor, which is a measure of protection from the sun’s UVB rays.   THE SPF SWEET SPOT  [SPF 30-50 icons] For optimal protection, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using at least SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB rays. Anything above SPF 50 (which blocks 98% of UVB rays) won’t protect your skin from that much more of the sun’s rays and may give a false sense of all-day protection.
Even More Sun 101: Why not SPF 100? More on that here. Get to know what the “UV index” is and how it impacts your skin. Take a deeper look at mineral vs. chemical SPF. Debunk 8 common mineral SPF myths. Check out our “No List” to learn about the 1600+ ingredients we never use.
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Even More Sun 101: Why not SPF 100? More on that here. Get to know what the “UV index” is and how it impacts your skin. Take a deeper look at mineral vs. chemical SPF. Debunk 8 common mineral SPF myths. Check out our “No List” to learn about the 1600+ ingredients we never use.
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 SUPERGOOP! THE #1 THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SKIN ☀️
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 SUPERGOOP! THE #1 THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SKIN ☀️
 SUPERGOOP! THE #1 THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SKIN ☀️
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IS WEARING SPF DAILY REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

Spoiler alert: It really is!
1 IN 5 AMERICANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH SKIN CANCER IN THEIR LIFETIME. The good news? It’s largely preventable if you just do one thing: Wear sunscreen! Our #1 goal is to help you find an SPF that you really love and actually *want* to wear every day.
ALL SKIN TONES NEED SPF.  While some skin tones may tan and others may burn, all skin tones are still susceptible to skin cancer and accelerated photoaging. The best way to keep your skin protected and healthy is to wear SPF!
YOU SHOULD WEAR SPF INDOORS, TOO!  UVA rays can penetrate through clouds and windows and can cause issues like discoloration, fine lines and skin cancer. Plus, blue light from your computer and smartphone screens can cause skin damage as well.

IS WEARING SPF DAILY REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

Spoiler alert: It really is!
1 IN 5 AMERICANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH SKIN CANCER IN THEIR LIFETIME. The good news? It’s largely preventable if you just do one thing: Wear sunscreen! Our #1 goal is to help you find an SPF that you really love and actually *want* to wear every day.
ALL SKIN TONES NEED SPF.  While some skin tones may tan and others may burn, all skin tones are still susceptible to skin cancer and accelerated photoaging. The best way to keep your skin protected and healthy is to wear SPF!
YOU SHOULD WEAR SPF INDOORS, TOO!  UVA rays can penetrate through clouds and windows and can cause issues like discoloration, fine lines and skin cancer. Plus, blue light from your computer and smartphone screens can cause skin damage as well.
Even More Sun 101: Read more on why all skin tones need SPF. Hear what a dermatologist has to say. Get more deets on wearing SPF indoors and how blue light affects your skin.
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Even More Sun 101: Read more on why all skin tones need SPF. Hear what a dermatologist has to say. Get more deets on wearing SPF indoors and how blue light affects your skin.
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There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to SPF.
That’s why we have 40+ options for all skin types, tones and routines! Find your match in 3 min or less with the Supergoop! Product Finder.
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There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to SPF.
That’s why we have 40+ options for all skin types, tones and routines! Find your match in 3 min or less with the Supergoop! Product Finder.

AM I SPF-ING RIGHT?

How much to apply, why to reapply and SPF wardrobing
ALSO, REAPPLY! 	 Sweating or touching your face/skin can disrupt your protective layer of SPF, plus sunscreen will naturally break down on your skin when exposed to sunlight. It’s key to reapply at least every 2 hours and always after swimming or sweating.
SPF WARDROBING. Layering or “wardrobing” SPF is a great way to ensure you get all the protection you need! See a sample SPF wardrobe below: PREP Clean SPF skincare [featuring Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 Serum]  PRIME Makeup-gripping multitaskers [featuring Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30]  REAPPLY Easy ways to refresh your SPF [featuring (Re)setting 100% Mineral SPF 35 Powder]  BODY Head-to-toe protection [featuring Glow Oil SPF 50] BEAUTY Makeup with SPF built in [feature CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50]

AM I SPF-ING RIGHT?

How much to apply, why to reapply and SPF wardrobing
APPLY GENEROUSLY!  We always suggest that you apply SPF generously. But we know “generously” may not mean the same to everyone, so you can use these references as a good rule of thumb!  FOR FACE A quarter-sized amount  FOR BODY A shot-glass-sized amount. Click to learn how SPF wardrobing can help you achieve the right amount for proper protection! →
ALSO, REAPPLY! 	 Sweating or touching your face/skin can disrupt your protective layer of SPF, plus sunscreen will naturally break down on your skin when exposed to sunlight. It’s key to reapply at least every 2 hours and always after swimming or sweating.
SPF WARDROBING. Most people only use ⅓ of the sunscreen they’re supposed to, so layering or “wardrobing” SPF is a great way to optimize your sun protection! See a sample SPF wardrobe below: PREP Clean SPF skincare [featuring Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 Serum]  PRIME Makeup-gripping multitaskers [featuring Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30]  REAPPLY Easy ways to refresh your SPF [featuring (Re)setting 100% Mineral SPF 35 Powder]  BODY Head-to-toe protection [featuring Glow Oil SPF 50] BEAUTY Makeup with SPF built in [feature CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50]
Even More Sun 101: Learn how much SPF to wear when you’re mostly out of the sun or when you’re outside all day. Read more details on why to reapply. Get a quick read on water- and sweat-resistant sunscreen and SPF wardrobing in our Suncyclopedia.
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Even More Sun 101: Learn how much SPF to wear when you’re mostly out of the sun or when you’re outside all day. Read more details on why to reapply. Get a quick read on water- and sweat-resistant sunscreen and SPF wardrobing in our Suncyclopedia.
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Our Mission
SPF is at the heart of all we do, but our mission is about so much more than just sunscreen...
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The Bright Side
Check out our blog for even more education on topics like how to treat hyperpigmentation, the best sunscreen for men and more.

The Suncylcopedia

Get answers to even more FAQs, take a closer look at skin safety and discover so much more with our one-stop guide to all things SPF.
Supergoop! Multi Product Packshot Group with Texture

The Bright Side

Check out our blog for even more education on topics like how to treat hyperpigmentation, the best sunscreen for men and more.
Supergoop! Model with Product Lifestyle Imagery

Our Mission

SPF is at the heart of all we do, but our mission is about so much more than just sunscreen...

The Suncyclopedia

Get answers to even more FAQs, take a closer look at skin safety and discover so much more with our one-stop guide to all things SPF.