LET’S TALK ABOUT SPF

Sun protection isn’t just for the beach. And it doesn’t have to feel like a sticky mess either. Learn more about the sun’s effects, and the feel-good ways you can protect yourself. Every. Single. Day.™

Quick facts
It's time to see the light
More research

Some freckles are cute

But get the weird ones checked

All skin tones need SPF

Even if you rarely burn

A healthy glow is possible

But only when it comes from creams and bottles, not the sun

SPF is the strength of UVB protection

Anything over a 50 is false advertising- and no matter the number, you still need to reapply every 2 hours

The sun always rises

UVA rays are just as present in winter, spring, and fall as they are in summer

Outside looking in

UV rays still penetrate the glass in your office and your car

You get plenty of
vitamin D

It only takes 5 minutes of sun exposure a day for optimal vitamin D levels

Quick facts
It's time to see the light
Some freckles are cute

But get the weird ones checked

All skin tones need SPF

Even if you rarely burn

A healthy glow is possible

But only when it comes from creams and bottles, not the sun

SPF is the strength of UVB protection

Anything over a 50 is false advertising- and no matter the number, you still need to reapply every 2 hours

The sun always rises

UVA rays are just as present in winter, spring, and fall as they are in summer

Outside looking in

UV rays still penetrate the glass in your office and your car

You get plenty of vitamin D

It only takes 5 minutes of sun exposure a day for optimal vitamin D levels

What is SPF?

Sun
Protection
Factor

is a measure of protection from UVB rays

Any dermatologist will tell you, SPF 30 is the minimum needed daily protection. For a day outdoors, we recommend SPF 50 (and don’t forget to reapply!).

SPF
15
Blocks
93%
of UVB rays
SPF
30
Blocks
97%
of UVB rays
SPF
50
Blocks
98%
of UVB rays
The reality

When it comes to sun protection, most people tend to think only about sunburns, which are caused by UVB rays. But the truth is, you’re forgetting an entirely different type of damage. UVA rays enter the skin’s surface even deeper, leading to signs of aging (wrinkles, uneven skin tone, all those little things you don’t love about your skin) and are the major culprits in skin cancer.

The good news, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen protects against both UVA(ging) and UVB(urning) rays. The great news, all of Supergoop’s products are Broad Spectrum, and protect against Infrared rays too.

Chemical vs Mineral

Sun protection, two ways

There are two different kinds of sunscreens, chemical and mineral. We’re here to set the record straight on the benefits of both.
Learn more and see what fits into your routine.

 

 

Chemical
(Organic Filter)
Mineral
(Physical Blocker)
 
 

Ingredients

Ingredients

Typically one or more chemicals such as avobenzone and homosalate

 

Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide

 

How It Works

How it Works

Absorbs UV light, so your skin doesn’t

 

Bounces UV rays away from your skin

 

Texture

Texture

Weightless, sometimes clear, and lets pores breathe

 

Can be thicker, and made of small white particles which sit atop the skin

 

Best for

Best for

Everyday use and physical activity

 

Everyday use, babies, and sensitive skin

We have never used oxybenzone (a skin irritant and coral reef killer) in any of our formulas.

Our breakthrough formulations deliver the first feel-good mineral SPF with water-resistance and blendability.

Our breakthrough formulations deliver the first feel-good mineral SPF with water-resistance and blendability.

Ask more from your SPF

Unlike other sunscreens out there, we’ve never used things like oxybenzone (a chemical that irritates skin, disrupts hormones and damages coral reefs)–and we publish something that we call The No List, featuring over 100 ingredients and counting that we’ll never use in our formulas.

View Our Ingredient "No List"

We continually strive to use the cleanest ingredients out there, without ever sacrificing our products’ efficacy (or how well each of them actually works). Furthermore, we’re the only SPF brand that publicly discloses our efficacy testing results. Click below to see for yourself...

View our SPF Testing Results

How to apply

It all starts with SPF

When

Every. Single. Day.™ But especially from 10am – 4pm, when UV rays are the strongest, so make sure to re-apply by mid-day (brunch time!).

How much

You need ¼ teaspoon (a nickel-sized dollop) for your face, and 1 oz (or a shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover your entire body. But you can never have too much!

Don’t forget

Your lips, eyes, ears, neck, and hands are sensitive spots, and often skipped over.

When wet

Sunscreen formulas can be water and sweat resistant, but can lose efficacy after 40 or 80 min depending on the product. Always reapply every two hours, or immediately after toweling off post-swim.

With makeup

You can apply SPF over or under your makeup.

When spritzing

Spray the mist until your skin glistens—or appears white, if you’re using a mineral formula. Then, rub it in to make sure you haven't missed a spot.

When

Every. Single. Day.™ But especially from 10am – 4pm, when UV rays are the strongest, so make sure to re-apply by mid-day (brunch time!).

How much

You need ¼ teaspoon (a nickel-sized dollop) for your face, and 1 oz (or a shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover your entire body. But you can never have too much!

Don’t forget

Your lips, eyes, ears, neck, and hands are sensitive spots, and often skipped over.

When wet

Sunscreen formulas can be water and sweat resistant, but can lose efficacy after 40 or 80 min depending on the product. Always reapply every two hours, or immediately after toweling off post-swim.

With makeup

You can apply SPF over or under your makeup.

When spritzing

Spray the mist until your skin glistens—or appears white, if you’re using a mineral formula. Then, rub it in to make sure you haven't missed a spot.

For your kiddos

There is strong evidence that sun exposure and sunburns during childhood multiply the risk of developing skin cancer later on. Teach and motivate your kids to adopt a healthy sunscreen habit early.