SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum
1.7 fl. oz. for $42
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This feels more like an ultra-thin lotion rather than your typical serum, but despite a name likely to confuse those who use serums, it absorbs into skin weightlessly and imperceptibly and provides broad spectrum sun protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening.

Those struggling with dry skin won't find this moisturizing enough, but otherwise SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum's light hydration wears comfortably on normal, oily, or combination skin.

The fragrance-free formula helps improve skin's barrier function and protects against further damage with its mix of antioxidants, anti-irritants and skin-repairing ingredients. The minimal concentration of these ingredients doesn't exactly warrant the price, but some is better than none!

By the way, nothing particular in this product is better for defending skin against the effects of city living vs. living in a rural area. Exposure to UV light (even on cloudy) days is what ages skin the most, and you can't escape daylight no matter where you live (OK, we suppose you could live underground in a bunker or be in Alaska or somewhere else far north during the winter solstice, but that's about it).

  • Absorbs into skin weightlessly, leaving an imperceptible finish.
  • Fragrance-free formula includes skin-beneficial ingredients.
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightly hydrating texture works well under makeup.
  • Pricey considering the additional beneficial ingredients are ho-hum and used in lower concentrations.

A multitasking broad spectrum SPF 30+ daily repair serum for skin exposed to the sun and environmental stresses, both in the past and the present.


Active Ingredients: Homosalate (8%), Octisalate (4%), Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (2%). Other: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Polypropylene, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, D-panthenol, Octanohydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Tricontanyl PVP, Cetyl Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA , Pentylene Glycol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Oleyl Alcohol, Ethyl Linoleate

Brand Overview

Strengths: All products offer broad spectrum sun protection as an added anti-aging benefit; majority of the products have non-greasy textures that easily absorb into skin; formulas are rated SPF 20 or greater.

Weaknesses: A preservative known to be sensitizing is present in a few of the products; several of the formulas contain potentially irritating fragrant plant extracts; Acai Fusion Lip Balm doesn’t actually contain acai.

OK, we have to get the confusion out of the way up front. The name “Supergoop!” sounds like it could be a line of hairstyling products, right? Not even close: Supergoop! is a company selling sun care products!

According to their Website: “We wanted to create a sunscreen that people actually enjoyed using so we created Supergoop! as a fun way to deliver a serious message. Supergoop! has a playful name—just try and say it without smiling— but tries to instill the importance of using UV protection every single day. The name also appeals to children, which is important because we want people to begin healthy sun habits starting from a young age.”

Alright, we can get behind that. The folks behind this brand are absolutely right that daily sunscreen use is a must for all ages.  Protecting skin from damaging UV rays is the best way to prevent skin cancer as well as keeping skin looking young, smooth, even, and healthy for as long as possible.

Supergoop! also stresses that anything that emits heat (your hair dryer, nail-drying lamps, etc.) also emits infrared-a radiation (IRA) which can wreak havoc on skin by forming free radicals that deteriorate collagen. We can’t confirm that your blow dryer or flat iron is causing you to age (in all likelihood that’s not the case), but certainly pollution in the air is of more concern. Either way, to combat external causes of aging, it’s important to supply skin with ingredients that can offset the damage, and Supergoop! does just that by including antioxidants in their formulas. Unfortunately, they don’t always use a high concentration of them, but some is better than none. Still, this isn’t an inexpensive line, so you’re well within reason to expect more than just a dusting of antioxidants.

We appreciate that Supergoop! strives to produce sunscreens whose lightweight, non-greasy textures easily absorb into skin and don’t feel like traditional sunscreens. Such pleasing textures mean people will be more likely to apply sunscreen on a daily basis (sun protection only works if you remember to use it). In that respect, Supergoop! succeeds brilliantly. The majority of their products feel weightless and have either a quick dry-down or pleasantly smooth absorption. Now that’s a nice change of pace from your run-of-the-mill sunscreens!

The one claim they fail to live up to with multiple products is formulating with non-irritating ingredients. The line wants you to know their products do NOT contain parabens, oxybenzone, or synthetic fragrances, yet several Supergoop! products contain ingredients you should be concerned about due to their documented potential to irritate skin. Irritation is bad for skin whether the ingredients are natural or synthetic.

Specific to parabens, research has made it abundantly clear that parabens are safe as used but tells a different story about fragrant plant oils such as eucalyptus and lemon oils—both ingredients Supergoop! does use, seemingly without knowledge of how they could hurt skin.

To further clarify, oxybenzone and parabens are nothing to be afraid. Still, we realize that many consumers have been led to believe that those ingredients are bad so it’s understandable that Supergoop! avoids the issue altogether by omitting them—but then why include such fragrant ingredients when fragrance-free is best for everyone’s skin?

The bottom line: This sun-care-themed brand is one of the few to offer an entire lineup of products that offer broad spectrum sun protection. However, not all the formulas are worthwhile given their potential for irritation. See individual reviews for a play-by-play on which products earn our seal approval.

For more information about Supergoop!, call 210-787-1378, or visit www.supergoop.com.

Note: We would like to extend a special thank you to the team at Supergoop! for providing products and information necessary for us to do a thorough review. It is the rare cosmetics company that goes to any length to assist us, and we’re grateful to Supergoop! for their help.

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I've been wearing the spray on product for more than a week. It feels light on and doesn't seem to interfere with my skin. However, I wondered if the coverage was complete, because it is a fine spray....nope. I'm getting spotty/blotchy, which has not occurred before. Having used other spray on sunscreen that felt heavy and irritated my skin, which this does not, I never became spotted. Not the look I'm going for!

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Love it!

This is the first time I've found an SPF that doesn't make me oilier (I have combo skin) or break me out. Works great alone or under my foundation. Lightweight. I couldn't be happier with it.

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Kelly M
Love it!

Super light, great for oily/combination skin or areas that you might not wash everyday. I shower every other day, and leaving this on my neck and chest overnight has never broken me out, like other sunscreens have. To me, it's perfect. You'll probably need to use an additional moisturizer though unless you have oily skin.

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