Gradual Self-Tanning Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 20

by Supergoop!  
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$38 - 5.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Self-Tanners > Self-Tanners
Last Updated:
7/31/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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Although a self-tanner with broad spectrum sun protection may seem like a good idea, it's a bit of a conundrum because the way you need to apply sunscreen is vastly different than how you should apply self-tanner, at least for best results. Sunscreen must be applied liberally in order to provide sufficient protection from damaging UV rays. On the other hand, self-tanner requires a more swift and blended application in order to avoid streaking and uneven color. If you over-apply self-tanner you can get a color you don't want.

The application issue doesn't necessarily make this a bad self-tanning option, it just makes it doesn't work as well as a two-in-one product as you might think.

In terms of aesthetics, the soufflé-like texture has a luxuriously moisturizing feel to it, but on the downside, it doesn't absorb into skin as well as we hoped. With any self-tanner you want to make sure to blend it in really well in order to achieve even color, but this one requires a bit more effort than normal.

The bigger issue is the pilling that can occur minutes later if you happen to rub against anything (especially if you have oily skin or perspire). If it starts rubbing off, the results won't be as even as lighter-weight self-tanners can deliver.

While this product may smell nice, the fact that it contains a high amount of fragrance poses a risk of irritation to skin (see More Info).

In the end, while this self-tanner does deliver on its promise to safely tan skin with believable color, its formula poses a number of issues that aren't worth putting up with. Check out our Best Self-Tanners list for superior options instead!

Pros:
  • Produces a believable tan color without sun exposure.
  • Provide broad spectrum protection (if you apply liberally).
Cons:
  • The soufflé-like texture doesn't blend as easily as it should.
  • Pilling can occur, resulting in uneven coverage.
  • Fragranced formula has the potential to cause irritation.
  • Self-tanner needs to be applied very differently than sunscreen so the two-in-one aspect of the product isn't as convenient as it may seem.

Three-in-one gradual self-tanner, moisturizer and broad spectrum SPF 20. Antioxidant-rich formulation provides a slight lustrous summer sheen to skin.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2.5%); Other: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dihydroxyacetone, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Erythrulose, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Fragrance, Cetyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium, Polyacrylate Starch, Sodium PCA, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Benzoate, Cetearyl, Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glycolic Acid, Disodium EDTA, o-Cymen-5-ol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus, (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ubiquinone

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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