Save Face Oil-Free A.M. Moisturizer SPF 35+

by Supergoop!  
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$28 - 3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
7/31/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Save Face Oil-Free A.M. Moisturizer SPF 35+ has a lightly hydrating lotion texture suitable for normal to slightly oily or combination skin. The product is dispensed through opaque packaging with an airless pump that helps keep the various light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.

The teeny-tiny amount of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients it contains pales in comparison to some of the other powerhouse moisturizers with sunscreen out there, but at least what's present isn't going to quickly break down thanks to thoughtful packaging.

On the plus side, this fragrance-free sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection with its in-part avobenzone formula. Save Face Oil-Free A.M. Moisturizer SPF 35+ is rated for 40 minutes of water-resistant protection, which is an added benefit for those with an active lifestyle.

All in all, this isn't a bad moisturizer with SPF, but it isn't overly impressive one, either.

Pros:
  • Lightly hydrating lotion texture is suitable for normal to slightly oily or combination skin.
  • Water-resistant formula.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Unimpressive amount of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.

The essential first step in any morning skincare regimen, Save Face A.M. is an all-in-one sunscreen-moisturizer that protects against sun and environmental damage in a shine-free, weightless, water resistant lotion.

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5.0%), Avobenzone (3.0%), Octocrylene (2.79%); Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Polysilicone-15, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Squalane, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Phytate, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Lecithin, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Ethyl Acetate, Ethyl Butyrate, Isoamyl Butyrate, Methyl Anthranilate, Methylbenzyl Acetate

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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