Launched in 2007 by a school teacher, Holly Thaggard, Supergoop! is the only prestige skincare brand completely dedicated to UV protection 365 days a year. It’s been awhile since I met an entrepreneur who’s this focused on living and breathing their mission. Holly and her team of some 20/30 people strive to create products famlies and kids can use safely –one that is easy to apply and backed by high quality ingredients and not to mention lots of clinical research. It wasn’t until today that I realize how skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers globally and how easily preventable it actually is.
Here’s Holly and me
She looks wonderful doesn’t she? we heard that she touched down in Singapore on a 5am flight this morning – and yet still looked fab (she credits this to her eyecream) and I must say that I reached for that tube of eyecream today and i can see how that helps! it was an instant eye brightener wow!? [now i can’t wait to go buy more Supergoop!]
Ever wonder where the name Supergoop! came from? Not being from the beauty industry Holly referred to her earliest lab samples as “goop”. When Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 was presented, she had exclaimed “this goop is super!” and that’s how Supergoop! was born. It was a very exciting time for her which is why it’s always written with an exclamation point!! She says you can’t say it without a smile on your face lol.
It’s also really surprising to learn that sunscreen is deem as a ‘drug’ in many states in the US and kids are not allowed to thank these to school – and how Holly is campaigning state by state to raise awareness on the importance of sunscreen and trying to breakthrough to government to allow it for use on kids. Talk about Laser focus and determination! I do love how Supergoop! is free from parabens, oxybenzones and synthetic fragrance and controversial ingredients. Did you know Supergoop! will send at least in the US – free sunscreens to schools! That’s putting money where her month is – I really admire Holly’s pluckiness and get go attitude! It must have been quite a tough journey over the past decade.
In Holly’s words “I’m here to change the way you think about sunscreen. No longer is it a sticky, tacky, smelly mess that you put up with at the beach. It’s a feel good lotion, a refreshing makeup setting spray, your got-to-have-it mousse, that you’ll want to wear. Every. Single. Day”
Take heed as majority of the damage that leads to skin cancer later in life is actually done during childhood as kids are exposed to 3 times more sun than adults.
Did you know while the lips and the eyes are the first areas dermatologists check for skin cancer, it’s often the hands that are the first place to show signs of damage. Apparently because people tend to wash their hands after applying sunscreen.
Also being in the shade or even on a rainy day you’re still being exposed to damaging sun rays. Skin, without sunscreen, is always at risk for sun damage. UVB rays can easily reach the skin indirectly–particularly by bouncing back from surfaces like concrete, sand, snow and water.
The date your sunscreen was manufactured is really important!
The shelf life begins at the date of manufacturing rather than the date you opened the product. If your newly-purchased sunscreen was recently manufactured, it is likely effective for two years (three years, max) so using it from one season to the next could be okay. Keep in mind, however, that if you apply generously and frequently 365 days a year, a bottle of sunscreen should not normally last from one summer to the next. And, it’s not so much about the sunscreen becoming ineffective as it is the risk of bacteria and fungal growth, which can happen well within the expiration date, and quickly lead to serious skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Note to self: Steer clear of parabens, synthetic fragrances and oxybenzone. Oxybenzone, was declared Allergen of the Year by the American Academy of Dermatology, has also been connected to hormone disruption and cell damage that can cause skin cancer. Another ingredient to avoid is Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A) as studies suggest that while this is an antioxidant, it can actually accelerate growth of skin cancers. SPFs over SPF 50 can also be irritating and the SPF benefits reach their maximum at 50. I guess – no need to go above 50 then.
The brand story made my heart drop a little – Holly created Supergoop!
While there’s so many products Supergoop! has in their brand – I would probably say the Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF50 is the bomb!
The Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF50, which was sold out at Sephora in the US is your answer to reapplying sunscreen over makeup. I bet none of us did that previously, I have tried and failed as it gave me a terrible stinky grease over my makeup and skin – but with a mist im surprised just how no one had thought of it earlier? I can’t wait to get my hands on some of their lip protection products such as the Lipscreen! Our poor lips – have been neglected for a long time.
The brand also has fun products such as a sunscreen mousse https://www.sephora.sg/products/supergoop-super-power-sunscreen-mousse-spf-50/v/100m
l and things like a make up setting powder, or body butters and sunscreen oils. #wow
Read more about Holly Thaggard and Supergoops! story here on forbes
Cheers to one united sunscreen lol and 1001 textures and ways to use them! Hurry get it on Sephora now!