Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! UVA rays are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year. Even if you are not going outside frequently, UVA rays can penetrate clouds and even glass.

None of Supergoop!’s products include parabens, oxybenzone, or synthetic fragrances.

In a word YES! At Supergoop!, we do not test any finished products on animals and are completely dedicated to being a cruelty-free company. Our raw materials and/or ingredients are not tested on animals by us, nor do we purchase anything from third parties who test on animals. It is stipulated in the contractual agreements with our labs that all raw materials used in our formulas must be certified cruelty-free.

We recognize that traditional sunscreen is the farthest thing from “feels good”, so we strive to formulate products that you and your family actually want to put on: they are lightweight, never greasy or sticky and easily absorb into skin. Supergoop! is the first and only prestige skincare brand completely dedicated to sun protection. Supergoop! has Super Broad Spectrum protection, which means it protects skin from UVA rays, UVB rays and IRA rays

Yes. It is important to check Supergoop! products as they may not effectively provide proper sun protection after their expiration date. They also can lose the ability to prevent antibacterial and fungal growth within the formula after the expiration date.

Not quite yet, but we’re working on it! As of now we can only accept USA Credit Cards and ship within the USA. We’ll shout it from the rooftops as soon as we hit your shores, we promise.

Yes! Supergoop! is free of controversial ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances and oxybenzone so you can feel good about putting it on your kids.
Most of our products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind, so they are very unlikely to irritate skin. We recommend starting a healthy sun protection habit with children as young as 6 month but always consult your doctor or pediatrician prior to product use.

Yes, 100% of Supergoop! products are gluten-free. In fact, we have received really great feedback from those with allergies!

Supergoop! does use beeswax in our Fusion Lip Balm formula and our Lip Shield, so, depending on how strict you are you may wish to avoid this particular option.

Dimethicone is used in our formulas to help evenly spread protective Zinc Oxide on the skin, which is an important factor for meeting SPF and Critical Wavelength requirement. Dimethicone is widely recognized as a safe ingredient. It is approved by the FDA and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel and has even been given a low hazard rating of 3 by the EWG.

The first application of the day is the most important and it is crucial to take the time to do it properly. Many things can affect the need to reapply sunscreen—excessive sweating, toweling off, wind, and swimming all hamper the ability for sunscreen to remain on the skin and make reapplication important.
Sunscreen should be reapplied immediately after towel drying; after 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating (depending on the time noted on the label); at least every 2 hours.

First, it’s important to note that SPF measures only UVB protection. Be sure to always use a “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen to ensure protection from both UVA and UVB rays. SPF ratings conform to the principle of diminishing returns. In other words, the larger the numbers are, the smaller the gain in protection. A SPF 15 protects from 64.6% of UVB radiation; a SPF 30 protects from 97.0%, which is a 50% increase in protection. As you increase to an SPF 50 however, it provides less than a one percent increase in protection.

Daily sun exposure isn’t trivial. Even if you have limited daily exposure, it is still possible to get about as much sun in one to three months as in an afternoon at the beach. Sun damage is cumulative and it never completely heals. By wearing a daily sunscreen and practicing other sun safe measures (wearing a hat, wearing protective clothing, sunglasses, and staying in the shade) it will help reduce the dangers of skin cancer and premature aging.

Yes! Infrared radiation comes from anything that emits heat—hair dryers, nail lamps and the sun. In fact, over half of the solar energy that reaches the skin is infrared. Infrared rays penetrate more deeply into the skin than UVA and UVB rays and generate free radicals, which lead to accelerated skin aging. Antioxidants are the only defense against IRA to ensure “super” broad protection.

Parabens are used in products to prevent bacteria growth. The reason they are controversial is that they mimic estrogen in the body and have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. All Supergoop! products are paraben-free.

Wearing sunscreen everyday will not necessarily cause you to become Vitamin D deficient. Your body creates Vitamin D when it is exposed to UV rays—just 5-10 minutes of exposure is enough time to make a sufficient amount. However, when you wear sunscreen, some UV rays still reach the skin and allow your body to create Vitamin D. There are other safe ways to get Vitamin D besides exposing yourself to sun. Foods like milk, orange juice and fatty fish are all Vitamin D-rich options. You can also take a multivitamin or supplement containing Vitamin D. 

Oxybenzone is used in many sunscreens because it effectively provides broad spectrum protection from UV radiation. The problem is, it can be absorbed through the skin and has been linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that can cause skin cancer. In fact, it has been named the Allergen of the Year by the American Academy of Dermatology. All of Supergoop!’s products are oxybenzone-free and instead use other safe ingredients that provide broad spectrum protection.

Environmental Working Group recommends that consumers avoid sunscreens that have Vitamin A. Data from an FDA cancer study showed that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A commonly used as a sunscreen ingredient, may speed the growth of skin tumors. These effects happen only when retinyl palmitate or other forms of vitamin A are used on skin in the presence of sunlight. The study of retinyl palmitate’s toxicity was conducted by scientists at the FDA and the National Toxicology Panel (NTP 2012). Their findings reinforced earlier data identifying health risks of vitamin A in sun-exposed skin care products. 

No, using different SPF sunscreens will not result in higher protection; the SPF protecting you is the highest one you apply. For example, if you were to put on an SPF 15 and then an SPF 30 you would have SPF 30 protection, not SPF 45.

No, our products do not contain nanoparticles. Nanotechnology is used in sunscreen to make Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide particles smaller, so they don’t create an opaque, white look on the skin. Doing this though allows the materials to penetrate further into the skin, potentially causing adverse health effects. There isn’t enough research on this topic to determine if nanoparticles truly are a hazard, so we have decided to veer on the safe side and not use them.

People aren’t generally fond of sunscreen—they think it smells bad, feels gross, and has bad chemicals. 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.

The brand name Supergoop! originated in a very organic way early on in the beginning of the company. As Holly was working with laboratories, critiquing numerous lab samples of initial SPF formulas, she asked a small group of doctors and mothers—two key demographics she was aiming to get feedback from—to be on her formulation approval task force. As the group rigorously examined numerous versions of SPF, they referred to the lab samples as “goop.” Dr. Thaggard, former Chief of Staff at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX, provided his stamp of approval on a particular sample he coined “super”. When Holly heard him say “this is it, this is the supergoop”, she knew she had just heard the now noteworthy brand name she had been searching for, Supergoop!. Did you know—Supergoop! is always written with an exclamation point.