This article originally appeared in the September 29th, 2020 edition of *Insider.com*
Written by Erin Mayer
My healthy habit of wearing SPF daily began in high school (thanks Mom!), so I’ve tried a lot of different brands and formulas over the past 14 years. My favorite ones have a high SPF of 30 or above, a glowy finish that makes skipping foundation a no-brainer, and can also double as a moisturizer.
When popular sunscreen brand Supergoop launched Glowscreen, a primer-style sunscreen with SPF 40, I was so excited to get my hands on it. The product is a chemical-based sunscreen that boasts “a pearlescent finish” according to Sephora and claims to provide blue light protection from cell phone and laptop devices as well as the obvious sun protection. I was immediately sold.
Glowscreen‘s hero ingredients include hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 for moisture, antioxidant-packed sea lavender, and cocoa peptides for blue light protection. It’s a chemical sunscreen as opposed to a mineral, which means the formula sinks into the skin in order to protect from UV rays rather than acting as a physical blocker.
“I like that it does have iron oxides for blue light protection and vitamin C and ferulic acid for antioxidant effects,” says Dr. Marie Hayag, a board-certified dermatologist. “The niacinamide is a plus as it is a superstar ingredient that is anti-inflammatory, improves brown spots, anti-aging and more.”
Cons worth mentioning
“This contains octocrylene which can cause photo-contact allergic reactions,” Hayag tells Insider. “It is not suited for sensitive skin and it is better to use an octocrylene-free sunscreen in small kids.” I am redness-prone and have not experienced any issues using this, but if you’re more reactive you may want to avoid.
Marie V. Hayag, M.D.
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