Desert Skincare – Product Review – Supergoop Sunscreen Oil

Southern California: clear days, mild temperatures, and the near-constant California sun. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to paradise… UV exposure, and lots of it. But if there’s one thing you desert-dwelling Thread Detectives know as gospel, it’s that sunscreen is a skincare essential. Here is a review of my favorite… Supergoop Sunscreen Oil SPF 50.
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Confession: my name is Elizabeth, and I am a sunscreen maniac.

I was first introduced to Supergoop by my friend Claire. Claire gets Birchbox, and periodically mails me the stuff that she doesn’t use. I’ve gotten about 11 kinds of mascara, primers, highlighters… and a 1 oz. travel-size Supergoop Sun Oil, SPF 50.

Pictured above is both of my Supergoops. On the right is my small, 1 oz. travel-size that came in one of Claire’s Birchboxes. I’ve used it so much that the label has rubbed off. On the left is the larger 5 oz. version that I bought from Amazon. It sits in my dressing area, and I’ve since used it to refill the smaller, travel-size one that I carry around in my purse.

I recommend starting with the smaller size. That way, you can see if you like it before you commit to buying the full-size product. And, if you end up loving the sample size, it’s perfect to throw in your purse, or to pack for travel.

Supergoop: The Rundown

  • Use – the “mist” description” is a bit mist…leading (not sorry). Instead of spraying it directly on my face, I spray a few pumps into my hand, and then apply it all over my face, neck, and hands.
  • Benefits – Supergoop is a lightweight, moisturizing sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. It’s free of parabens, oxybenzone, and added fragrances. While I love sunscreen, I’ve used a lot of crap sunscreens. As this stuff is so lightweight, I find it’s the best sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen.
  • Where to Buy – I got my 1 oz. as a Birchbox sample from one of my girlfriends; I bought my 5 oz. Supergoop from Amazon.
  • Price – between $12 and $35, depending on the size and where you buy it.
  • Additional Notes – a lot of the questions surrounding this product ask if it can be applied under or on top of makeup. On top of makeup, no. Under makeup, it depends. If you have really oily skin, you live in a humid climate, and you use a liquid-based makeup, you might have some difficulty. I have medium skin (not too oily, not too dry), I live in a dry climate, and I use it under a BB cream. If it’s really humid and I start to get sweaty, I might finish it with a powder. Your mileage may vary.


Supergoop is my go-to sunscreen*… but I’d love to hear about others. Have a different favorite? Share it with other Thread Detectives in the comments section below.

*My other favorite is the more traditional Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Sunscreen, SPF 30. I tend to save that for full-body use, for things like hiking and the beach.



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