Supergoop’s Glowscreen Body SPF 40 Is for the Back of Your Legs | Interview
As we start to show more skin on warmer weather days, a part of your body may be getting neglected when you’re slathering on sunscreen: the back of your legs. After learning this is one of the most common places for skin cancer in women from oncologists and dermatologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering, a cancer center in New York City, Supergoop founder Holly Thaggard vowed to come up with a solution. Enter, the Supergoop Glowscreen Body SPF 40.
Like its predecessor, Glowscreen, the sunscreen imparts a transparent, dewy finish onto all skin tones with natural-looking, light-reflecting sparkle in the form of responsibly sourced mica. Your legs are sure to gorgeously glisten while you go outside for some fresh air. “Of course, our Play formula works beautifully on arms and legs, but nobody’s really putting it on their legs,” Thaggard tells Allure. “So I felt like to go that extra step and give an additional benefit was the key to getting it onto the backs of our legs.”
When Glowscreen launched last year, Thaggard also shared that dozens of people were asking for it in a body formula. Little did they know, Supergoop already had one on deck, waiting to be tested out and put into clinical trials. “We often like do multiple formulas at one time, and then, wait for that moment when the launch feels right,” she adds. “So when people started asking [about] it, we decided to push forward.”
Supergoop made some tweaks to the face formula to make it more body-friendly. The luminosity was amped up to ensure legs, arms, and décolletés look undeniably glowy. (If you were to put the original Glowscreen on them, it wouldn’t have the same radiant effect it does on your face, Thaggard points out.)
Some of the hydrating ingredients were also swapped out for others to dial up the glow in the creamy lotion, Thaggard notes. The changes also kept the lotion from being greasy, so it won’t ruin your clothes if you put them on right after layering on the sunscreen. Thaggard even put that aspect of the formula through the ringer herself several times to get it right.
One major addition was coconut alkanes. Thaggard opted for this natural silicone alternative as it gives skin a smoother feel while locking in hydration. (A statement cosmetic chemist Ginger King backs up.) White stargrass extract also made Glowscreen Body’s ingredient lineup to help protect skin from free radicals and oxidative stress with its antioxidant benefits, King says. Bisabolol, on the other hand, is a chamomile derivative that soothes skin — an advantageous addition for days when you just shaved your legs.
Unlike the face formula, the body version is water- and sweat-resistant. “That wasn’t a real priority for our face because Glowscreen is often that product I’m just wearing on a day-to-day basis when I’m not sweating and swimming. I’m sitting in front of my screen,” Thaggard explains. “But Glowscreen Body is for when you are possibly outside, running or doing more active things.”
The Supergoop Glowscreen Body SPF 40 drops on April 8, just in time for spring picnics. You can shop it on sephora.com and supergoop.com for $42. Plus, it comes in a 3.4-ounce tube, so once we can travel again, you’ll be able to throw it into your carry-on bag.
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