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I finally got on board with daily SPF and my skin has never looked better

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
·4-min read

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Supergoop! Glowscreen is my secret weapon for radiant skin. Image via Supergoop!

Supergoop! Glowscreen is my secret weapon for radiant skin. Image via Supergoop!

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I’m generally pretty good when it comes to skincare, (always making sure to wash my face before heading to bed, staying hydrated, and the like) but I have a confession to make: Until recently, SPF was just not a part of my daily beauty routine.

Don’t get me wrong, I would always be sure to apply sunscreen before spending time outdoors and reapply every few hours, but since I’ve been spending 90 per cent of my time indoors this past year, it just hasn’t seemed like a priority. It’s a common enough problem, but one that Supergoop! founder Holly Thaggard set out to end with her line of skincare meets sunscreen.

“I know from my research that people don’t apply SPF as generously as they should to get [benefits of] the claims on the packaging,” Thaggard shared with Yahoo! Canada. “We really think about SPF differently and we think about it like, ‘How do we make something for everyone?’”

Glowscreen, the latest product in Supergoop!’s line of products recently hit Canadian shelves as the answer to an easy, everyday SPF, and I’ve had the chance to test it out in person. After using it for the past couple of weeks, here’s my honest review.

Supergoop Glowscreen

Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40. Image via Sephora.

Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40. Image via Sephora.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $48

The details

Made with a blend of hyaluronic acid for hydration, sea lavender for long-lasting moisture, and cocoa peptides to protect against blue light protection and free radical damage, Glowscreen isn’t your average SPF. While it still provides an SPF 40 that's also vegan, cruelty-free, reef-safe, and gluten-free, its skin-boosting ingredients help it perform double duty as both sun protection and skincare in one.

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Worn on its own or as a makeup-gripping primer, it’s designed to leave skin with a dewy, glowy finish, and major hydration all day.

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First impressions

At first glance, the bottle of Glowscreen looks much like any SPF you’d find at your local pharmacy. Upon testing it out on the back of my hand though, it was obvious that it lives up to its claims of adding “a pearlescent finish to leave skin luminous with an instant glow.”

Without adding any excess shine, glitter or fragrance, skin looks like it’s lit from within - or as I shared on social media, as if it were a balmy July afternoon rather than the dead of winter.

Left: Glowscreen's lit from within effect when applied to my hand. Right: loving the effect for a faux summertime glow.

Left: Glowscreen's lit from within effect when applied to my hand. Right: loving the effect for a faux summertime glow.

I’ve been loving using Glowscreen daily to add a bit of brightening and radiance, and since I don’t usually wear foundation I find that it’s the perfect finishing touch to my morning skincare routine. Worn over my regular serum and moisturizer, I haven’t had any issues with it pilling or taking a long time to absorb into my skin - perfect for ensuring that I’ll actually apply SPF daily.

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What others are saying

Although Glowscreen only officially launched at Sephora in Canada on Jan. 26, it’s already earned a solid 4.1 star rating from more than 700 customer reviews.

“I just recently started wearing sunscreen daily, and after using this I’m so mad I never started sooner,” revealed one Sephora reviewer. “It doesn’t leave a white cast, I can’t feel it on my face at all, and it really does leave a great glow. Not shimmery or oily looking.”

“I love how light this is on my skin and how well it absorbs. I can wear it alone with powder or under foundation and it looks great both ways,” added another. “It provides a nice, natural tint, and I often receive compliments that my skin is ‘glowing’ when I use it. A little goes a long way, which makes it a good value for the cost.”

As the name suggests, Glowscreen leaves skin with a radiant finish that may not be everyone’s preference. If you’re looking for a daily SPF that offers similar skin-boosting effects but with a more matte effect, then be sure to check out the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen instead.

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