FC Lab: Ole Henriksen vs Supergoop!

To the lab!  We return yet again to bring you the best (and not so best) in sun protection from the Sephora Sun Safety Kit.  This week–more sunscreen!  Hey, we take prevention of skin cancer and a leathery complexion seriously, folks.  Today the match up is Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+ Sunscreen versus Supergoop! Everyday Face & Body Lotion SPF 30.  First, Mr. Henricksen…


Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+ Sunscreen – $35

Ole! Ole! Arriba!


This product’s claim:

  • A lightweight antiaging barrier that provides protection from environmental factors and UVA and UVB rays….Oil-free sunscreen [that] is sheer enough to wear under any daily moisturizer without feeling heavy. Made with Ole Henriksen’s Solar Active Complex™, this product includes multiple ingredients to protect skin from environmental aggressors and harmful UVA and UVB rays. It also boosts skin’s natural repair function to address pre-existing damage. 


Supergoop! Everyday Face & Body Lotion SPF 30 – $48

I’m not sure you want the word “goop” on a product that’s supposed to be non-greasy.


This product’s claim:

  • An ultra-moisturizing, broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen lotion for face and body.  This moisturizing, paraben-free lotion provides 80 minutes of lightweight, water-resistant sun protection. This formula delivers a powerful shield against daily UV exposure while keeping skin soft, moisturized, and hydrated.


As far as sun protection, both of these products work well.  The Supergoop! advertises being very water resistant, and after a day on a lake, I can tell you that’s true.  I applied only twice and my skin didn’t burn, though I probably should have applied a third time to prevent some of the coloring I did get.  Supergoop! is really pretty heavy for my skin.  It felt a bit greasy, and it had that sunscreen smell, but hey, it’s sunscreen, so I wasn’t expecting something really light.  There wasn’t enough in my little sample size to apply to my whole body, but I bet it works best that way, since it’s easier to deal with greasy arms than a greasy forehead.

The Ole Henriksen is a great product.  First, the smell–sort of like oranges.  Very fresh, not at all like sunscreen.  I like this product better for the face because it was lighter, plus it has a whopping 50 SPF so that’s great.  They recommend wearing it under your normal moisturizer, but I didn’t see that as necessary, especially during the summer when my skin tends to be oilier than normal.

The bottom line?  Both great products, though I’d recommend Supergoop! for body only, and Ole Henriksen for the face.


Familiar with Ole Henriksen or Supergoop!?  What do you think about them?  Tell us in the comments, and read more from the fc lab series here

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