On Tactical Tool Tuesday I will share with you a tool aimed at improving your life as a Woman Who Shoots. I’ll always give you my honest opinion, regardless of how I obtain the item. If you know of something you’d like me to review or discuss, please drop me a line or leave a comment below. In a departure from the norm, I want to share with you a tool that has been saving my skin at the range: Supergoop SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist.
Why Supergoop SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist is a Tactical Tool
I define these tactical tools as items I use to make sure my shooting experience leads to the end I have in mind: a great and productive day of shooting. The Supergoop SPF 50 Defence Refresh Setting Mist is a big part of making sure my days shooting don’t end in disaster.
I am very pale and have typically Irish skin. This means I burn within minutes of sun exposure if I am not incredibly careful. As I mentioned in this post, I use Revision Intellishade when I am out in the sun. This goes on over my moisturizer and serves as my base makeup. But it isn’t enough for a full day outside.
I have an entire post about sunscreen coming up soon but here’s a tiny hint: you are likely making mistakes when you use it.
Why Do I Need Additional SPF When I Already Applied It?
Two hours, folks. That’s how often you should be reapplying sunscreen. On my arms and legs, this is no big deal. For one, I stay covered up as much as I can handle. You’ll often see me in long sleeves in 90 degree heat. I prefer a little discomfort to a sunburn. Also, it is much easier to reapply sunscreen to areas that aren’t my face. From aerosol cans to roller balls, there is a sunscreen for every type of skin and person.
However, if ever take one piece of advice from all of my ramblings, please do not put that stuff on your face. It isn’t made for the delicate skin on your visage and will likely result in clogged pores, breakouts, and general unpleasantness.
If you need to apply your sunscreen every two hours and shouldn’t spray on your usual sunscreen it’s pretty easy to bring along a good facial sunscreen. But if you are wearing makeup, the entire apple cart is upset. You cannot smear some sunscreen on top of your makeup and expect to look good.
And we shouldn’t be forced to choose between our vanity and our health.
Along Comes the Solution
I am planning an upcoming post about finishing sprays so I polled my friends on their favorites. A pal quickly recommended the Supergoop SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist and I ordered a travel sized version. I thought I would be using this for every day makeup setting. Boy was I wrong.
As soon as I received the product and sprayed it; I had a different plan. The bottle is small and compact and I love the sprayer. It creates a very fine mist that doesn’t leave me with droplets of moisture on top of my makeup. It dries without creating a crust or stiffness. The mist smells deliciously of mint, but it isn’t an overpowering scent. My skin loves it and it dries fast leaving no sticky or cakey residue.
I threw this in the range bag with no hesitation whatsoever. Every couple of hours I get it out and spritz my face, making sure to get the spray everywhere. And I have yet to burn all summer on my face. This is pretty much a miracle as I usually get at least one bad burn per summer. My pale Irish skin cannot abide the sun for more than a few minutes.
At $28 for the full size, this is an amazing product and the bottle will last you quite awhile. I’ve used my travel size several times already and the bottle is still over half full.
Good sunscreen should be part of your tactical plan and I highly recommend this one for your face.
Supergoop SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist
- Fine mist sprays easily and coats your whole face
- Allows you to reapply sunscreen without smearing your makeup
- Unlikely to clog pores or cause breakouts
- Gentle but functional ingredients
- Smells lightly of mint
- Feels soothing and cooling on the skin
- More expensive than a drug store sun screen
- Burns a bit if sprayed up your nose (ask Mr. SiL how I know)
This is such a great product!
How do you reapply sunscreen during the day? Are there other products I should try? Please let me know in the comments.
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