Summer is so close we can practically smell sunscreen in the air. This year, we’re adding Soon Skincare’s first SPF to our shelf..
Clear Day is a broad spectrum SPF 50, clear stick sunscreen that applies evenly and without the sticky mess that comes with traditional sunscreen. The stick glides on the skin without pulling and ensures you don’t miss any areas. Great for all skin types, it leaves the skin with a nice glow and wears well under makeup.
Our co-founder Kayla Bertagna oversees all of Soon’s formulations and works alongside our chemists to develop products you feel confident using. Kayla and Clear Day’s lead chemist Natalye Hinkson gave us all the juicy details about the formula and what’s next for Soon’s line of sun care products.
What’s special about the Clear Day formula?
Kayla: We had three main goals for our first SPF product - ease of use, decreasing the risk of skin cancers and precancers, and helping to prevent premature skin aging. Many products on the market do one or two really well, but few hit all three.
The stick format is important because it is easier to apply – no drips, no glops, no messy, sticky goop. It’s easy for everyone, even the little ones.
Being clear without leaving a film or residue was also important to be universal for all shades of skin and photo-friendly, leaving no “flash-back” in pictures.
Natalye: We designed this product with on-the-go in mind, so you always have easy access to reapply your SPF. To make sure it wouldn’t melt, we tested it in really hot environments, leaving it in cars all day long when it was 100 degrees outside. It stayed solid and had the same flawless application as when applied indoors in a comfortable room temperature.
In addition to the UVA/UVB ray blocking actives, we added additional ingredients including tocopherol and bisabolol, making it non-comedogenic so it won’t cause breakouts, and to be moisturizing.
Clear Day is an all-chemical sunscreen. What are the benefits of this?
Natalye: All active ingredients in sunscreen are chemically derived, even mineral sunscreens which are inorganic mineral compounds. The term chemical has more to do with how the ingredients and light rays react. Chemical sunscreen ingredients absorb the UV rays before they can damage your skin, whereas mineral sunscreen ingredients block and scatter the rays. A more accurate way to describe chemical is UV organic filters.Chemical sunscreens do not require as thick a layer on the skin to be effective and they tend to be easier to rub into the skin.
Kayla: Clear Day is also formulated without any SPF filters that cause harm to the environment. We want to protect the earth and protect our skin.
Clear Day also has vitamins C and E added to the formula. Why was that important to you?
Kayla: Vitamin C is so important. L-ascorbic acid has tons of benefits for the skin, including protecting it from environmental damage, which can be caused by exposure to the sun and pollution. So with Clear Day, you’re going to get sun protection but you’re also going to get a boost of antioxidant protection that amps up defense against the sun and provides long-term anti-aging benefits.
Natalye: We used a highly stabilized form of vitamin C that is very potent so you get all the anti-aging benefits of L-ascorbic acid.
Can you give a sneak peek at what’s coming next for the Soon Sun product line?
Kayla: Nobody will feel excluded with the Soon Sun line. We are creating something for everyone, and for the body parts that can often get ignored or forgotten. My lips are sealed(hint, hint, wink, wink).