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Formulation Corner: Clear Day Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Formulation Corner: Clear Day Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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).

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Formulation Corner: Vitamin C

Formulation Corner: Vitamin C

You’ve probably heard by now that vitamin C is essential for healthy skin. It protects against sun damage, prevents signs of aging and so much more. But you’ve probably also heard that L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C’s purest form) is tough to formulate with. Chemists will tell you it’s an unstable molecule which basically translates to: it goes bad quickly unless it’s formulated right. And that’s where we come in. 

Our co-founder Kayla Bertagna oversees the chemists and research and development teams of all Soon Skincare products. She gave us the 4-1-1 on formulating effectively with L-ascorbic acid and she had some pretty juicy inside scoop on what makes Phoenix 15% Vitamin C + E Serum so effective. 

Why was it so important to use a 15% pure L-ascorbic acid in Phoenix Vitamin C + E Serum?

Vitamin C is a fundamental ingredient to good skin health. You hear it often referred to as the powerhouse antioxidant, and it truly is. Vitamin C reduces signs of aging, corrects hyperpigmentation, repairs skin damage caused by pollutants, and accelerates the body’s natural collagen production, all while protecting from harmful free radicals and giving your daily broad spectrum SPF a boost. As an avid user of Vitamin C, it was important to me that a daily use Vitamin C serum was launched early on for Soon. 15% is a clinical grade concentration of pure Vitamin C that can sustain the stability and potency necessary to fight the free radicals taking hits on our skin on a daily basis. The development process was somewhat of a fight itself, but necessary to formulate a product that won’t breakdown, give a foul odor or irritate the skin as so many pure Vitamin Cs on the market do. After all, the best Vitamin C serum is the one a person will want to use every day, and it can be clinical grade without breaking the bank.

How did your research shape the formula? What research did you do?

Vitamin C has been studied across many areas of health and wellness both topical and transdermal. It was important to me to cast a wide research net to learn what groundbreaking approaches to ingredient pairings and delivery systems are available and how they could be innovated for a daily use Vitamin C serum. This led us to an ingredient called DMSO (dimethyl sulfone), which in our formula specifically, delivers the L-ascorbic acid to the deeper layers of the skin. Deeper penetration of the skin layers has less product sitting on the top of the skin, lessening irritation for sensitive skin types and enabling the Vitamin C to do what it does best, correct and protect. 

Many Vitamin C serums on the market only contain a derivative of Vitamin C as the key ingredient. Phoenix 15% Vitamin C + E is formulated with the additional key ingredients Vitamin E (pure tocopherol) and ferulic acid. Why is this important?  

I had always been taught and heard that pure L-ascorbic acid was unstable and difficult to formulate, which is one of the reasons why so many brands use derivatives. During my research journey with our chemists, it was a bit eye-opening at just how unstable and difficult it is unless it is paired with a Vitamin E and taken even one step further pairing with ferulic acid. Similar to bringing in DMSO for deeper penetration and efficacy, stability was a key property in formulation.

Ferulic acid and Vitamin E stabilize pure L-ascorbic acid better. They are very effective in delaying the oxidization of the Vitamin C once the bottle is open to keep it effective on Day 1 and also on Day 30.  So, in the Phoenix formula, you have Vitamin E and ferulic acid preserving the vitamin C and DMSO taking it deeper into the skin. That’s powerful. 

How do you incorporate Phoenix 15% Vitamin C + E into your regimen?

Vitamin C is a morning must. Daytime is when it is most effective and advantageous for good skin health, and it helps add to my morning glow. After cleansing, and depending on the day, some masking, I apply a few drops full face and then layer with our Mermaid Marine Collagen Serum. And I always follow with a broad spectrum SPF 50. That’s another great benefit of Vitamin C, it’s a wonderful booster to a broad spectrum SPF for added sun protection. I am a big supporter of protecting the skin from the sun in any way possible. Skin cancer runs in my family, so I do what I can to protect my skin at all times. Our Phoenix 15% Vitamin C + E gives me that added protection. Plus, it gives the skin a nice healthy glow.

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How to Protect Your Skin From Environmental Stressors

How to Protect Your Skin From Environmental Stressors

Free radicals are molecules that are missing part of their structure, making them unstable. In their search to become whole again by stealing their missing piece from other molecules, they cause chaos in the skin. This is what is referred to as oxidative damage. Let us help with your stress relief. Add Phoenix 15% Vitamin C + E Serum, boosted with ferulic acid, to your daily regimen to protect skin against daily environmental stressors. 

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