Many of my childhood summer memories begin with slathering on a thick layer of greasy sunscreen (that always had a characteristic odor). A bit later in the memories comes the stinging sensation in my eyes as the sunscreen on my forehead started to melt into my sweat – I’m so glad sunscreens have improved since then!
SCAPE sunscreen markets itself as a sweat-proof sunscreen designed for athletes to last through sweaty workout or triathlon – without sweating off or running into your eyes. I tried out three of SCAPE’s product – the SPF 30 sunblock, the SPF 50+ face stick, and the SPF 50+ lip balm. I tested out the products on my morning runs during this oppressive heat wave that’s settled on the mid-Atlantic region – true to the claims, I didn’t have any problems with the sunscreen running into my eyes and stinging.
However, both the sunblock and the face stick feel a little greasy – not as bad as those sunscreens of my childhood, but greasier than some of its “non-greasy” competitors. The face stick and lip balm both have a slight citrus scent, while the face stick aroma also has an undertone that reminds me of shaving cream, making it somewhat masculine, but not musky.
All of SCAPE’s sunscreens use a combo of organic/chemical UV blockers: avobenzone, homosalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone (the face stick and lip balm also contains octisalate, and the lip balm contains octinoxate but no homosalate). This suite of ingredients gives long-lasting broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. There is some evidence that oxybenzone may be a hormone disrupter; if you are concerned, the recommendation is to avoid using sunscreens with oxybenzone on children. Oxybenzone appears in a lot of sunscreens because it stabilizes the main (and safer) UV-blocker in those sunscreens, avobenzone.
Another interesting tidbit from the ingredients list: There are a lot of polymers and acrylates on the ingredients list for SCAPE sunblock lotion. Why is this important? These types of molecules will help form a film that will keep the active UV-blocking ingredients in place throughout a sweaty workout. When I was really sweating (it was 91 degrees at 8:00 AM!), this film turned slightly opaque white, which is a little unsightly. However, the fact that the sunscreen stays on even when wet is a big plus for long outdoor workouts or when swimming. The SCAPE face stick sunscreen will also stick to wet or sweaty skin, so it’s great for reapplying sunscreen. And it’s an awesome purse and travel size!
SCAPE sunscreen products are available at specialty athletic shops – you can find a list of online and brick-and-mortar dealers on the SCAPE Labs website.