SCAPE Athlete Sweat-Proof Suncreens

by Kate on June 29, 2010

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 labs logoSCAPE 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. SCAPE labs athlete sunblock I tested out the products on my morning runs during this oppressive heat wave that’s settled on the SCAPE labs athlete lip balmmid-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 SCAPE labs face stickacrylates 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.

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Derek June 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I also liked this sunscreen, mostly due to the fact that it didn’t feel like I had any on when I was running. I agree that it is a bit greasy when you first apply it (and it *really* wants to come out of the tube!) but you stop noticing it as soon as you start to sweat. The stick acts like a squeegee if you’re already sweating, so you can definitely apply or reapply it whenever you want. The only thing I didn’t like about these sunscreens was the fact that I was apprehensive about wiping my face off; they’re waterproof but not towelproof. I ended up dabbing by face with my shirt rather than simply wiping it, and that seemed to leave most of the sunscreen on my skin. That would be true regardless of which kind of sunscreen you wear, of course, but be aware of it if you currently exercise without sunscreen and decide to start using some.

Randy July 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

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trifitmom July 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm

i have the lip balm and it is by far the best i have used for exercising. it has NO bad taste and stays on but doesn’t give you any congulations in the corner of mouth.

Charisa July 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm

You can get 10% off if you purchase SCAPE at Trisports.com and use code CWERN-S at checkout :)

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