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Your FAQs About CC Screen

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CC Screen SPF 50 is our latest addition to the Supergoop! fam. It’s a revamp of our cult favorite CC Cream SPF 35 with a totally new formula and 15 flexible shades. And you probably have lots of questions about it! Below, we answer your frequently asked questions about CC Screen.

First off, what is CC Screen?

We like to call CC Screen SPF 50 a complete care cream because it works as a skincare-meets-makeup-meets-sunscreen product, so it nourishes skin and protects it from UV rays, all while offering light to medium coverage.

It’s not really a foundation or a tinted moisturizer because it has a much lighter coverage than both of those and offers more skincare benefits to help treat skin as it protects. Also, foundations and tinted moisturizers with SPF tend to have a low SPF number (i.e. SPF 15 or 20), while CC Screen provides super high protection with SPF 50.

Interesting. Let’s talk about the formula. Is this a chemical or mineral SPF?

CC Screen SPF 50 is 100% mineral. Non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide make up the broad spectrum SPF 50 protection.

We decided to make CC Screen mineral because 100% mineral formulas work better on a broader range of skin types and allows us to bring it to an even wider range of skin tones.

What else is so special about the formula?

CC Screen is super clean and full of nourishing ingredients. It contains apple extract to help skin appear instantly luminous and Irish moss extract to help protect against free radical damage.

Speaking of clean, we were super thoughtful about each and every ingredient in CC Screen so that a wide variety of skin types could use it. It doesn’t contain any alcohol, oil or PEGS. It also doesn’t contain cyclic silicones, like D4 or D5.

A little note on silicones and silicon: CC Screen does not have silicones, but it does contain silicon, which is a naturally occurring chemical element rarely found in its pure form. It is most commonly referred to as silica (silicon dioxide). Its main benefit is that it helps absorb moisture and acts as an opacifying agent. Silicon has other benefits when taken as a supplement, like helping to rebuild collagen and helping the skin retain water.

Cool! So what skin types is CC Screen best for?

Honestly, CC Screen is great for all skin types. Because it’s so clean and non-comedogenic, the most sensitive of skin can wear it and oily or acne-prone skin will love it. It works for all skin types, too. If you have dry skin, we recommend applying CC Screen in an SPF wardrobe that includes Superscreen or Glowscreen as your base layer. If you have oily skin, we recommend wearing Mattescreen first. If you have acne-prone skin, try Zincscreen as your base layer before CC Screen.

What’s CC Screen’s texture like?

CC Screen is a lightweight coverage cream and has a creamy texture, so it goes on like a very light foundation or tinted moisturizer. It blends in easily with fingers, a sponge or a brush.

Wait… I really like the old CC Cream. What’s the big difference between that and CC Screen?

We knew it was important to expand upon our beloved CC Cream formula to serve more skin types and tones, so we increased the SPF to an SPF 50 for optimal protection, used cleaner ingredients (no PEGS or cyclic silicones!) and expanded the shade assortment.

Our CC Cream has always been a fan-favorite and this is simply the next evolution on our mission to create sunscreen for all. The new and improved CC Screen formula provides a higher SPF protection, cleaner ingredients and wider shade assortment – not to mention a creamy, lightweight feel with sheer to medium coverage.

If one of the old CC Cream shades worked for me, what is my new CC Screen shade?

Great question! Here are the corresponding CC Screen shades for the old CC Cream shades:

Fair/Light = 105N
Light = 206W
Light/Medium = 230C
Medium = 336W
Medium/Dark = 400C

However, we encourage you to try out our new Shade Finder to find your exact shade match (this takes into account your undertone).

What’s an undertone, why is it important and how do I find mine?

An undertone is what you’re born with; it’s the color from underneath the surface of your skin that affects your overall hue. Undertones tend tend be divided between cool, neutral, warm, and never change, whereas your surface color can change due to factors such as sun exposure, diet and medications.

To find yours, we recommend you reference to your skin’s reaction when exposed to the sun for a period of time. If you find that you burn quickly then tan, you have a cool undertone, if you tan slowly and rarely burn, you have a neutral undertone, and if you tan quickly, you have a warm undertone.

Let’s talk about the shades. Why are there only 15?

We worked with color experts, makeup artists and gathered consumer data to determine the right mix of shades and undertones. Given CC Screen‘s formula (it’s not a foundation but a self-adjusting and flexible cream with natural coverage), we intend to continue to fill in the gaps and offer more options in the near future.

It’s challenging to formulate a clean non-nano, 100% mineral formula with a high SPF 50 and pigment, all while ensuring efficacy, a lightweight texture and a natural finish. We worked for nearly three years to perfect our updated CC Screen formula and ensure we could deliver a creamy, lightweight texture that would blend evenly on the skin across each of these 15 tinted shades.

While there is more work to be done, we’re excited to offer more shade accessibility than ever in a 100% mineral formula for our customers.

We created our Shade Finder to help assist you in color matching, along with our sun specialists, who available to chat with to ensure you find the best match.

Do you plan on adding more shades?

We know we have a way to go to include a full range of inclusive shades, and this is not the end of the journey for CC Screen. We’re working tirelessly to expand the shade range without compromising the formula — if you were not able to find your shade and would like to share your feedback on the shade range with our Product Development team please fill out this feedback form.

What does “flexible shade” and “flexible finish” mean?

Flexible shades are shades that are able to adapt and be worn among multiple skin tones, and a flexible finish means that CC Screen is able flex from natural, glowy and matte, after being prepped with different types of primers underneath to adjust the finish. For a natural finish, we recommend Unseen Sunscreen, for a glowy finish, go for Glowscreen and for a matte finish, prep with Mattescreen.

How much CC Screen should I apply?

You should apply as much CC Screen as you need for the desired coverage you want — that could range from a small dollop to a whole quarter-sized amount. One of the main reasons why we made sure that CC Screen has a high SPF 50 is because most people tend to under-apply foundation and tinted products, so we wanted to make sure you get as much protection as possible.

As always, if you’re using CC Screen as a light coverage product or a concealer, we suggest applying it over a full layer of a base layer of sunscreen, like Superscreen, Unseen Sunscreen or Mattescreen.

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