I’m always happy to do a sunscreen review when it involves COOLA, and this one is especially interesting because the COOLA Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops with SPF 30 is meant to also provide HEV light protection and protect against blue light skin damage.
Wait…what? Blue light skin damage is a thing?
(Quick note: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this product myself during Sephora’s sale in April. However, it does have affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.)
Yep. HEV light, or blue light, is the light from all those electronic devices we use. Personally, I have two screens on my desk (my laptop and an extra monitor so I can really spread out my billion open tabs or, you know, watch Riverdale while I work…ahem), plus my cell phone. When I ran across the new offering from COOLA, I had just started wondering what kind of an effect those screens were having on my skin. I already had computer glasses to protect my eyes.
Basic Information at a Glance
- Offers sun protection of SPF 30, which I find to be about right for everyday wear, even with my fair skin. I used to aim for 50+ but I feel like it’s a little excessive now.
- Has a watery texture, which makes it easy to mix with or layer with other products.
- Costs $46.00 for a 1 oz. bottle (but a little goes a long way, in my experience).
- Is good for all skin types, even sensitive (which I have).
- Is organic.
- Protects against the sun, digital overexposure, and environmental toxins to help prevent premature aging of the skin.
- Does not contain oxybenzone, which the EWG’s 2018 report deems the “most worrisome.”
- Does contain avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, and octocrylene. (Those are less of a concern than oxybenzone, but still chemical sunscreen components, not mineral. Because I’ve had adverse reactions to so many other sunscreens, including mineral, I feel okay about using these ingredients as of right now.)
- Is GMO-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and can make it through the airport lines in your carry-on bag if you’re traveling this summer.
- Contains soothing ingredients for the skin, like aloe, chamomile extract, and jojoba oil.
How to Use It
You should apply it every day, to clean skin (I use it as my first layer after washing my face).
You can, however, mix it with your other moisturizer or makeup if you don’t want to do it as a separate layer. I will occasionally mix it with my moisturizer but I’m nervous that doing so will dilute the protection properties. I’d rather have a whole layer of sunscreen than a mix of sunscreen and moisturizer spread across my skin, make sense? Maybe I’m overthinking it.
It doesn’t take a lot. Seriously, I use like two or three drops. I drip those into my hand, dot it onto my face and neck, and blend upward like the directions say to do. I use what’s left on my hands (sometimes adding more) to protect my chest.
How Does It Feel and Perform?
Let’s take a more in-depth look at it:
First, I want to talk about the packaging, which I don’t love. It’s a huge dropper. You twist off the top, squeeze the button on the lid, and release it with the wand in the bottle to pull product up, then press the button again to release product into your hand.
I can’t really come up with a better design or method, but I feel like this particular bottle is kind of clunky to use. The frosted purple glass bottle itself is heavy but beautiful.
It’s white and watery-thin. I was kind of surprised it didn’t feel more like a serum. It mixes well with my moisturizer. I’ve even mixed it with moisturizer and a foundation and everything still applied nicely. As I mentioned earlier, though, I prefer to put it on as its own layer. It’s so lightweight, it’s like nothing’s there anyway, even in summer.
There’s a sunscreen-like smell, but it isn’t strong at all. I barely notice it now. Its presence mostly just reminds me not to get it too close to my eyes because it would probably sting.
Sensitive Skin and Rosacea
I was nervous about this because a lot of sunscreens turn me red and make my skin burn. I had none of that with this product.
How Long Will It Last?
I think this bottle will last me at least six months, possibly more than that. So though I don’t like paying almost $50.00 for it, it’s not as bad as it sounds.
Effectiveness Against the Sun and Blue Light Skin Damage
Obviously, I can’t comment on the long-term effects on the whole aging process, or even say how much aging is just me, well, getting older, versus what was caused by sun or laptop exposure. However, I have put this on my face and gone outside for several hours (when I didn’t expect to be out that long) without getting a sunburn.
The rest of my body was a totally different story (ouch). So I can vouch for its sunscreen capabilities and I love that, though it’s another layer of skincare, I don’t feel it. It’s not like slathering on a sunscreen and feeling oily and slick, especially on hot, humid days. It’s like nothing is there.
I feel comfortable with its ability to protect me from blue light skin damage, too, based on that. Because there are so few products on the market that make the same claim–at least that I know of–I have no intentions of switching. Even if there was a lot of competition for it, I probably still wouldn’t give another similar product a glance unless the reviews were excellent the price significantly lower. I’m happy with this one.
COOLA Sunscreen Review and My Verdict
I’ve been a huge fan of COOLA sunscreens for a long time, but I only recently sucked it up and started using it every time I’d be outside for a while (the price put me off). The Fresh Mango classic sunscreen and Pina Colada spray sunscreen are incredible. I haven’t figured out why, but most sunscreens make me feel sick after wearing them for a couple of hours. COOLA’s do not. I can do something outside early in the day and come back home to be productive.
COOLA Full Spectrum 360 Sun Silk Drops with SPF 30 is a wonderful addition to the line and I’m happy to use it as part of my daily skincare routine. I don’t apply sunscreen everywhere every single day because I don’t spend a ton of time outdoors, but I do always try to make sure my face, neck, and chest are protected. Even better that this is also fighting against potential blue light skin damage, which honestly freaks me out a little.