Sephora Glossy: Supergoop!’s Holly Thaggard and Maria Sharapova
The tennis star and CEO talk suncare, skincare, and their new partnership.
International tennis star Maria Sharapova and Supergoop! CEO and founder Holly Thaggard have a few things in common. They share the same flaxen hair, an obsession with sun protection—and now, ownership of Supergoop!, the prestige skincare line Thaggard dedicated completely to sun safety. Below, the two powerhouses discuss suncare, their own skincare routines, and the first time someone yelled at them to put on sunscreen. MELISSA LANE
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Do you remember the first time you were told to use sun protection?
HOLLY THAGGARD: Sunscreen was definitely not viewed as a necessity when I was growing up. I was born in the seventies, when sunscreen labeling was first introduced. People didn’t quite yet understand the permanent damage that could come from the sun. In fact, a base tan was considered healthy! Because I was blonde and had fair skin, I suffered through many sunburns as a child. I was on a beach trip, probably in seventh or eighth grade, when a parent suggested I apply sunscreen.
MS: Did you listen?
HT: Yes, I listened and it was a good experience not being sunburned! But, it wasn’t until my late 20s when a close friend of mine was diagnosed with melanoma that I really took this practice to heart. In fact, that friend was the inspiration for this company.
MS: At a very young age, my mom told me, “Your skin won’t be young and smooth forever.” She stressed the importance of sunscreen, especially as a tennis player.
HT: And did you listen?
MS: I did! I’ve spent the majority of my days outside in the sun since I was young. I’ve seen firsthand the negative effects a life in the sun can do, and so it’s made me that much more diligent with my sun protection efforts. What does your daily routine look like?
HT: When I’m not in testing mode, I first reach for our Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil SPF 50 and drench my entire body with it right out of the shower. I then apply our City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 to my face, neck, and décolleté, followed by our Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37—360 degrees round of my eyes, which I also sometimes dab around the lip area. Next I use beautyblender® to even out my skintone with our CC Cream Light-Medium SPF 35. What do you use?
MS: If I am playing or training I start each day with Everyday Sunscreen with CRT SPF 50, and reapply every few hours. On days that I’m not playing and don’t need the water resistance, City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 is my go-to as a morning moisturizer. When I’m traveling, I love to keep the Sun-Defying Oil SPF 50. Can I ask what inspired it? It has a really uplifting pomegranate, citrus fragrance.
HT: I was really encouraged by the team at Sephora to bring this product to market. I’ve always loved how bath oils feel on the skin—how luxurious and hydrating they are and how they make your skin glow. So, I felt if we could layer in a foundation of broad-spectrum SPF, we could get the benefits of my favorite beauty oils and also prevent UV-induced photoaging.
MS: It’s probably my favorite at the moment. The lightweight feel, nourishment, and sheen it provides make it a pleasure to apply, rather than feeling like I’m completing a chore of putting sunscreen on.
HT: Pop quiz: In five words or less, why is daily sun protection so important?
MS: Healthy, protected, beautiful, youthful skin. Your turn!
HT: Respect the sun and enjoy staying young. Wait, is that more than five?