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The Best Spray Sunscreens That Won't Dry Out Your Skin

The Best Sun Protection Sprays

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When choosing the best sunscreen—whether it's a lotion or a spray—there are three commandments that should be followed, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Look for a formula that's water-resistant, offers broad-spectrum protection, and has an SPF of at least 30. But there are a few additional factors to keep in mind if you're trying to find the best spray sunscreen. First off, most sprays contain alcohol which is a common skin irritant, according to dermatologist Deanne Robinson, M.D., of Modern Dermatology of Connecticut, so it pays to read ingredient lists. And bonus points if you can find a spray that comes in a non-aerosol bottle. "I'm not a fan of aerosol sunscreens because it takes several layers to get the level of protection achieved with a lotion," says Dr. Robinson. "That said, there are non-aerosol pump sprays that offer the convenience of a spray with better protection and less chemical exposure."

Admittedly that's a lot to keep in mind. If you don't know where to start, keep scrolling for the best sunblock sprays on the market.

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Supergoop! 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist with Marigold Extract Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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This mist from Supergoop! has a lot going for it. It offers 100 percent mineral-based protection in the form of zinc oxide, comes in a non-aerosol can, and contains marigold and chamomile extracts, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

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Banana Boat Kids Alcohol-Free Tear-Free Sting-Free Clear Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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If you're looking to stock up for the summer with an affordable option, go with Banana Boat's clear spray, which is gentle enough for kids (so you can rest assured it won't burn or irritate skin).

Related: The Best Sunscreens Money Can Buy, According to Dermatologists

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Sunscreen Spray Lotion SPF 60

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La Roche Posay is known for its standout sunscreens, and the company's sprays are no exception. Unlike the majority of spray sunblocks, this one is actually designed to be used on your face and your body.

Buy It, $36

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Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body

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Another option meant for face and body, this sunscreen contains rose apple leaf extract, which may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Plus it comes in a beautiful bottle which is actually so rare in an SPF mist.

Buy It, $36

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Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+

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You'll actually look forward to reapplying this sunscreen milk. It contains aloe vera, so it'll soothe and moisturize your skin while protecting it from UV rays.

Related: These Natural Sunscreen Options Will Make You Forget About Chemical Sunblocks

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Elta MD UV Spray Broad-Spectrum 46

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You won't have to worry about getting a wimpy mist from this spray bottle-esque nozzle. It goes on white, so it's perfect for people who tend to miss spots when using clear sunscreen sprays.

Buy It, $32

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Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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Whereas most spray sunscreens offer nothing more than sun protection, this sunscreen oil mist contains ingredients like coconut oil which hydrates and grapeseed oil which fights inflammation.

Related: Does Sunscreen Really Absorb Into Your Bloodstream?

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Ulta Sun Care Sun Protection Mist SPF 50

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Ulta's house sunscreen spray has vitamin E and green tea for extra hydration and softness. Even better, it gives broad-spectrum, SPF 50 protection and is water resistant.

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