The Best Spray Sunscreens That Won't Dry Out Your Skin
The Best Sun Protection Sprays
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.
Supergoop! 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist with Marigold Extract Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Banana Boat Kids Alcohol-Free Tear-Free Sting-Free Clear Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
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).
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Sunscreen Spray Lotion SPF 60
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.
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body
Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+
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.
Elta MD UV Spray Broad-Spectrum 46
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.
Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Ulta Sun Care Sun Protection Mist SPF 50
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