Like the arrival of Memorial Day, breaking open that brand-new bottle of sunscreen often signals the unofficial start of summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one should slather on the SPF roughly 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, and reapply every two hours after that, or after swimming and sweating.
This, of course, can be done with traditional lotion or cream formulas, but take far less time and effort with a spray-on alternative. Gone are the days of second-guessing the amount per area—the steady stream allows you to deliver an even coat all over, and target specific areas. Just hold the bottle for two seconds over each intended area, and it’s no mess, no stress, no painful sunburn on your chest. Keep reading to shop a few of our favorite spray-on sunscreens.
Like Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, this vitamin C-rich formula moonlights as a superhero, at least for your skin, by using antioxidants to combat villainous free radicals as it protects against harmful UV rays.
Who says you can’t rock a bronzed goddess-esque, JLo glow while also protecting your skin? On contact, this dreamy body oil imparts an addictive scent and a glistening, music video-worthy dimension that would do Jenny herself proud, while draping your appendages in a veil of SPF 30. You’re on your own when it comes to learning her dance moves, though.
In addition to acting as armor against UVA and UVB rays, Sun Bum’s sunscreen is packed with ample amounts of vitamin E, which helps to cancel out damage-causing free radicals before they have time to impact your skin. The brand recommends reapplying every 80 minutes, but we tend to do so slightly more often, thanks to the gorgeous coconut scent.
Ever apply a full face, only to realize you forgot that ever-important initial layer of sunscreen? Girl, same. Seal in your handiwork with Kate Somerville SPF 50-infused setting spray to give your complexion the protection it needs, while the hyaluronic acid and light-diffusing powders respectively work to hydrate and blur over fine lines.
On the hunt for a more organic option? Look no further—Coola’s sport formula, available in scented and unscented iterations, uses natural ingredients like cucumber, strawberry, and red raspberry seed, which almost seem to be pulled from the menu of your local juice bar. We’d advise against drinking the stuff, though, even if it is gluten-free. It’s far more effective when applied onto your skin.
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you — that bottle of flavored Hint water in your fridge has a sunscreen counterpart, and it’s every bit as hydrating as its predecessor. Aside from the water-resistant, non-sticky finish, we love how the summery pineapple formula utilizes the power of compressed air to evenly coat your skin, resulting in a faster drying time.
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