The Best Spray Sunscreens

Sunscreen should be an essential part of your everyday skincare routine. It protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and without it, you are at greater risk for premature aging, dry skin, scarring, and, of course, skin cancer.

One reason many people skip out on sunscreen most days is because of its inconvenience. SPF can be hard to blend. It can drag or be greasy. It can smell funky or make you break out.

But there are alternatives in the form of spray sunscreens. They require little to no blending, most aren’t slimy, and they come at all price points. Here are some of our favorites.

EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 ($34.50, shop here)

Dermatologists love this oil-free spray sunscreen. It is mineral-based, which is better for your skin (and the ocean). It is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and is suitable for use on the body and face. Note: To apply to your face, spray onto your palms first and then rub it onto the skin. Another plus: It goes on white so you can see where you’re spraying, but it dries clear, so you won’t end up looking like Casper.

Supergoop PLAY Antioxidant Body Mist SPF 50 With Vitamin C ($21, shop here)

This sunscreen brand isn’t just for those who want sun protection; it’s also for those who want an instant glow. The formula is designed to brighten the skin while leaving you feeling hydrated and protected. It is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes, as well as chemical-free. Its spray feels like a light, refreshing mist rather than a thick gloppy mess.

Banana Boat Light as Air Reef Friendly Sunscreen Spray, Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($13.99, shop here)

Banana Boat isn’t the sexiest when it comes to ingredients or packaging, but it sure works. It is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Sun Bum Mineral Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 ($17.99, shop here)

All of Sun Bum’s products have a wonderful coconut-like scent that makes you feel like you’re on a tropical paradise vacation. Now, that shouldn’t be the deciding factor in choosing an SPF, but it doesn’t hurt. This product is hypoallergenic and oil-free and is enhanced with moisturizing vitamin E.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SFP 45 ($11.99, shop here)

This dermatologist-recommended sunscreen from Neutrogena features a unique dry-touch technology that gives it an ultra-light, invisible finish that’s fast-absorbing and doesn’t require any rubbing.

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