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Keep Burns at Bay With These Spray-on Sunscreens

Bestproducts.com Logo By Jennifer Hussein of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 11: As we all know, sunscreen is a daily, year-round necessity. But many of us are more prone to burns as the weather gets warmer and the shorts get shorter, which is why a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 is especially important to apply — and reapply — once summertime rolls around.But we get that sunscreens come with a few of their own issues: sticky or tacky finishes, white cast, and oily residue are just a few of the many. That's why we're opting for a lightweight, easy-absorbing spray sunscreen to keep our delicate skin guarded from UV rays. These spray-on alternatives make application a breeze, and they help you reach all of the hidden nooks and crannies that you might usually miss.The Best Spray SunscreensBest Overall: COOLA Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray SPF 70 Best Clean Formula: Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Spray SPF 70 Best Value: Sun Bum Sunscreen Spray SPF 30Lightweight Feel: Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 50Fan Favorite: EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45Best for Active Lifestyles: Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 30Best for Sensitive Skin: Alba Botanica Sensitive Spray Sunscreen SPF 50Best for Oily Skin: Hawaiian Tropic Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen SPF 30Best Luxury: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+Best With Makeup: Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting SprayWhat to ConsiderSPFNot all SPFs are work equally: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective sunscreens have a broad-spectrum (as in, covers both UVA + UVB rays) SPF rating of at least 30 to keep your skin guarded during the day. The AAD also notes that you should look for water- and sweat-resistant formulas to ensure that your sun protection doesn't wash or sweat away after applying it.Since we're on the topic of SPF, reapplication is also essential to keeping your skin protected from harmful sun rays. In order to protect your delicate skin, the AAD suggests reapplying your sunscreen every 2 hours to all exposed areas of skin. Skin TypeJust like the skin on your face, keeping your skin type in mind for your entire body is crucial for avoiding skin concerns like acne or greasiness. If your skin is sensitive and acne-prone, make sure you look for non-comedogenic formulas (also known as formulas that won't cause blocked pores) that are free of irritants like synthetic fragrances. Drier skin types should opt for hydrating formulas with ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Oily skin types, on the other hand, should pick a mattifying formula with oil-balancing ingredients like vitamin C. Avoid BenzeneDuring the summer of 2021, a handful of spray sunscreens from Neutrogena and Aveeno were recalled due to their formulas being contaminated with benzene. According to the National Cancer Institute, exposure to this dangerous chemical can increase the risk of leukemia and other blood disorders, so of course, this contamination was a cause for concern. With all of this being said, remember that this was a case of contamination, and neither of the brands deliberately added benzene in their products. Benzene is not an ingredient used in sunscreens of any kind, and none of the sunscreens on this list were included in the recent recall.Now that you have the low-down on spray sunscreens, check out some of the best formulas below for foolproof head-to-toe SPF coverage.Looking for more sunscreen? Check out our guides on mineral sunscreen, powder sunscreen, tinted sunscreen, and face sunscreens.

As we all know, sunscreen is a daily, year-round necessity. But many of us are more prone to burns as the weather gets warmer and the shorts get shorter, which is why a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 is especially important to apply — and reapply — once summertime rolls around.

But we get that sunscreens come with a few of their own issues: sticky or tacky finishes, white cast, and oily residue are just a few of the many. That's why we're opting for a lightweight, easy-absorbing spray sunscreen to keep our delicate skin guarded from UV rays. These spray-on alternatives make application a breeze, and they help you reach all of the hidden nooks and crannies that you might usually miss.

The Best Spray Sunscreens

What to Consider

SPF

Not all SPFs are work equally: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective sunscreens have a broad-spectrum (as in, covers both UVA + UVB rays) SPF rating of at least 30 to keep your skin guarded during the day. The AAD also notes that you should look for water- and sweat-resistant formulas to ensure that your sun protection doesn't wash or sweat away after applying it.

Since we're on the topic of SPF, reapplication is also essential to keeping your skin protected from harmful sun rays. In order to protect your delicate skin, the AAD suggests reapplying your sunscreen every 2 hours to all exposed areas of skin.

Skin Type

Just like the skin on your face, keeping your skin type in mind for your entire body is crucial for avoiding skin concerns like acne or greasiness. If your skin is sensitive and acne-prone, make sure you look for non-comedogenic formulas (also known as formulas that won't cause blocked pores) that are free of irritants like synthetic fragrances. Drier skin types should opt for hydrating formulas with ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Oily skin types, on the other hand, should pick a mattifying formula with oil-balancing ingredients like vitamin C.

Avoid Benzene

During the summer of 2021, a handful of spray sunscreens from Neutrogena and Aveeno were recalled due to their formulas being contaminated with benzene. According to the National Cancer Institute, exposure to this dangerous chemical can increase the risk of leukemia and other blood disorders, so of course, this contamination was a cause for concern. With all of this being said, remember that this was a case of contamination, and neither of the brands deliberately added benzene in their products. Benzene is not an ingredient used in sunscreens of any kind, and none of the sunscreens on this list were included in the recent recall.

Now that you have the low-down on spray sunscreens, check out some of the best formulas below for foolproof head-to-toe SPF coverage.

Looking for more sunscreen? Check out our guides on mineral sunscreen, powder sunscreen, tinted sunscreen, and face sunscreens.

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