The real tea on skincare routines? If you’re not applying sunscreen every single morning, all those retinol face creams and anti-wrinkle creams you spend hundreds of dollars on are kiiiind of irrelevant. I’m serious! Wearing an SPF (of at least 30) helps prevent short-term and long-term skin damage like dark spots, fine lines, melasma, premature aging, and skin cancer. Sooo, yeah, it’s safe to say applying SPF every morning is a must. And because we know how freaking busy you are, we want to make it as easy and convenient as possible, that’s why we rounded up this list of the 17 best spray sunscreens for your face and body, and consulted a few dermatologists—Mona Gohara, MD, Ellen Marmur, MD, and Annie Chiu, MD—to give you the facts.
Unlike sunscreen lotions, creams, and gels that can take (what feels like) forever to rub all over your body, spray sunscreens can be applied in legit seconds. These days, there are tons of fast-absorbing options specifically designed for every skin type and concern—from spray sunscreen for oily skin to spray sunscreens for sensitive skin, and even SPF makeup setting sprays—we’ve got somethin’ for you. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:
Our top picks for the best spray sunscreens of 2022
Intrigued? Cool. Here’s the comprehensive list of spray sunscreens that are convenient, easy to use, and good for your skin. Happy shopping. XOXO, #TeamSpray.
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Best Fragrance-Free Spray Sunscreen
Alba Botanica Spray Sunscreen Sensitive SPF 50
Beauty products for sensitive skin are kind of like a minefield—you never know what’s going to set your skin off. This spray sunscreen is a pretty safe bet, though. It’s formulated with botanical ingredients, like chamomile and aloe.
THE REVIEW: “I have tried every spray-on sunscreen brand out there, however, I have very sensitive skin and would develop a minor rash,” writes one tester, adding, “Alba Botanica protects against sun damage, is easy to use, and does not cause any rashes.”
Best Spray Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30
If your skin is hella reactive, this spray sunscreen is basically made for you. There’s no oxybenzone (or gluten, soy, dairy, or nuts) in this super-gentle formula, so it protects against those UVA/UVB rays without irritating your skin or causing irritation.
THE REVIEW: “I’ve never liked using sunscreens under makeup or applying it just to go out for a walk, but this is light enough that the skin can still breathe and I forget I am wearing it almost immediately,” reads one tester’s review.
Best Anti-Aging Spray Sunscreen
Supergoop! Play Antioxidant Mist SPF 50 with Vitamin C
Obviously, sunscreen is the number one anti-aging product, but this spray sunscreen also has other MVP ingredients that help the cause. It’s filled with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps fight free radical damage that can speed up the aging process.
THE REVIEWS: “Best ever! This is the easiest SPF application, and I only use this on my face,” writes one tester. “It keeps skin moisturized and glowing all day,” writes another.
Best Reef-Safe Spray Sunscreen
Sun Bum Sunscreen Spray SPF 50
You can go ahead and spritz on this spray sunscreen without worrying your conscience. Not only is it a cruelty-free product, but it’s also vegan and a reef-safe sunscreen, all while giving you non-sticky UVA/UVB protection. A true winner.
THE REVIEWS: “I just spent a week at the beach and didn’t burn a drop—other sunscreens be damned!” writes one reviewer.
Best Dewy Sunscreen Mist
Pixi Beauty Sun Mist SPF 30
For those who loooove a dewy face (🙋🙋🙋), the Pixi Beauty Sun Mist def needs to be your next SPF spray. The coveted mist contains chamomile, bamboo, and aloe leaf extracts that calm, condition, and soothe your skin. Apply in the a.m. and use as often as you wish throughout the day (at least every two hours). Insider tip: I use it to refresh my makeup, and it gives me the prettiest glow.
THE REVIEW: “It’s so difficult to find a quality sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white/purple cast, isn’t greasy, and doesn’t break the bank,” reads one customer’s review.
Best Sunscreen Mist for Oily Skin
Pacifica Set & C Protect Matte Sheer Setting Mist SPF 45
IMO, the best thing about this sunscreen is that it won’t leave you feeling greasy. The formula has a lightweight matte finish, and it’s also packed with moisturizing ingredients—so it’ll keep your face oil-free without feeling tight or dry.
THE REVIEW: “This mist controls oiliness and has SPF 45; it doesn’t mess up my makeup and it gives me a matte finish,” writes one tester.
Best Vegan Sunscreen Mist
Ultra Sun Face UV Protection Mist SPF 50
This transparent, quick-drying face mist is great for under and over makeup, making it the perfect staple for your skincare routine. Not only does it offer SPF 50 protection, but it also protects against blue light (!!) The formulation is vegan, halal, and cruelty-free.
MY REVIEW: I love this versatile spray because it has hydrating ingredients and works well under or over makeup—basically it’s your daily dose of sunscreen, moisture, and primer all in one.
Best Clean Spray Sunscreen Mist
Habit Skin N°41 Mister SPF 41
The most luxurious sunscreen spray (without the added $$$) on this list happens to be the Habit Skin N°41 Mister. Not only is it clean (FYI: We’ve got a comprehensive guide to everything you should know about clean and natural beauty), but the rose geranium, lavender, and rosemary oils create the yummiest scent that feels luxe. Mist all over your face and neck in the a.m. and reapply throughout the day. Plus, the size of the product is perfect for your purse, giving you no excuse not to apply it daily and often.
THE REVIEW: “I use this sunscreen every day and I like how it leaves a shine on my face without making me look oily,” one reviewer writes.
Best Sunscreen for Dry Skin
Supergoop! Glow Oil SPF 50 PA++++
We’re obsessed with the packaging (obviously), but the ultra-hydrating sunscreen inside is even better. Ideal for normal to dry skin types, this spray-on formula features nourishing grapeseed oil and soothing marigold extract so you’ll get a healthy-looking glow in addition to SPF 50 protection.
THE REVIEW: “I’ve been looking for a sunscreen that wouldn’t leave a film on my skin—this one is easy to rub in, makes my skin soft, and really gives such a nice natural glow,” writes one reviewer.
Best Sheer Finish Spray Sunscreen
COOLA Fragrance-Free Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
You know that greasy, slimy feeling that a lot of sunscreens leave behind? With this spray sunscreen, you actually don’t have to worry about that. The lightweight formula dries down to a sheer, matte-ish finish, which means you won’t feel sticky and gross right after you apply. But don’t worry—it’s not drying. The blend of oils (buriti oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and raspberry seed oil) will keep you moisturized.
THE REVIEW: “Finally a convenient natural sunscreen spray!” writes one tester, adding, “it’s easy to use and not full of chemicals.”
Best Face & Body Sunscreen Mist
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
No stickiness, no residue, and great coverage—just a few of the things that make this spray face sunscreen also perfect for your body (get you a sunscreen that can do both, amiright?).
THE REVIEWS: “So easy to use and light,” reads one tester’s review. “It makes me actually reapply sunscreen, which is huge—truly a luxe experience,” writes another.
Best Drugstore Spray Sunscreen
Bare Republic Coco Mango Mineral Spray SPF 30
My family literally stocks up on this drugstore sunscreen every summer. It’s not super pricey and the product is distributed v evenly, so you don’t have to worry about missing any patches of skin when you spritz.
THE REVIEWS: “This is my favorite clean sunscreen for the body because it is thin and easy to rub in,” writes one reviewer. “It has a slightly white hue when rubbed in, but it isn’t that noticeable,” writes another.
Best Makeup-Setting Spray Sunscreen
Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF Makeup Setting Spray
The name says it all! This makeup setting spray is a no-fuss, fine mist that’ll protect your face from harmful UV rays while simultaneously helping to reduce shine and softening the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
THE REVIEWS: “No kidding this takes me back to the relaxing and comforting smell of the ocean—I love it,” writes one tester. “I’ve tried everything else on the market, and this is by far the best!” writes another.
Best Air-Powered Spray Sunscreen
Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30
This air-powered (no aerosol!) mist is gentle on the skin and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It goes on white so you’ll never miss a spot, and dries down quickly without leaving an oily residue.
THE REVIEWS: “This has a chemical-free, mineral base and it works great; it’s such a great product and stays on,” one tester writes.
Best Lightweight Spray Sunscreen
EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45
In case you haven’t picked up on this by now, I hate the feeling of wearing sunscreen. I’m always looking for lightweight options, and this spray SPF actually lives up to its claims. After you spritz and rub it in, you’ll forget you have it on (until it’s time to reapply).
THE REVIEW: “Spent time on the beach and this was convenient spray-on sunscreen, it doesn’t leave the shiny finish typical with cheaper sunscreens,” writes one reviewer.
Best Water-Resistant Spray Sunscreen
MMSkincare Sasha Suncare Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30+
Are you an outdoorsy, active kind of person? Like to jump in the pool? Worried that the water and/or sweat will wash your SPF protection away? Welllll, folks, not with this bb. The MMSkincare mineral spray sunscreen is water-resistant and won’t budge. Plus, the vitamin E and green tea extract will keep that skin of yours hydrated AF.
MY REVIEW: It’s water, sweat-resistant, and literally designed for “playing tennis, swimming, and surfing.” So yeah, safe to say this sunscreen keeps up with my active lifestyle!”
Best Quick-Drying Sunscreen Spray
MDSolarSciences Quick Dry Body Spray SPF 40
If you’re someone who is a liiitle impatient (cough, cough me), this quick-dry spray sunscreen will have you ready to take on the heat ASAP. The best part? It won’t sting your sensitive skin, and it’s lightweight, so you won’t feel greasy!
THE REVIEWS: “This stuff is absolutely worth it if you’re like me and hate the greasy slimy feel of other sunscreens and don’t want to continually re-apply,” one tester writes.
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