Spray sunscreens certainly make staying sun-safe easier, don't they? Typically less messy, less greasy, and faster to dry, the best spray sunscreens offer a convenient alternative to traditional lotions and creams. Below, you'll find four great options that come highly recommended from Bustle editors and online shoppers alike.
Some pointers first: The key to effective sunscreen-spray application is that you can't just spritz it over your body the same way you would with a fragrance or hydrating mist. In fact, most people use spray-on sunscreens incorrectly, only applying a quarter of the amount that's actually needed for adequate sun protection. Optimally, you'll apply your sunscreen spray for six seconds on each area of your body and then rub it in with your hands (for about 10 seconds) to make sure you don't accidentally miss any spots. For safety reasons, don't spray it directly onto your face (if you're using a sunscreen spray that's deemed safe for facial use, that is). Instead, spray some onto your hands and then carefully apply it to your face, avoiding the areas around your eyes and mouth. If you have kids, that advice remains the same, because kids are too squirmy to stay still. At best, you'll miss too large of an area; at worst, you may inadvertently spray too close to their mouths or noses and they might breathe in the spray, which can be dangerous.
Lastly, be thoughtful about not keeping sunscreen past its effectiveness. If there isn't an expiration date on the bottle, the Mayo Clinic suggests you write the date of purchase on the bottom and toss it after three years.
Now that you're armed with some essential application tips, scroll on to shop five of the best spray-on sunscreens you can buy right now — all for under $15 on Amazon.
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