Because if you’re going to be reapplying all day, might as well make the process relatively painless.
It's 2021, so I don't need to remind you that it's absolutely imperative to use SPF every single day, 365 days per year, rain or shine, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Just wear it. However, I do understand why you don't: wearing sun cream has become a chore.
The annoying thing about SPF is that it requires around-the-clock reapplication to do its job. Dermatologists agree that after two hours, the white cream you spent ten minutes slathering on every inch of your body has quit, leaving your skin vulnerable to UV rays that cause wrinkles, brown spots, or worse, skin cancer.
Enter SPF sprays.
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Sprays act as an invisible protective shield over your skin for a necessary dose of sun protection. Even when inside, you want to be sure to apply and reapply SPF throughout the day—especially if you sit near a window while working from home. Thankfully, a plethora of innovative SPF sprays are solving this conundrum, with some even doubling as setting sprays. From ultra-lightweight formulas with an invisible finish to oil-free, mattifying setting sprays—these are what we like to call sun cream made easy.
So as a necessary public service, we've rounded up 6 SPF sprays for both your body and face to ensure that your skin is well taken care of with warmer months to come.
shop the best spray-on spfs:
Catering specifically for blemish-prone and oily skin types, this non-greasy formula offers exceptionally high, broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Fortified with thermal spring water, this ultra-moisturising, water-resistant sunscreen mist absorbs quickly to shield from sun exposure, whilst promoting a smooth, supple complexion with minimised shine and no white marks. Plus, it can be worn alone or works great spritz over makeup.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Protection Invisible SPF50+ Face Mist, €16.45, BUY IT HERE.
No stickiness, no residue, and great coverage—just a few of the things that make this spray sunscream perfect for your body and face (get you a sunscream that can do both). Although, it's worth pointing out that you shouldn't spray it directly onto your face. Simply spritz it into your hands first and then rub it on.
Shiseido Sun Protection Spray SPF15, €30, BUY IT HERE.
If you're looking for a multi-use product, this double-duty formula acts as an SPF and a matte-finishing makeup spray. That's right—this spray will keep your makeup in place, add a soft blurred finish as well as protecting you against UV rays.
Kate Sommerville UncompliKated SPF 50, €37, BUY IT HERE.
This refreshing SPF is packed with aloe and chamomile to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. If you're dealing with inflamed rough patches or severe dryness, reach for this calming sun mist. Plus, it can be worn alone or works great spritz over makeup.
PIXI Sun Mist, €23.50, BUY IT HERE.
This ultra-lightweight formula is perfect for every skin tone with its invisible finish that doesn't leave an ashy residue behind. The texture and scent resemble a fancy moisturising lotion or a fluid-like milk, rather than the chalky, weird-smelling sun creams you're used to.
Calling all clean beauty lovers! Not only is this spray-on suncream cruelty-free, but it's also vegan and reef-friendly - all while giving you non-sticky UVA/UVB protection. Oh, and it also contains vitamin E for additional skin-protecting benefits.
Sun Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray, €23.49, BUY IT HERE.
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