With the sunnier skies of summertime above us, it’s time to slip into that new bikini you’ve been excited to show off your hard-earned beach body in. Although a waterproof mascara and SPF foundation is all well and good, before you set off under the glare of the sun’s rays, there’s one essential beauty – and health – accoutrement that no one should never be without in the heat of the summer season: sunscreen. And in particular, SPF (sun protection factor) sprays.
For those that recoil at the thought of slathering greasy, mineral sunblock on your perspiring skin, SPF sprays offer an easier and lighter application to protect the skin from sunburn, sunspots and the aftermath of a day of tanning under that big gold ball in the sky. To help, Gafencu has shortlisted some standout sunscreen spray products that may aid in beating the damaging impact of those summer rays.
1. Coola Suncare Classic SPF 30
Chemically based and vegan, this is one of the best overall spray-on sunscreens. Suitable for all skin types, water-resistant and with recyclable packaging, it should be applied 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and then reapplied after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. It’s non greasy and imparts a delicate peach scent.
2. Banana Boat Ultra Sport
Clinically proven with a wide range of broad-spectrum options – with SPF of 15, 30, 50 and 100 – this is the best option for prolonged outdoor activity, such as running and hiking, where profuse sweating is on the cards – especially in Hong Kong’s hot and humid summer months. Ideal for athletes, it doesn’t require reapplication for two hours.
3. Filorga UV-Bronze Nutri-Regenerating Anti-Ageing SPF 50
This is a water-resistant and anti-ageing sun spray for the entire body. It contains an effective anti-oxidant stimulated by the sun’s rays for high UV protection and also combines a collagen booster with hyaluronic acid to boost the skin’s natural elasticity.
4. Clarins Sun Care Body Lotion Spray SPF 50
A good all-rounder, this sunscreen spray is perfect for all types of skin in all conditions and activity. Offers impressive sun protection via a non-greasy liquid texture that spreads easily and envelops skin in a gentle coating. It features a water- and sweat-resistant formula and is enhanced with botanical extracts to keep the skin moist.
5. Soleil Toujours Clean Conscious Antioxidant Sunscreen Mist SPF 50
Hailed as the only 70 percent organic, sunscreen mist formulated without the use of oxybenzone. Its antioxidant-rich formula hydrates the skin – while being non-greasy, fast-drying and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The manufacturer uses sustainable, recycled, and biodegradable materials whenever possible and is committed to replace 95 percent of all petroleum based plastic packaging with bio-plastic (plastic materials made with biodegradable properties).
6. Ampleur VC Sun Protect Spray SPF 50+ / PA++++
This sunscreen spray is infused with no less than three types of vitamin C derivatives to boost anti-oxidation, while maintaining sebum control and melanin control. The manufacturer’s VC sun protect spray is a quick way to cover the body all over before you hit the beach – shielding the wearer against harmful UV rays.
7. Esthederm Sun Bronz Impulse UV inCellium Face & Body Spray
Incorporated with inCellium, an exclusive technology that is believed to boost the skin’s defenses against harmful radiation while still enabling the wearer to enjoy the benefits of sun exposure. It readies the skin for outdoor summer activity by strengthening its natural defenses, while helping to achieve a natural, even tan. It’s antioxidant action protects the skin from photo-ageing and UV damage.
8. Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Body Mist SPF 30
Taking a more playful approach while still affording protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Have outdoor fun with friends while indulging all your favourite al fresco activities, knowing that you are protected with a quick-and-easy application before enjoying sun-blessed entertainment.
9. La Roche Posay – Anthelios Ultra Resistant Invisible Spray SPF 50+
Designed specifically with sensitive skin in mind, this is a lightweight, non-greasy and highly protective sunscreen spray. It uses the maker’s patented filtering system to offer very high, broad, photo-stable UV and infrared protection. It’s also dermatologically tested and fully hypo-allergenic as well.