Scared of reapplying sunscreen because you don’t want to ruin your makeup? That’s not something to worry about with the best face sunscreen sprays, which you can shop here.
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We get it — applying sunscreen on your face is tricky. You should be reapplying every two hours while outdoors per the Skin Cancer Foundation’s suggestion, which doesn’t sound ideal if you already have a full face of makeup on. However, you don’t need to melt off your foundation to protect yourself from the sun: maintain your makeup, as well as the elasticity in your face (which UV rays can damage), with the best face sunscreen sprays. To reiterate, these sunscreens are designed for your FACE, meaning that they’re not as greasy and heavy as body sunscreen sprays!
1. Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Mist — SPF 50
We of course have to start the list with Neutrogena, which is one of the most sought-out brands when it comes to sun protection (since it’s also the No. 1 sun care brands recommended by dermatologists). We love Neutrogena’s Invisible Daily Defense face mist because it has one of the highest SPFs on the list (a sun protection factor of 50), and truly delivers on the “invisible” aspect of its name. Target shoppers reported that the spray didn’t leave a “white cast” that many sunscreens are guilty of, and noted that it wasn’t greasy as well. Neutrogoena also says this sunscreen spray — which is free of oxybenzone, parabens and mineral oil — is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. $15, target.com
2. Sun Bum Face Mist — SPF 45
Here’s another face mist from a leading sun care brand: Sun Bum! This sunscreen face spray also has one of the highest SPF’s on the list, with a rating of 45, and is truly safe for face application. Not only is it non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block your pores — important for our acne-prone readers), but is also dermatologist tested. This is also a great suncare investment since it’s formulated with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that “may be effective at reducing UV damage in skin,” according to Healthline. Like the Neutrogena face mist above, this spray is also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. $15, target.com
3. KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen — SPF 30
Not all face sunscreen sprays have to smell like…well, sunscreen. Here’s an option from KINeSYS that has a refreshing and sweet vanilla-green tea scent, which many Amazon reviewers found “amazing,” “nice” and so forth. Customers were also happy to find that this oil-free and clear spray “glides onto your skin without feeling super oily” and “absorbs well,” as some shoppers wrote. This SPF 30 face sunscreen spray is also free of many harsh/acne-causing ingredients: alcohol, preservatives, PABA, parabens, fluten, oxybenzone, dairy, sulphites and colorants. Instead, also non-comedoogenic, hypoallergenic and vegan! $21, amazon.com
4. COOLA Organic Refreshing Water Mist Face Sunscreen
Did you know that face sunscreen sprays come in the form of setting sprays, too? This setting spray from the brand COOLA has an SPF of 30 that protects both your makeup and face. If you already wear lotion sunscreen underneath under your face and just want an extra barrier of sun protection, this is an ideal — and very refreshing — option with more than 70 percent of the spray being made of certified organic ingredients. Standout ingredients include hyaluronic acid (known to help combat tell-tale signs of aging like rough skin texture) and algae extract (which hydrates the skin while delivering vitamins and minerals), as well as cucumber and aloe vera. This is also a great suncare product for our socially responsible shoppers; it’s vegan, cruelty-free and reef-friendly. $36, amazon.com
5. Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF
Here’s another makeup setting spray that can be used as a face sunscreen spray! This one is from the popular beauty brand Kate Somerville, and has a whopping SPF of 50. It’s formulated with light diffusing silicone powder to blur lines and wrinkles and give a matte finish, hyaluronic acid (which also helps to smooths out the face), and a plant called rhodiola rosea that has anti-stress and anti-oxidant properties. It’s also infused with lavender essential oil, giving it a lovely (but not overpowering) scent as well. $40, amazon.com