Spray Sunscreen Application Hacks: Boost Your Protection with These Insider Tips

If you’re an on-the-go person who needs all-day sun coverage without the extra work of applying sunscreen lotion all over, it’s time to give spray sunscreen a try.


Benefits of Spray Sunscreen

Wearing spray sunscreen is ideal for people who find that their go-to sunscreen is sticky, uneven and leaves a white cast (Black Girl Sunscreen will never do that to you, though!). Spray sunscreen is lightweight, quick-absorbing and typically water resistant. If you’re looking for an easier way to apply sunscreen with the same coverage as a sunscreen lotion, then using a spray sunscreen is the way to go.


How to Use Spray Sunscreen

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, the most effective way to spray sunscreen is by holding it closely to the skin and spraying enough product until you see your skin start to glisten. If you’re good at measurements, the ideal amount of sunscreen to thoroughly cover your body is at least one ounce of sunscreen. If you’re still unsure on how much product to use, this guide will break down exactly how much sunscreen to use and how to measure if you have enough sunscreen using different methods.


When using spray sunscreen for your face, neck and/or ears, a good rule of thumb is to spray the sunscreen nozzle in your hands and pat into your skin for the best protection. Application of spray sunscreen in your hands and THEN onto your face is the best way to ensure you do not accidentally spray the sunscreen into your eyes or other sensitive areas.


Choosing a Sunscreen Spray


According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, when it comes to choosing a sunscreen spray, it’s important to look for a full broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects from both UVA and UVB rays) and water-resistant sunscreen that contains a minimum of SPF 30 for outdoor activities and activities that will have you out in the sun for long periods of time.


Your New Daily Sunscreen Spray


If you’re unsure of what sunscreen spray to pick, give the Make It Glow™ SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray a try. Free of harmful parabens, this jojoba and avocado-infused sunscreen has a continuous mist that allows you to evenly apply sunscreen for that healthy and glowy sun coverage. Make It Glow is a fast-absorbing and water-resistant sunscreen spray that leaves you with a dry yet radiant finish. With moisturizing hero ingredients such as avocado oil, aloe vera, shea butter, glycerin and jojoba, your skin will be nourished and protected from the sun throughout the day (make sure to reapply every 60-90 minutes!)


Spray Sunscreen Made for Kids


If you’re looking for a kids sunscreen spray, look no further. BGS’ Kids Spray & Play Spray SPF 50 sunscreen provides UVA and UVB protection without the use of parabens. With its continuous mist, you’re able to quickly apply the product and know your child’s skin is fully protected before they run off to play. The Kids Spray & Play Spray SPF has a dry finish, so you won’t have to worry about stickiness on the skin or white-purple casts. This spray sunscreen contains a gentle yet powerful combo of ingredients, such as chamomile, carrot seed oil and sunflower seed oil that provides hydration, fights inflammation, soothes the skin from sun exposure and promotes healing.


Spray Sunscreen Tips

If you know you’ll be out in the sun all day, here are three key tips on how to effectively apply sunscreen:


  1. Apply the sunscreen until it is visible on the skin. When you see the shimmer and glowy finish on your skin, you know you’re fully covered.
  2. Rub the sunscreen in. It’s important to ensure your sunscreen is thoroughly applied, make sure to distribute the product evenly on the skin.
  3. Reapply regularly. Applying the sunscreen spray 15-30 minutes before you step out into the sun is the first step, but it’s also imperative to reapply sunscreen as well. This guide breaks down how often you should be reapplying sunscreen to stay protected all day long.
  4. Wear protective clothing. The hottest hours of the day are normally 10am – 3pm. It’s recommended that you wear protective clothing and hats, along with staying in the shade to ensure you have the best protection from sunburn damage, combined with your sunscreen choice.


Stay hydrated and stay safe! For more information on skin health and must-have sunscreens, check out Black Girl Sunscreen’s blog.