One of the catch-22s when it comes to wearing sunscreen: Applying it and then reapplying it throughout the day can feel like a chore. Plus, the wrong formula can turn your deft second-skin makeup application into a cakey, pastey nightmare. If you're like us, you're looking for an SPF that won't disrupt the skincare or makeup products already layered onto your skin and provides a quick refresh. Which is where SPF sprays come into play. Sprays act as an invisible protective shield over your skin for a necessary dose of sun protection. Even when you're chilling inside on sweltering afternoons, you'll want to be sure to apply and reapply SPF throughout the day—especially if you sit near a window while working from home, or like to drive from place to place.
Thankfully, a slew of innovative SPF sprays are solving this conundrum, with many even doubling as setting sprays. Some offer antioxidant defense against invisible pollution, and some even hydrate the skin as it protects it. From ultra-lightweight formulas with an invisible finish, to oil-free, mattifying setting sprays, to cooling mists that'll make you let out one big ahhh—these are what you call sunscreen made easy. We've rounded up the absolute best SPF facial sprays to ensure that your skin is well taken care of with warmer months upon us. Ahead, stock up on one of these protective mists, made for every preference and skin tone.
Sun Bum Face Mist SPF 45
For A Cooling Boost
You know those super-fine water misters that cool you off while you wait on line for a roller coaster? Remember how cooling and light it feels? Same vibes here. This mist is easy to reapply all day long, and it smells like bananas to boot.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist Sunscreen
This Oil-Free Mist
This ultra-lightweight formula is the perfect for every skin tone with its invisible finish that doesn't leave an ashy residue behind. Plus, the formula is oil-free so it won't give you an extra shiny T-zone.
Supergoop Defense Refresh (Re)Setting Mist SPF 40
This Skin Refreshing Spray
This 3-in-1, non-greasy SPF 40 spray sets makeup without disturbing it, controls shine, and shields the skin against photo-aging with SPF 40.
Pixi Sun Mist
This Soothing Sun Mist
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.
Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray
This Double-Duty Formula
If you're looking for a 2-in-1, this double-duty formula acts as a SPF and matte-finishing makeup spray. That's right—this spray will keep your makeup in place and add a soft blurred finish for a long-lasting lewk.
COOLA Makeup Setting Spray Organic Sunscreen SPF 30
This Matte Finish Formula
This SPF 30 formula is 70% certified organic (AKA great for sensitive skin) and will seal your face beat in with a lightweight matte-finish.
Ulta Facial Setting Spray Sunscreen SPF 50
For A Night Out
A spray with SPF 50 will keep you covered on days you've got a full face might forget to reapply over your makeup, sweat be damned.
Hampton Sun Hampton Sun SPF 50 Continuous Mist
This Vitamin-Rich Mist
If you'll be out in the sun or on the beach, this formula uses a special emollient, Polycrylene, for water-resistance. Plus, it's also got a slew of skin-fortifying vitamins and calming aloe vera extract.
shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF 50+ Sunscreen
This Moisturizing Mist
This whisper-light, non-sticky veil provides broad spectrum UV protection with xylitol, which helps the skin retain its natural moisture and boosts levels of hyaluronic acid.
Ultrasun Face UV Protection Mist SPF 50
For A Fast Fix
If the thought of spraying yourself in the face calls thick, oily formulas of the past to mind, this one will change your perspective. It dries down quick and contains an antioxidant blend to protect you from both SPF and environmental aggresors.
Pacifica Set & C Protect SPF 45 Matte Sheer Setting Mist
Set your makeup and get broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection with just a few spritzes. You can pop this hydrating facial spray into your purse and mist throughout the day for a radiant complexion.
Sunny Side Up SPF 30 Mist
For Sensitive Skin
This lightweight mist promises to leave you with no white cast or shine. In addition to defending your complexion against UV rays and blue light, it'll hydrate and repair skin damage. Plus, the formula contains Swiss Buddleja flower extracts which will help calm sensitive skin.
Soleil Toujours Clean Conscious Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30
This Calming and Hydrating Mist
This sheer mist's formula is brimming with nourishing skincare ingredients like aloe extract, green tea leaf extract, and sodium hyaluronate that'll soothe and hydrate your skin. Plus, red algae, vitamin C ester, vitamin E, and bisabolol will provide anti-aging benefits, improve skin texture, and reduce skin damage.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 60
For Outdoor Activities
For long days spent outside in the hot sun, this ultra-light sunscreen spray lotion is a must. The face and body sunscreen has broad-spectrum SPF 60 and antioxidant protection. It's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and will leave your skin with a silky finish.
HydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray
This Weightless Spray
Protect your skin from sun damage that causes wrinkles and fine lines by adding this spray into your daily routine. The scent-free mineral sunscreen contains hyaluronic acid and aloe that work to keep your complexion clear and hydrated.
Chelsea Hall is the Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers celebrity style, fashion trends, skincare, makeup and anything else tied into the world of fashion and beauty
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