We know some of you are probably die hard cream and lotion sunscreen users, while some of you are spray sunscreen stans. Well we’re here today to put this controversial debate of which is better, to rest.
All jokes aside, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists advise their patients that the best sunscreen is the one that they will actually use! It’s important to remember that most people don’t use enough sunscreen; it should be applied daily, generously, and also reapplied every 2 hours.
Spray sunscreens may be easier to apply, but it can be difficult if it’s windy out because the airflow can move the particles from the spray sunscreen away from the body so not enough of the product actually gets on to the skin. Because of this, you often need to use a lot of the spray sunscreen to get optimal coverage. Harvard Health found that in order to achieve a similar SPF to a lotion sunscreen, you would need to spray each area of your body for up to 6 seconds. After you spray the sunscreen on to the body, it’s important to rub it in, otherwise there may be an uneven distribution of product on the skin which increases the risk of getting a sunburn.
For what dermatologists call guaranteed sun protection, consumers are probably better off using a lotion or cream sunscreen instead. Even if it is less convenient and often messier than spray sunscreen to apply. However, it’s just as important to use the correct amount, as is the case with spray sunscreens, which is equal to 2-3 tablespoons of sunscreen lotion.
And as a reminder for all sunscreens, choose one that is SPF 30 or higher and broad spectrum. Do not forget those often neglected areas: ears, neck, eyelids, hands and feet!
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