Have you seen the shocking “What The Sun Sees” video yet? Artist Thomas Leveritt used a video camera equipped with an ultraviolet lens (similar technology to what dermatologists use to assess sun damage) to capture what’s invisible to the naked eye—shocking sun damage that lies beneath seemingly healthy skin. He captures women and men of all ages as they watched themselves in regular sunlight vs. the ultraviolet lens, which revealed an alarming amount of age spots, freckles, wrinkles and pigmentation irregularities. People look completely stunned when they see themselves in this “light,” discovering for the first time that, yes, they are not immune to sun damage. The exception? Children had practically the same flawless skin in both cameras, because everyone is born with good skin. I made both of my daughters watch it and they were fascinated. They’re actually quite good and putting on sunscreen, but now I think they fully understand why they need it. Thanks Mr. Leveritt!
Most of the dermatologists I speak to recommend using a lotion sunscreen in the morning that you can thoroughly massage into your skin, because as the video shows, you really need to rub it on. But, when you’re running around the beach, pool or playground, taking the time out to slather all that stuff over you (and your kids!) is too time consuming and sticky—impractical. The better option: a fast-dry spray sunscreen. Just be sure that you spray it slowly and evenly over exposed areas. If it’s windy outside, move to a protected area so the wind doesn’t blow the sunscreen away before you it hits your skin. I’ve been road-testing quite a few lately, so here are this summer’s top spray sunscreens.
Glytone Spray Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $30. This gets my best vote for most amazing spray power. It spews a fast, fine mist that’s easy to spray at any angle to easily covers your whole body in just a few seconds. It has a special anti-oxidant complex that boosts the sunscreen and makes your skin feel soft, not sticky. The only issue? I went through a whole can in one day with my family!
Kiss My Face Continuous Spray Sunscreen Cool Sport SPF 50 Coconut, $17. Most sprays are generally cooling to begin with, but this one was extra refreshing on hot days.
L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finish Spray SPF 30, $10. My whole family liked this one because it makes your skin feel very soft and hydrated, yet it dries super fast.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Continuous Spray Sunscreen, $16. If you love the smell of coconuts, this one is for you. And, like the Glytone Sunscreen, this one has a might powerful spray. It’s definitely in our top 3.
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Lightweight Foaming Lotion, $29. This isn’t a spray, but a crackling mousse. My kids thought it was like whipped cream, so they were addicted to it.
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $35. I love body oils, so this oil sunscreen felt more like a hydrating body treatment rather than the chore of sunscreen, and it imparts a beautiful glisten to the skin.