1. Spray-On Sunscreens
Spray-on sunscreens may seem like a godsend to those who hate applying lotions, but they’re not universally loved by the professionals.
Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York said she would never use a spray-on sunscreen on her face or body, because in her professional opinion, the sprays don’t provide a thick enough layer to ensure the full SPF level noted on the bottle.
“Half of it goes into the air, barely any of it gets onto your skin, you’re breathing in half of it. It’s just not the right way to get good coverage,” she said, noting that she does allow some exceptions. “If you have a kid that will not sit still and you’re just desperate for something and you can get a fraction of a spray or nothing otherwise, OK, fine, you spray. But no self-respecting dermatologist would ever use a spray sunscreen.”
Dr. Kenneth Mark, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, said that some people may find spray-on sunscreen convenient for covering arms, legs, chest and back, but he agreed that he wouldn’t use them on the face, “because even with your eyes closed, it can really sting and burn the eyes.”