The Best Spray Sunscreen for Kids

Sunscreen use provides important protection from the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun which can cause cancer such as melanoma. Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen daily when in the sun. In our home, sunscreen application has been a challenge as nobody I’ve ever met really likes the feel of it. Spray sunscreen is the easiest to apply and has the best feel. So which is the best spray sunscreen for kids?

Alba Botanica Kids Sunscreen SPF 50

Hands down, this is our favorite. This is reef safe and water resistant. The spray smells good and dries clear.


Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

The clear mist from this sunscreen creates a barrier on the skin and physically blocks out the sun’s harmful rays. This is also reef safe and water resistant. The spray takes longer to dry and rubbing it in helps speed up the drying process.

?REEF Safe?

Reef safe simply means that the sunscreen does not contain 2 specific UV blocking chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, that are known to cause coral bleaching.  The coral in reefs absorb these chemicals and can have unfortunate effects. Also, these chemicals in the water also supports certain viruses in the water which can make coral sick and lead to death.

Sun Bum Original Spray SPF 30 
This sunscreen smells great with added vitamin E to nourish the skin,. It is ultra waterproof and sweatproof. This sunscreen dries very quickly and smells great.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist
The claim to fame for this sunscreen is its “weightless and clean feel.” The sunscreen applies in a fine dry mist which feels a bit cold. This also dries fast and leaves little residue but smells like sunscreen.

Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids Sunscreen
With a bottle that is the easiest to hold, Banana Boat is light weight, easy to rub in and water resistant. Note that this sunscreen also reports to be tear free. All sunscreens are irritating to the eys but this sunscreen is the least.

How to Use Sunscreen Spray

The sprayable sunscreen is our choice  but its important to also apply correctly. Hold near the skin and contiue to spray generously. Rub the sunscreen in to ensure complete coverage. Pay attention to the border area of clothes because they often move and uncovered spots are unprotected.

Sunscreen is not 100% effective in blocking the sun’s harmful rays so use in combination with other protective techniques including wearing protective clothing, wearing a wide brimmed hat, wearing protective sunglasses,  seeking shade when possible and reapplying sunscreen every two hours or after swimming / sweating.

Cautions with spray sunscreen

  • do not inhale (we hold our breath while spraying)
  • never spray directly on face, instead spray on hands and then apply to face
  • do not spray when its windy becuase it blows away and is easy to inhale, insteasd seek shelter from the wind
  • never spray near an open flame

Be Safe and Have Fun in the Sun

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