Last Updated: October 3, 2022

The 5 Best Spray Sunscreens.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 9 min read

Don't get us wrong — we love sunscreen lotions. They're great for keeping your hands protected from the sun's rays while you're driving, and facial sunscreens are a must-have as the last step in your skincare routine. But lotions aren't always the most ideal option when you're on-the-go at the beach or trying to keep your kiddo still for long enough to lather 'em up. That's where sunscreen sprays come in.

Sunscreen sprays work just like lotions, except they come in easy-to-use spray bottles so you can spritz yourself or your kids and start having fun in the sun ASAP. We took a lookyloo at Grove member's top-rated sunscreen sprays and made a list of the best of the best for you to peruse at your leisure. Don't forget to check out the FAQ at the end where we shed some (sun)light on your commonly asked sunscreen queries.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Babo Botanicals SPF30 Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray, Fragrance Free

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The sun can cause serious damage to your skin, especially if you have sensitive, delicate skin. Protect yourself before you go outside with this Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Sheer Zinc Fragrance Free Spray Sunscreen. This sheer zinc sunscreen SPF 30 spray for extra sensitive skin uses a protective, fragrance-free formula designed to guard delicate skin …

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$21.99
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2. Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 33

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Shake, spray and go! This fragrance-free spray, made with mineral sunscreen ingredients as well as calendula and chamomile extracts, was formulated with sensitive skin in mind. The air-powered spray can be conveniently applied from any angle. The lightweight formula is easily rubbed in to protect skin against sunburn, skin cancer, and premature …
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$18.99
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3. Babo Botanicals Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray-SPF50

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Get the comfort of a lotion sunscreen and the convenience of a continuous spray for the entire family!

This Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 is a 100%-mineral sunscreen with non-nano titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that form a protective barrier on skin surface to help reflect the sun’s UVA and UVB rays without irritating sensitive skin. …
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6 Oz
$21.99
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4. Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen Spray - SPF 30

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Looking for a mineral sunscreen with an easy application? COOLA Mineral Body Sunscreen Spray - SPF 30 is a lightweight formula designed to dispense evenly on your skin. In fact, due to its air-compression valve technology, the spray can is safe to use around your face. Free from chemical actives, this mineral sunscreen spray provides UVA/UVB …

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5 Oz
$31.99
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5. Bare Republic Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

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Let's be totally transparent. Super sheer and light, this Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 is tough enough to keep up with all of life's outdoor adventures. This ultra clean Bare Republic sunscreen spray provides a layer of physical protection to guard against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Antioxidant-rich hydrators, like grape, raspberry, and …

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6 oz
$17.99
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FAQs

Which SPF should I use?

SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, is the measure of how much UV exposure it takes for the sun's rays to burn skin that's been protected by sunscreen. A higher SPF number provides more sun protection than a lower SPF number — if it's applied correctly.

Generally, SPF 30 protects skin from burning 30x longer than skin without sunscreen. SPF 50 protects skin for 50x longer, and so on. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30, but you don't need to bother going over SPF 50 — the EWG and the FDA agree that SPFs over 60 aren't that much more effective at protecting you from the sun than their lower counterparts. What matters most is that you reapply sunscreen every two hours, using about two tablespoons of sunscreen with every application.


What’s the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen

SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, is the measure of how much UV exposure it takes for the sun's rays to burn skin that's been protected by sunscreen. A higher SPF number provides more sun protection than a lower SPF number — if it's applied correctly.

Generally, SPF 30 protects skin from burning 30x longer than skin without sunscreen. SPF 50 protects skin for 50x longer, and so on. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30, but you don't need to bother going over SPF 50 — the EWG and the FDA agree that SPFs over 60 aren't that much more effective at protecting you from the sun than their lower counterparts. What matters most is that you reapply sunscreen every two hours, using about two tablespoons of sunscreen with every application.


What’s the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen

You've probably seen the words "chemical" and "mineral" during your hunt for a new sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens use chemical sun blockers like avobenzone, oxybenzone, homosalate, and octocrylene that sink into your skin then convert the sun's rays into heat that's released from your skin. The ingredients in chemical sunscreens can cause allergic reactions in some people, and they've been shown to harm marine life and coral reefs.

Mineral sunscreens, aka physical sunscreens, use mineral-based ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically block the sun's rays from your skin. These natural sunscreens are both reef-safe and effective. That being said, the best type of sunscreen for your skin is one that you're actually going to wear. Whether that's a chemical or physical sunscreen is up to you!


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If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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