A couple of years ago, I reviewed spray sunscreens versus cream sunscreens, and I concluded that spray sunscreens normally weren’t as effective as creams. (See here.)
But that was then, and this is now. For one, I only reviewed aerosol sunscreen sprays, which give you a lot less control than pump sprays. For another, I am constantly on-the-go now, and saving the 30 seconds it takes to reapply sunscreen while I’m out for a jog, like, matters, even if in some weird psychological way.
So I was really pleased to discover bu Screen SPF 30 Natural Citrus Scent Sunscreen Spray. This sunscreen contains 22.5% sunscreen ingredients total, in a mix that is designed to be protective and self-stabilizing. Octisalate is a photostabilizer used to reduce the degradation of avobenzone. Both are UVB filters; when paired with avobenzone, they create a broad-spectrum protectant against harmful radiation (JAAD). Avobenzone is a very common sunscreen ingredient. It works by taking UV light and converting it into energy that isn’t harmful. Avobenzone protects moderately well against both UVA and UVB rays.
Avobenzone sometimes gets a bad rap, because it is unstable when it is used alone and exposed to light (International Journal of Pharmacology). However, as I mentioned before, octisalate will also stabilize avobenzone.
Overall, bu Screen SPF 30 Natural Citrus Scent Sunscreen Spray has a really nice lightweight, non-tacky finish and it absorbs well into the skin. I like using it whenever I’m out for a run and need something to reapply quickly. I recommend it for anyone who is athletic or outdoors a lot!
Cyclopentasiloxane – considered an emollient that soothes and softens the skin by keeping moisture locked in.
Butyloctyl Salicylate – emollient, moisturizing agent and sunscreen solvent.
Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene – Photo-stablizes Avobenzone & Octinoxate.
Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone – a Silicone compond that helps Skin conditioning.
VP/Hexadecene Copolymer – provides water resistance by providing a film forming binding.
Octyldodecanol – acts has a lubricant on the skin surface, gives the skin a soft, smooth appearance.
Polybutene – used as a binder- keeping ingredients together.
Tocopherols – Vitamin E antioxidant.
Bisabolol – an active plant extract isolated from German chamomile and thought to have anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.
Artemisia Pallens Flower Oil – Fragrance.
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil – Fragrance.