A guide to spray sunscreen

Sunscreen should be part of your everyday routine, not just when you head out to the beach or to a family BBQ. When it comes to sunscreen, there are a number of different types in the market – bottles, cans – in this guide we’ll specifically be looking at spray options. With sunscreen needing to be reapplied every two hours, having a spray bottle might help with the process, so read on to find out what brands offer it.

Sunscreen Types

Sunscreen bottles comes in a range of shapes and sizes – whether it’s the extra-large family pump or a compact roll-on sunscreen to fit in a small bag. Typically, you’ll find the following types in stores:

  • Spray and mist
  • Pump and tube (cream or lotion)
  • Roll on
  • Stick

But for now, let’s slide into what’s on offer in the spray type.

What brands offer spray sunscreen?

Sun Bum

US-based company Sun Bum started out in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and made its way to our beautiful shores a couple of years ago. Its spray sunscreen can be had from about $20 (177ml bottle) and there are just two different options available. Both sprays are stated to provide UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with four-hours water resistant formulas. They’re also claimed to be free from paraben, oil, PABA, gluten, retinyl palimate and propylene glycol.

  • Sun Bum Original SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray (177ml): hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested
  • Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray (177ml): same as above

Both options are boasted to have an ultra-sheer, dry touch continuous spray formula with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radicals, according to the brand.

Banana Boat

Banana Boat is well-known for its spray range. All its 175g sprays listed below can be had for just under the $20 mark.

  • Banana Boat Sport SPF 50+ Clear Spray Sunscreen (175g): claimed to be ideal for golf, football and tennis enthusiasts with a sweat resistant and non-greasy formula. It’s also tested for four-hours water resistance
  • Banana Boat Dry Balance Clear Spray SPF 50+ (175g): boasted to be broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a lightweight formula to draw away moisture while allowing skin to breathe, plus dries with a soft matte finish
  • Banana Boat Everyday Clear Spray SPF 50+ (175g): made with a non-greasy clear formula that’s sweat resistant and water resistant, plus is quick and easy to apply, even on hard-to-reach areas like your back, according to Banana Boat
  • Banana Boat Sun Comfort Clear Spray SPF 50+ (175g): stated to be broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that allows sand to easily brush off, plus moisturises the skin to relieve dryness that can be caused by the sun
  • Banana Boat Simply Protect Sport Spray SPF 50+ (175g): designed to stand up to outdoor activities with four-hour water resistance and sweat resistance
  • Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids Spray SPF 50+ (175g): ideal for kids with no added oils or fragrances. It’s stated to be dermatologically tested, plus provide four-hour water resistance

All of the above sprays are stated to be recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.


Nivea’s skincare range typically contains vitamin E to sooth and repair dry skin, and it can also be found in all of its sunscreen sprays.

  • Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ (300ml): broad spectrum sunscreen stated to have a moisturising formula, with Vitamin E and four-hours water resistance
  • Protect & Moisture Caring Sunscreen Spray SPF30 (200ml): claimed to be an easily absorbed, non-greasy spray which provides broad-spectrum protection with four-hours water resistance and vitamin E
  • Nivea Ultra-Sport Cooling Sunscreen Spray SPF50+ (200ml): stated to have a non-greasy and cooling formula, designed to be four-hour water resistant and sweat resistant, ideal for sport or if you work out in the sun
  • Nivea Ultra-Beach Sunscreen Spray SPF50+ (200ml): stated to have four-hour water resistance with a Vitamin E infused formula, designed for the beach where direct sun, heat and salt water leaves skin feeling dry and tight

The above 200ml Nivea sprays are all under $20 with the 300ml option being slightly more.

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Bondi Sands

Bondi Sands seems to be a popular brand when it comes to self-tanning but it also offers a sunscreen range with spray application. This line up sits between $15 and $20.

  • Bondi Sands SPF 15 Protect & Tan (150ml): 2-in-1 product combining sunscreen with tanning oil
  • Bondi Sands SPF 15 Coconut Beach Sunscreen Oil (150ml): two-hour water resistant
  • Bondi Sands SPF 30 Coconut Beach Sunscreen Oil (150ml): two-hour water resistant
  • Bondi Sands SPF 30 Coconut Beach Sunscreen Lotion (200ml): stated to have a non-greasy and four-hour water-resistant formula
  • Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Coconut Beach Sunscreen Lotion (200ml): same as the above

The above options are boasted for a signature summer fragrance – coconut beach.


US brand Neutrogena offers just two options in spray sunscreen at the time of writing.

  • Neutrogena Beach Defence Water + Sun Barrier Spray SPF 50 (184g): stated to offer broad spectrum UVA\UVB sun protection with a lightweight four-hour water-resistant formula that’s oil free and PABA free
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF50+ (140g): boasted for being stabilised with Helioplex technology, providing balanced broad-spectrum UVA/UVB with four-hours water resistance, plus it’s non-comedogenic, oil free and PABA free

Despite being different in size, the two options above can be found for around $17 each.

Should I buy spray sunscreen?

Spray sunscreen is convenient and easy to apply, you can even spray your own back. However, no matter what sunscreen you use, it’s important that a generous amount is applied. Cancer Council recommends a teaspoon per limb, totalling 7 teaspoons or 35ml for a full body application, which is more than some Australians may think when applying sunscreen. To see what sunscreen brands are keeping Aussies happy, follow the link below to our sunscreen ratings.

Sunscreen Reviews & Ratings

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