Spray sunscreens, some people love them and some people hate them.
If you’re one of those that love them then this review is for you.
If you’re one of those that hates them, maybe this review will change your mind.
Why Spray Sunscreen:
I am one of those people who loves spray sunscreens. My favorite bit about them is they’re easy to use (especially on squirmy little humans). Easy is my favorite word right now. If something’s easy, I’m more likely to do it and be happy about doing it.
Why Not Spray Sunscreen:
Sprays, by definition, are liquids that are blown or driven through the air in the form of tiny drops. Tiny drops leave space in between them. This means the spaces in between those dots are not covered by sunscreen. You could end up with a polka-dot tan or burn.
To avoid said polka-dotty skin, after applying a spray sunscreen you have to rub it in. It’s also recommended that you spray then rub 3 times to make sure you are getting adequate coverage.
So, it’s a little more work than originally anticipated but still pretty quick and easy.
Mineral Sunscreen Spray:
I was very excited when I saw that Coola is now offering a new spray mineral sunscreen. It contains my favorite kind of sunscreen and it’s in an easy, spray form. What more could I ask for?
What’s In It?
The active sunscreen ingredient is zinc oxide. They’ve also added some hydrating and skin-loving ingredients like jojoba oil and aloe vera (Scroll down to the bottom of the post if you would like to see the full list of ingredients).
My first choice in sunscreen is zinc oxide, which is a mineral sunscreen. It’s more photostable, meaning it doesn’t break down very easily when exposed to the sun’s rays. It’s broad spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVB (burning) and UVA (ageing) rays. Another plus is that it’s well-tolerated by most people (it’s used in diaper creams to protect baby’s skin, which is the most sensitive skin there is).
All great reasons to use zinc oxide. So why doesn’t everyone use it?
Why Some People Don’t Like Zinc Oxide:
Zinc gets a bad wrap for leaving a white or sometimes blue cast on your skin. It’s not very aesthetically pleasing. It’s the # 1 reason people give me when I ask why they don’t use zinc oxide.
Coola’s mineral spray does spray out white but it blends in nicely. I did not have any white or blue cast after I rubbed it in.
The white is actually beneficial here because you can see where you have sprayed and if you need to apply more.
How To Use Coola Mineral Spray Sunscreen:
- Shake the bottle well.
- Hold the bottle 4 to 6 inches away from the area you want covered and spray. It’s a pretty powerful spray so you really don’t want to be too close.
- Rub it in. I felt like I had adequate coverage after one spray so I didn’t need to spray again. It sprays out in a pretty thick layer.
- Do not spray at your face. If you want to use it on your face then spray in your hands first and then apply to your face.
- Let it dry before heading outside, about 15 minutes.
- Reapply every 2 hours or every hour to 80 minutes if sweating or swimming.
Where Can I Get It:
Luckily, it’s available from multiple retailers.
- Coola – If you purchase your sunscreen directly from Coola’s site you get a discount. They offer a 10% discount with the purchase of 3 or more products.
Coola is one of my favorite sunscreen brands so I came into this with a bias. I really wanted to like it and I do. I love that it’s a zinc oxide sunscreen. I love that it’s in an easy spray bottle. They have included some skin-loving ingredients which is an added bonus. I really appreciate that it’s available in fragrance-free and my favorite, tropical coconut.
It’s a little on the pricey side at $42, but for how often I use it, it works. I don’t typically spend all day, every day out in the sun so I found that this bottle lasts quite awhile for me. From my previous spray bottle experiences, I go through about 2 bottles per summer.
I will definitely buy this again.
List of Ingredients in Coola’s Mineral Spray Sunscreen:
Active: Zinc Oxide 14.5%. Inactive: Algae Extract (ORGANIC), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (ORGANIC), Bentonite, Bisabolol (ORGANIC), Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Cellulose Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water (ORGANIC), Coco-Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (ORGANIC), Glycerin (ORGANIC), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (ORGANIC), Jojoba Esters, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil (ORGANIC), Methyl Dihydroabietate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Propanediol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (ORGANIC), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil (ORGANIC), Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (ORGANIC), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Water.
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