Kathryn’s Top 5 Best Sunscreens That Are Safe For You and Your Spray Tan for 2017

It’s that time of year again SPRING BREAK 2017!!!

Time for a little fun in the sun, and a lovely Sun Spray tan before you slip into your swimsuit, grab your towel and head for that lounge chair. Pure relaxation!

Before all that relaxing can happen you need to do one last little thing….buy your SUNSCREEN.

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What sunscreen should I use with my spray tan?

My usual answer is: choose an oil free sunscreen lotion and stay away from the aerosol or spray on sunblock because they don’t go on evenly, contain alcohol that can dry your tan out making it fade unevenly. Oh, and check the expiration date on any products you have at home.

Sounds pretty easy, until you get to the store and stand in the isle with all 10 million sunscreen bottles and your eyes glaze over and you can’t remember what I said or how you can possibly choose just one tube in the sea of brown and orange SPF containers.

Then I get a text message that says, “which one do I pick?”

So I decided to pull together a few of my favorite spray tan safe sunscreens (that are also safe for you) to make it easy for you to pick one.

No more frustrating shopping trips!

Writing this blog post for y’all I learned quite a few things about sunblock!  The first thing I learned is that they don’t want you to call it sunblock because it doesn’t completely block the sun’s harmful rays. It filters the harmful rays; therefore, it is called sunscreen.

How does sunscreen work?

There are two different types of sunscreen; physical barrier (think zinc oxide) and chemical based.  They either reflect the sun’s harmful rays away from our skin or they absorb the rays and break them down releasing them as heat so they are not absorbed into our skin.  Some sunscreens are a combination type product.

Sunscreen comes in lotions, creams, sticks, sprays, and powders.  It can be all natural and organic. Oil based or oil free.  For everyday use or for extended outdoor activities.

There is also some controversy on several of the commonly used SPF ingredients contained in many sunscreens.  I tried to steer clear of the products that contain those ingredients and choose the safest products that I could find on the market.

So many things to consider.

……And on top of all that, then we have to make sure the sunscreen that you choose is safe for your spray tan.

The Skin Cancer Foundation and the Environmental Working Group both have lists of approved sunscreens that I worked off of to choose the products that offered the best SPF protection, top rated ingredients and were the safest for you and your spray tan. Some of these are all natural and some of them are not. Just so everyone has options that appeal to their personal choice.  I also automatically removed the spray sunscreen products from consideration as I feel that that the propellant and alcohol in them react with sunless tans creating a patchy fade, and NOBODY wants that business happening.

How to apply sunscreen

The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends when applying your sunscreen lotion to follow these simple rules:

Choose a sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30
Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside to give it time to absorb
Use a shot glass size of product to cover your body
Don’t forget all the little bits. Ears, lips, back of your neck, and under those swimsuit straps
Reapply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming
Don’t rely just on your sunscreen. Hats, UV blocking clothing and the shade to get out of the sun
And then there is my 2 cents:

You will burn right through your spray tan. A spray tan does NOT provide you with ANY sun protection so please please wear your sunscreen.

So without further ado lets get to my favorite picks:

Kathryn’s Top 5 Best Sunscreens for 2017 That Are Spray Tan Safe and Safe For You

1. Alba Very Emollient Sunscreen SPF 30, Fragrance Free

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I LOVE the Alba Botanica line of products having used several of their sunscreens on me and my boys. They are made with top quality natural sunscreen ingredients, rated a 2 for ingredient safety by the EWG website and are well reviewed on Amazon. This company has been doing it right for a long time! They are also missing all of the ingredients that I caution to stay away from when wearing your spray tan.  Voted spray tan friendly!!!

Protection: UVA/UVB, SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes

Features: Revitalizing non-greasy, quick-absorbing, perfect for daily wear, Sensitive skin friendly

Bonus: Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Phthalate Free, Not Tested on Animals, Vegetarian

2. MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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I am new to the MDSolarSciences products, but have to say that I am super excited to try them.  They are rated a 1 by EWG for top quality safe SPF ingredients, have an amazing layout so that you can easily compare their different sunscreen products and have raving reviews.  Comments range from easy to use, good for my sensitive skin and lightly tinted so as not to get the “sunscreen mask”.  And they don’t contain any ingredients that would concern me with your spray tan.  Win/Win

Protection: UVA/UVB, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes

Features: Good for all skin types including Acne and Rosacea, Sensitive skin friendly, won’t clog pores.

Bonus: Eco-Cert Zinc Oxide, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free

3. EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41

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Elta MD is a great physical barrier sunscreen lotion.  Lightly tinted to keep away the white sunscreen mask this is perfect for under your makeup.  It is gentle and suitable for sensitive skin, dries nicely and can be used on both face and body. 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon and rated a 2 for ingredient safety on EWG’s website and spray tan friendly!

Protection: UVA/UVB, Broad spectrum, SPF 41

Features: Lightly tinted, won’t clog pores, fragrance free, Sensitive skin friendly

Bonus: Made in the USA

4. Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen: SPF 30+-Contains Vitamins B, C, E & Seaweed Extract- Rehydrating Skin Protection

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The Andre Lorent sunscreen is manufactured by a small family owned company that creates small batch products.  I like that this is a combination product acting as a moisturizer and SPF together.  Wonderful for everyday use.  This product has not been rated by the EWG website but has been dermatologist tested and approved. After reading the ingredients I have to say that it looks lovely and very spray tan friendly. Top rated on Amazon as well.

Protection: UVA/UVB, Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+

Features: Safe for sensitive skin, Anti-aging properties, Fragrance Free, Moisturizer, Non-greasy

Bonus: Paraben Free

5. Baby Bum SPF 30 Premium Natural Sunscreen Lotion

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Sun Bum is a small company in Cocoa Beach, Florida who manufactures a sunscreen with a highly rated baby line called Baby Bum.  So cute! EWG has rated Baby Bum a 2 on its ingredient safety listing, it is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and has great reviews on Amazon.  People really seem to love this all natural sunscreen! I have included this here because sometimes it’s just easier to wear the same thing that you are putting on the kiddos.  There is a lotion and a convenient stick for quick swipes on the shoulders or little noses. Sunless Tan safe.

Protection: UVA/UVB, Broad Spectrum, water resistant up to 80 minutes

Features: Hypoallergenic ingredients, all natural, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, Pediatrician Approved

Bonus: Paraben Free, Phthalate Free, PABA Free, Cruelty Free

So there you have it my top 5 sunscreens that include safe/effective ingredients and are sunless tan safe.  Finding sunscreens that fit into my criteria was actually NOT as easy as I thought it was gonna be.

So go grab your favorite one and get ready for a great spring break 2017 and an amazing summer!!!

As a small business owner I can’t stock all the amazing products that are available in the world of sunless tanning but I can give you my professional opinion.  Shopping through my links is greatly appreciated and helps me continue to spread my message of skin safety!

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Hi, I’m Kathryn! I’m here to help you have the best spray tanning experience possible. When I’m not creating beautiful sunless tans, I am working with my students or writing for my blog sharing everything I know about how to get the perfect spray tan, how to give the perfect spray tan, and how to build a boutique spray tan business.

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