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The Most Essential Summer Product for Healthy, Hydrated Skin

Meet your skin’s new, affordable BFF.

By: Hannah Baxter

Let me ask you a question: Are you a human person with skin? Yes? If you answered no, I have a few follow-up questions, but otherwise, congratulations, you’re in the overwhelming majority of people that need to wear sunscreen. Seriously, if you’re older than six months (as cautioned by the FDA), it’s time to accept the fact that sunscreen is a part of life. As in, every single day, you need to wake up, splash some water on your face (in addition to cleanser, toner, essence, serum, and moisturizer, if you’re sassy), and slather on a generous amount of your favorite SPF.

Now, you would assume that your dermatologist and I would be satisfied with this responsible use of sun protection. Well, friends, I am here to tell you something that my partner has known for years—it’s not that simple to please me. Keeping your precious skin safe from UVA/UVB rays (which can lead to signs of premature aging and skin cancer) takes more than a one-time application per day. As recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should be adding more sunscreen to exposed skin every two hours. Sound like a lot? Sure, I’ll admit that even I, a fair-skinned beauty editor with a propensity to fry like a slab of breakfast sausage, could use a little help with both remembering to reapply my SPF and finding a product that doesn’t require a whole lot of effort, because I am level 10 lazy.

Enter the hydrating SPF spray. If you know me, you know my work desk (miss you, girl) and my at-home desk (hello, kitchen table) are covered with all the daily hydration essentials—water bottle, lip balm, hand cream, face mist. Well, it’s time to level up on that last one, because there’s a whole crop of sprays that combine all the hydrating ingredients of your favorite formulas with added sun protection. It couldn’t be easier to use—I’m spritzing my neck as I write this sentence—so I suggest picking up one of these eight products to add into your own summer skin-care lineup.

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Habit No. 41 Mister, $30

If you’re looking for an SPF with minimal ingredients but still offers plenty of protection and skin-nourishing benefits, this new mist is right up your alley. This direct-to-consumer brand infuses lavender and rosemary leaf oil into the formula (which is also only 16 ingredients total) so that you get an invigorating boost when you reapply throughout the day.

Coola Full Spectrum 360 Refreshing Water Mist Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 18, $36

You know that feeling when you’ve walked 10 blocks in 100 percent humidity, and you stop at the bodega and grab a coconut water and suck it down in under a minute? That level of refreshing is what this aloe- and coconut-water-infused mist provides for your skin. The addition of antioxidants and blue light protection, plus SPF, means you’re protected from all variety of environmental damage.

Pixi Skintreats Sun Mist, $29

Depending on where you live, you might not be able to get this cult-favorite SPF mist shipped to you right now, but it’s worth the wait, I promise. Soothing aloe vera and chamomile target any skin irritation while also tackling dry patches for long-lasting hydration.

Pacifica Set & C Protect SPF 45 Matte Sheer Setting Mist, $16

Love the look of dewy skin, but also aware of how gosh-darn sweaty you look over Zoom? Try this mattifying SPF mist, which has added algae extract to soften and nourish your skin. Banish that mid-afternoon grease by keeping it close by for the occasional spritz.

Supergoop! Play Antioxidant Mist SPF 30 with Vitamin C, $21

Not only is vitamin C essential to achieve glowing, even skin, but this formula’s added acai extract also provides vitamins A and E, omega 3, omega 6, and protective fatty acids. It’s also water resistant, so it’s great to take with you if you’re going to be outside in the heat, but still want to keep your skin feeling hydrated all day.

Soleil Toujours Organic Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30, $36

Clean beauty gurus, this one’s for you. The formula is 70 percent organic with cucumber extract, eucalyptus leaf oil, and more antioxidant-rich botanical ingredients. That means even the most sensitive of skin will enjoy a few spritzes of this SPF throughout the day.

Ulta SPF 50 Sunscreen Rose Water Setting Spray, $10

Few things feel better on hot, parched skin than a spritz of rose water. This SPF 50 spray is not only super affordable (stock up so no available surface area in your home is left out), but it will also keep you hydrated and safe from the sun’s rays—even those that sneak in through your windows.

AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $75

K-beauty fans, listen up—this luxe Korean-based brand has all your skin-hydrating and SPF protection needs in this lightweight mist. Matsutake mushroom cools and hydrates exposed skin, while plum extract defends against heat damage, a little-known factor that can contribute to premature skin aging via oxidation and inflammation.

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