Experts and users have mixed opinions about Neutrogena's new Wet Skin Sunblock Spray, which is designed to adhere to wet skin with no need to towel off before applying it. The formula, which comes in three different strengths (and a kids' version), earns several awards from beauty magazines for its ingenuity.
Users at Amazon.com, on the other hand, aren't as enthusiastic. We saw several complaints of sunburn, despite reapplying the formula several times. Bad experiences could be the result of user error, but there were enough poor user reviews to keep us from recommending Wet Skin as a Best Reviewed product. Based on our research, Coppertone Sport High Performance Sunscreen Clear Continuous Spray SPF 30 (*Est. $9.75 for 6 oz.) is a better spray-on option.
Paula Begoun provides thorough analysis of Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray at her online database, Beautypedia.com. This sunscreen also is reviewed by editors at Allure and Shape magazines, although their testing criteria are not clear. User reviews at Amazon.com provide insight into consumer experience.
Paula Begoun says that Neutrogena Wet Skin is an "intriguing way to apply sunscreen." She says it's a good option for people who swim, even though she says that none of the options are ideal for young kids because they contain chemical actives. She also warns that the formula contains a high amount of alcohol, which can be drying and irritating to skin.
Review: Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 30 by Neutrogena, Paula Begoun, June 21, 2012
Editors of Allure magazine choose Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray as the best sunscreen of 2011 because it adheres to wet skin "instead of sliding off."
Review: Best of Beauty 2011: Body, Editors of Allure magazine, Oct . 2011
3. Shape magazine
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray is chosen as the best sunscreen for Shape magazine's annual beauty awards. Reviewers say the formula is "genius" because it allows users to skip toweling off when applying it to wet skin.
Review: Shape of Beauty Awards 2011: Best Body Products, Editors of Shape magazine, Sept. 2011
Reviewers at Amazon.com have mixed opinions about Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray. The formula earns an overall rating of 3.5 stars out 5 from about three dozen users. Many say that it works as advertised, but several complain of severe burns even when reapplied regularly throughout the day.
Review: Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray, SPF 85+, Contributors to Amazon.com
WebMD.com's article on suncreen is more informative than analytical. Products aren't rated or tested but editors suggest Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray because it can be applied to wet skin and it doesn't leave any white marks.
Review: Sunscreen: Are You Really Covered?, Ayren Jackson-Cannady, May 6, 2011