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Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Est. $9.50 for 5 oz.
Reviewed
July 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Pros
  • Convenient
  • Easy to use spray applicator
  • Adheres to wet skin
Cons
  • High alcohol content
  • Mixed performance results

Bottom line

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is a spray-on formula that is water-resistant (for up to 80 minutes) and adheres easily to wet skin -- eliminating the need for toweling off before reapplying sunscreen. Users have mixed opinions about how well it works, however. The formula does contain some irritating ingredients -- namely alcohol and fragrance. Our best reviewed sunscreen, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Est. $10 for 3 oz.) is a gentler and more reliable option overall.

Performance

Convenient but unreliable performance. Experts and users have mixed opinions about Neutrogena's new Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray, which is designed to adhere to wet skin with no need to dry off before applying it. The formula earns several awards from beauty magazines for its ingenuity and convenience. Skin care expert, Paula Begoun is likewise intrigued by the formula but warns that it contains a lot of alcohol which can be very drying and may cause irritation to skin.

We saw several complaints from users at Amazon.com about sunburn, despite reapplying the formula several times.

Feel and smell

Slight chemical smell. Editors at Allure magazine say that Neutrogena Wet Skin sprays out in a fine, targeted mist and covers the body in mere seconds. It does have slight chemical smell, however. Begoun says that the formula may feel a bit tacky on the skin due to the film-forming agents it contains.

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Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

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. 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 50, Paula Begoun, Jan. 22, 2013

2. Allure

Editors of Allure magazine praise Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray for its convenience. The formula has won a Best of Beauty award from the magazine for two consecutive years.

Review: Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 50, Catherine Gambrell, Not dated

3. Shape magazine

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 85+ 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 before applying it to wet skin.

Review: Best Body Products, Carly Cardellino, Not dated

4. Amazon.com

Reviewers at Amazon.com have mixed opinions about Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray. The formula earns an overall rating of 3.3 stars out 5 from about 55 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, 5 Ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013

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