Wet Skin Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
5 fl. oz. for $16.99
Last Updated:02.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free, water-resistant spray-on sunscreen claims to be like no other sunscreen you've experienced before, but it's actually very similar to "wet skin" sunscreens from Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Coppertone. CeraVe isn't the first to market this technology, which allows sunscreen to be seamlessly reapplied to wet skin without the need to towel-dry first. Such sunscreens come in handy for a day at the beach when it's not convenient (or just a pain) to dry off before reapplying your sunscreen. The technology behind these sunscreens allows them to adhere evenly to wet skin, so you get even sun protection on the go.

The only new element CeraVe brings to the table is the inclusion of skin-repairing ingredients such as ceramides and the salt form of hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate. Those ingredients aren't in the other wet-skin sunscreens sold at the drugstore, so it's the inclusion of those ingredients, not the wet-skin technology, that distinguishes CeraVe's spray-on sunscreens from the pack.

One thing all wet-skin sunscreens have in common is a mix of film-forming agents that allow the sunscreen actives to adhere to wet skin. CeraVe's active ingredients include stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) screening, which is great.

Another common trait the wet-skin sunscreens share is alcohol-based formulas. Although we normally downgrade sunscreens with alcohol, in this case we're making an exception due to the unique nature of the product. If you don't need this type of sunscreen (and for day-to-day activities, most people won't), then use an alcohol-free formula. Otherwise, for days at the beach or pool when your skin is damp and you need to reapply sunscreen, this can be a great way to go!

Note: This sunscreen costs twice as much as similar wet-skin sunscreens, so be sure to take that into account before purchasing.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection in convenient, easy-to-use spray form.
  • You can spray this on wet skin and the formula is very water-resistant.
  • Contains skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Amount of alcohol (it's the main ingredient) causes irritation that hurts skin's healing process and its ability to produce healthy collagen, but the convenience of use to protect from sun damage makes that forgivable.
  • Amount of film-forming agents can make it feel somewhat tacky.
  • Twice as expensive as similar wet-skin sunscreens at the drugstore.

CeraVe Wet Skin Spray SPF 30 is like no other sunscreen you've ever experienced. Apply to wet or dry skin for powerful protection from the sun's dangerous rays. Once applied to wet or dry skin, it forms a barrier that visibly repels water and retains ultimate protection. This lightweight formula spreads easily and dries with a clear finish. Ceramides help repair and restore the protective skin barrier. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the top layer of the skin.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (8%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (8%), Oxybenzone (5%); Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Polyester-7, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyester-8, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate.

Brand Overview

CeraVe At-A-Glance

Strengths: Affordable, gentle, and fragrance-free; some excellent moisturizers and facial cleansers; a well-formulated eye cream; products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; remarkably gentle baby care; good (but small) assortment of anti-aging products.

Weaknesses: SPF products would do better with the inclusion of antioxidants and more elegant textures; the Renewing SA products aren't as adept at treating keratosis pilaris as they could be.

This small-ish (but expanding( collection of skin-care products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas, many of which are more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. In short, this line is a real find!

CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use.

The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin. An interesting element for this product is the inclusion of phytosphingosine. It is an ingredient that research shows is effective in regulating damaged or diseased epithelial cells. It seems this ingredient can be a cell-communicating ingredient, albeit one that is best for compromised skin. However, given CeraVe is positioned for those struggling with psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea, that's a great addition. (Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, October 2003, pages 1135–1137).

It is for these reasons that all the CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price. You'll find a options for moisturizing, cleansing, baby care,broad spectrum sun protection (though many of the SPF products don't feel or look so great on skin), and baby care.

For more information about CeraVe, call 866-819-9007 or visit www.cerave.com.

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