08.31.2016
200
SUNSCREEN Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 43
3.8 fl. oz. for $25
Expert Rating
Community Rating (3)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:08.31.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Paula's Choice SUNSCREEN Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 43 is a very good fragrance-free option for the body or face. The formula uses a fluid silicone base instead of alcohol; most spray-on sunscreen formulas are alcohol-based which can dry and sensitize skin. Its mix of actives includes stabilized avobenzone, which when combined with the others, provides broad spectrum protection.

If you're using it for the face, it is suitable for any skin type due to its fluid nature—those with dry to very dry skin will need to layer this over a moisturizer, while those with oily to combination skin may find its lack of moisture a beneficial quality.

As this is a non-alcohol, silicone-based spray, it applies with a very wet consistency that takes about 10 minutes to dry. In other words, this isn't a spray and go formula, but once it has dried completely, you'll forget you're wearing it. However, if you are using this for the face, be aware that it leaves a sheen behind that may or may not be to your preference.

SUNSCREEN Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 43 earned its rating for its fragrance free and broad-spectrum formula (that isn't alcohol based). We would have liked to have seen more in the way of antioxidants, but it has enough going for it that this can be overlooked, especially if layered over an antioxidant-rich moisturizer.

Pros:
  • Broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen formula.
  • Lightweight, non-alcohol based spray (most spray sunscreens are alcohol based).
  • Suitable for the face or body.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Spray top works from any angle.
Cons:
  • Lacks a comprehensive array of antioxidants.
Community Reviews
Claims

Provides broad-spectrum sun protection in an alcohol-free, lightweight formula. Sprays from any angle for hard-to-reach areas. Absorbs quickly. Ideal for active use on-the-go. 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 8%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.5%, Oxybenzone 5.0%Inactive Ingredients:Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient/texture-enhancing), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (emollient), VP/Hexadecane Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant),Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Phenyl Trimethicone (hydration), Panthenyl Triacetate (emollient).
Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable.

The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.


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Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable.

The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.