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Summer is just around the corner (June 20th, for those who are wondering) and, after over a year of quarantine, it’s safe to say that everyone’s ready to get out there and have some fun in the sun.
But with longer days and warmer weather comes the age old summer skin question: How do I moisturize my dry summer skin without using overly thick, sticky, and oppressive lotions or body butters? After all, the last thing anyone wants to do on a hot summer day is lather on a thick layer of gooey lotion.
The answer: spray body lotion. Here’s everything you need to know about spray lotion and how to find the best one for your thirsty summer skin.
Sometimes, the last thing you want to do is put on lotion -- especially if you’re in a rush, if it’s hot out, or if you’re about to put on your outfit for the day. Luckily, there are a lot of alternatives to help solve this problem, including body oils, in-shower lotions, and spray lotions.
For many, spray lotions have quickly risen to the top of the list -- and with good reason. The right spray lotion is:
That said, you have to look for the right formula to really feel the benefits.
What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, you’ll want to avoid spray lotions that contain potentially harmful ingredients like:
Alcohols, in particular, are often incorporated into spray lotions in large quantities to help them dry more quickly on the skin - but they ultimately end up damaging your skin’s barrier and drying it out if present in really high quantities. Similarly, parabens are often used to preserve products and prevent the growth of bacteria or mold, but they can disrupt your endocrine system and even cause developmental disorders.
To avoid these concerns, look for spray lotions that contain a combination of humectants, emollients, and occlusives.
This may sound complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple. If you want to effectively hydrate your skin, you’ll need to apply ingredients that will draw in moisture (humectants) andingredients that will seal that moisture in (emollients and occlusives). Look, in particular, for non-comedogenic, skin-soothing options like:
You can also look for ingredients that help further soothe skin or treat specific skin concerns, including:
Translation? Glowing, hydrated, ultra-balanced skin.
Find all of these ingredients and more in the Island Time spray lotion here.