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Spray Sunscreen Ingredients: What You Need to Know

How well do you understand the complex world of spray sunscreen ingredients crucial to your product offerings? Diving into these components is vital for any brands aiming to excel in the sun care industry.

With extensive experience in the cosmetic industry, we bring a deep understanding of ingredient efficacy and safety, essential for product development.

Formulating spray sunscreens is a precise balance between effectiveness and user experience. The selection and interaction of ingredients impacts protection, sensory experience, and ease of application.

In this guide, we’ll explore the key components of spray sunscreen formulations, revealing how they contribute to overall product efficacy and consumer appeal.

Read on for an in-depth analysis of these vital ingredients.

1. SPF Agents

SPF Agents are the cornerstone of sun protection, responsible for shielding the skin from harmful UV radiation. These agents, varying in their ability to absorb or block different spectrums of sunlight, are crucial in determining the effectiveness of spray sunscreens. Here are some of the notable SPF Agents:


Avobenzone stands out in sunscreen formulations for its exceptional ability to absorb UVA rays, which are known for causing deep skin damage and aging. According to Healthline, while Avobenzone may block UVA rays in sunscreens, it can be unstable under light exposure, so it’s often paired with other ingredients like mexoryl, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, contributing to a broad-spectrum protection profile.


Octisalate is a critical UVB absorber in sunscreens, primarily tasked with shielding the skin from the rays that cause sunburn. Its oil-soluble nature aids formulation, improving texture and spreadability. It works harmoniously with other UV filters, increasing SPF for complete sun protection. For example, in sprays and lotions, it blends seamlessly, contributing to a lightweight feel without compromising protection.


Octocrylene is notable for its dual ability to absorb both UVB and short UVA rays, providing a wide range of sun protection. It acts as a stabilizer for more sensitive sunscreen ingredients, prolonging the efficacy and stability of the overall formulation. Additionally, its water-resistant properties make it an ideal component in sunscreens designed for outdoor activities and water exposure.

2. UV Filters

UV filters in sunscreens act as shields against harmful ultraviolet rays, either by absorbing or reflecting them. These ingredients are vital for ensuring broad-spectrum protection and skin safety in sun care products. Here are key UV filters commonly used in spray sunscreens:


Homosalate is a widely used UVB absorber in sunscreen formulations, known for its effectiveness in preventing sunburn. It absorbs UV radiation, thereby preventing it from penetrating the skin. This ingredient is essential in achieving and maintaining the desired SPF level in sunscreen products. For example, in sunscreen labeled SPF 30, homosalate is often a critical ingredient contributing to its high level of protection.


Oxybenzone stands out as a broad-spectrum UV filter, absorbing both UVA and UVB rays, thus offering comprehensive sun protection. While it is effective, there are concerns about its potential effects on both human skin sensitivity and environmental health, particularly in marine ecosystems. Despite these concerns, it remains a common component in many sunscreen products due to its high UV absorption efficacy.

3. Emollients

Emollients are key ingredients in spray sunscreens, primarily used to soften and moisturize the skin. They play a crucial role in enhancing the sensory experience, ensuring the sunscreen spreads smoothly and evenly without leaving a greasy residue. Here are prominent emollients often incorporated into spray sunscreen formulations:


A silicone-based polymer, Dimethicone, stands out in sunscreen formulations for its exceptional skin-smoothing abilities. It creates a non-greasy, protective barrier that locks in moisture and ensures even sunscreen distribution, enhancing the product’s overall sensory appeal. TY Cosmetic expertly utilizes Dimethicone in sunscreen formulations, capitalizing on its skin-smoothing properties.


A fatty alcohol, Octyldodecanol, plays a critical role in improving the texture and spreadability of spray sunscreens. It serves as a gentle emollient, providing a soothing effect on the skin and enhancing the product’s overall feel. This also helps stabilize the formulation, ensuring a consistent and effective sun protection experience.

Here’s a table outlining the role and benefits of Octyldodecanol in spray sunscreens:

FunctionDescriptionBenefit in Spray Sunscreens
Texture ImprovementOctyldodecanol enhances the texture of sunscreens.Makes the sunscreen more pleasant and easy to apply.
SpreadabilityAids in spreading the sunscreen evenly across the skin.Ensures comprehensive and even sun protection coverage.
Emollient PropertiesActs as a gentle emollient on the skin.Provides a soothing effect, enhancing user comfort and skin feel.
Formulation StabilityHelps in stabilizing the sunscreen formulation.Guarantees consistent efficacy and quality of the sun protection.

4. Additional Protective Components

Additional protective components in spray sunscreens offers enhanced skin benefits and stability. These ingredients play a vital role in elevating the product’s overall effectiveness and user experience. Here are essential additions that enrich sunscreens beyond basic UV protection:


Antioxidants are vital ingredients in sunscreen formulations, protecting skin from UV damage by counteracting free radicals, reducing sun-induced aging. Here are key antioxidants commonly used:

  • Vitamin E: A natural antioxidant, Vitamin E, plays a critical role in protecting skin cells from oxidative damage caused by UV radiation. It enhances sunscreen efficacy by neutralizing free radicals and maintaining skin health. Its inclusion in spray sunscreens boosts sun protection and promotes skin nourishment and repair.
  • Green Tea Extract: Rich in polyphenols, green tea extract, offers strong antioxidant benefits in sunscreen formulations. It protects the skin from environmental stressors, particularly UV-induced oxidative stress. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it valuable for soothing skin and enhancing sun protection products.

Skin-Nourishing Ingredients

Skin-nourishing ingredients in sunscreens go beyond mere sun protection, offering hydration, soothing, and repair to the skin, essential for its health and resilience against sun exposure. Here are key ingredients that showcase these nourishing benefits in sunscreens:

  • Aloe Vera: A natural ingredient renowned for soothing and hydrating, Aloe Vera, is perfect for formulations targeting sensitive or dry skin. TY Cosmetic values the inclusion of Aloe Vera in sunscreen formulations for its exceptional skin-soothing properties.
  • Glycerin: A well-known humectant in skincare, Glycerin, attracts and retains moisture, keeping the skin hydrated under the sun. This property is especially beneficial in sunscreens, ensuring that the skin remains moisturized and comfortable during prolonged exposure.

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Understanding the complexities of spray sunscreen ingredients is essential for developing effective and safe sun protection products. This guide has offered a thorough understanding, equipping you with knowledge into selecting and combining the right components for your formulations.

If you’re seeking expertise in developing top-tier spray sunscreen products, TY Cosmetic is your go-to resource. Contact us to elevate your skincare offerings through our specialized expertise.

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With more than 10 years of experience in OEM/ODM/Private Label Cosmetics, I'd love to share with you the valuable knowledge related to cosmetics & skincare products from a top-tier Chinese supplier's perspective.

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