Call me lazy, but applying body moisturizer is sometimes a pain... it just seems to take forever. Ok, fine. I guess I am lazy (or A.D.D. or impatient or crazy). Perhaps the most inconvenient moments are at the beach when I have to slather myself in sunscreen, then wait at least half an hour before entering the sea (sure, I could apply the product 30 minutes beforehand but I'm lazy, A.D.D., impatient and crazy, remember?). Because of my incredible lack of desire in the physical aspect of hydrating my body (though it must be done, I love products and I appreciate it afterward!) I was stoked to discover Peter Thomas Roth's Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 ($28).
I was introduced to the Peter Thomas Roth brand years ago when I started a grooming column with Fashion Wire Daily. As an avid fan of grooming, I'm always keeping an eye on their section when I hit Sephora and I was happy to see one of their new products was the Continuous Sunscreen Mist, which I took to Kauai with me two weeks ago.
I sprayed the mist over my body and did not once have to rub it in (I've tried other sunspray mists that come out a little liquidy and rubbing is involved). It also penetrated rather quickly, so if I wanted to jump right into the ocean without compromising rubbing off of product, there was no risk whatsoever. The vitamin E also helps prevent sunburn. Lazy, crazy, A.D.D or impatient, I give it a thumbs up for anyone who wants a hassle-free beach experience (seriously...when was the last time a tube of sunscreen didn't ruin your beach towel or leak in your tote bag?), but at the same time, I'm a little ambivalent to fully recommend.
The primary sunscreen agents include avobenzone, oxybenzone, octinoxate and homosalate, ingredients that are constantly being reviewed as being hazardous in specific conditions and execution (such as environmental, biochemical and toxicity). One sunblock ingredient is fine, but all four packed in one bottle might be a bit much. Also, it's flammable so make sure you don't light up around the kids (while spraying, of course, unless you're a circus performer).