Baby’s First Kiss Air Powered Spray Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Baby's First Kiss Air Powered Spray Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 presents a unique way to apply mineral-based sunscreen from the neck down—not only on children, but on adults too. While the non-greasy, matte finish may appeal to those with oily skin, the quick-dry formula presents challenges for other skin types (including babies).
First the good news: We're excited that this is a mineral-only (titanium dioxide) sunscreen—a rare find in a SPF sprays! More to love, it contains antioxidant-rich plant extracts to nourish skin and help ward off free radicals from sun damage. We also appreciate that the broad-spectrum sun protection is rated for 40 minutes of water resistance—a major plus for pool days with the kiddo.
Now for the not-so-good news. With babies in mind, it's a bit surprising that Kiss My Face went with such an absorbent formula—that's great for adults with oily skin, but baby skin typically falls on the normal to dry end of the spectrum. With this degree of matte finish, this sunscreen can feel too drying for babies and young children. What's more, because it dries down so quickly it can be difficult to rub in evenly on your little one. We were also thrown off by the inclusion of potentially irritating lavender flower extract (which means this technically isn't fragrance-free as claimed).
Because the ingredients are listed alphabetically (instead of in order of the highest to lowest amount), it's difficult to gauge how great the risk of irritation is from the lavender. On the upside, you can't smell it and it's in the extract form rather than the more irritating oil form, but we wish they would have omitted it all together.
The bottle clearly states "don't spray on face + neck" and we agree—it's best to use a separate (non-spray) sunscreen so you don't risk getting this into eyes, or spray this into your hands first and apply as you would any other sunscreen. We also have to point out that as the liquid-lotion texture is sprayed out and blended into skin it leaves a whitish, almost ashy cast (which will be even more noticeable on medium to deep skin tones). However, looking at the glass being half full, if you're applying this to your child the whiteness can actually be helpful because it allows you to see where you've already applied.
All in all, while there are some things to like about this unique mineral sunscreen spray, the lavender extract is a bit of a gamble as is the very absorbent finish, particularly for babies' sensitive skin. See our list of top-rated water resistant sunscreens for more workable and aesthetically pleasing bets for your little one's skin.
- Quick way to apply mineral-based sunscreen from the neck down.
- Delivers broad-spectrum, water-resistant sun protection.
- Ultra-absorbent formula can end up feeling drying, particularly on dry skin.
- Leaves a white cast on skin (although that can be helpful to see where you've applied on your little one).
- Contains potentially irritating lavender extract; not fragrance-free as claimed.
- Not ideal for babies skin.
Kiss My Face At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; generous sizes; some very good sunscreens, occasional use of antioxidants without troublesome plant extracts; some fragrance-free products.
Weaknesses: Nearly all products contain one or more problematic plant extracts or volatile plant oils; the Obsessively Organic line is a dud; no products to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; several bar soaps; no reliable AHA or BHA products; irritating toners; problematic self-tanner.
Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.
Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.
What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.
For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.
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