Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock – How it Worked for Us!

It’s swimming season (finally!) and after the long brutal winter we’ve had, we are ready to get out in the sun.  Our summer activities include playing outside, trips to the park and my kids’ personal favorite – swimming!  With all this outdoor activity, I need a sunblock to keep up with my busy kids.  My kids are 2, 4, & 6 and will rarely stay still long enough to get a good amount of sunblock applied without a fight.  This is why I was super excited to try the new line of Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray.  A convenient spray that can be applied quickly even on wet skin?  Send it my way, I told them!

The new Neutrogena Wet Skin line consists of four different sunblock choices:

  • Wet Skin Kids Sunblock Spray SPF 70+
  • Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 50
  • Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 85+
  • Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Spray sunblock isn’t new.  It’s been done many times before.  So, what is *new* or different about the Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock?  Well, just as the name implies, it can be applied to wet skin.  Sure, other sprays can be applied to wet skin too but it’s drippy and it whitens and it’s just kind of gross.  Not Neutrogena Wet Skin!  It is designed with helioplex which is a “wet skin technology that instantly cuts through the water to form a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protective barrier.”  What that means in mom-talk is that you can spray the sunblock on your child right out of the water.  No need to towel off.

We tried the Wet Skin Kids Sunblock Spray SPF 70+ over the Memorial Day weekend.  Three full days of swimming in bright sunlight and 80 degree weather was a perfect opportunity to test it out.  With three kids in the pool for 5 hours each day, we went through the entire can of Wet Skin reapplying regularly.

Here is what we thought:

It’s fast and convenient because you just spray directly to dry or wet skin.  What I did think was funny is that I was done applying sunblock on one child with the Neutrogena spray before my brother-in-law was finished applying another cream sunblock to my niece.  While my child was already in the pool, I could hear my brother-in-law saying “this isn’t supposed to be fun!” to his child whining about the sunblock application!

It’s kind of crazy how Neutrogena Wet Skin works!  When applied to dry skin, it mists on clear and while you can tell there is a light layer of sunblock on the skin to the touch, it is not sticky,  goopy, heavy or oily.  When applied to wet skin it doesn’t get all drippy and gross and sprays on mostly clear (a tiny bit of white).  I love that when it is time to reapply, the child hops out of the water…I spray…they hop back in.  So quick!

Convenience is the top feature of Wet Skin!  I would like to note that since the sunblock was so lightweight, I felt a need to reapply more often than I would with traditional cream sunblocks.  The can doesn’t say how often to reapply but it does state to “reapply after swimming, excessive perspiration, towel drying or extended sun exposure.” That pretty much is a general “reapply as you see fit” statement.  So, I reapplied about every hour and a half.  Maybe that is why we went through an entire can?

Another thing that is worth mentioning is that since it sprays on clear, there is room for “user error”.  Meaning it leaves the door open to possibly miss areas of exposed skin.  When using cream, you can visually see all the thick, white gunk as you put it on.  While that is messy, you are able to see everywhere you put it.  With Neutrogena Wet Skin just make sure to take your time and apply thoroughly.

Other great features of the Wet Skin are that it is sweatproof, waterproof, oil free, PABA free, and hypoallergenic.  All good things!  Overall, I really like the convenience of Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock because I can apply it quickly and easily even on wet skin.  My only recommendations to parents is that you make sure you cover all areas of the skin and reapply often.

If you like what you have heard about the Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock – good news because when you buy online you will save $2 on all their sunscreen products! Click here to check out all their sunscreen products and to take advantage of the savings.


*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Neutrogena and received sunscreen to test for my review.   As always, all my opinions are my own!

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.


  1. I also have a red headed 4 year old. I have had great luck with this all last summer. Just as an FYI it does cause a yellowing of any white on their bathing suits. That is a real bummer as we have really cute suits

  2. Thank you so much for your review. I debated in the store the other day buying +the Neutrogena (they had 50spf but nothing higher) Wet Skin or the Banana Boat (110spf) that I have been using since my blonde headed blue eyed 3 children have been old enough to wear sunblock. I went with the Banana Boat 110spf anyway, but I am going for the Neutrogena next week. We live in SE Louisiana so they wear sunblock anytime they go outside. I used to get sun burned so many times as a child that I do not want any of my children going through what I did!!

  3. I have a 4 year old red haired boy with very fair skin who Is constantly in the pool and hates his sun cream. I lathered him up with the cream I normally use at 1.30 pm put on his rash vest and his swimming hat and off he went in the water. He got out at 3pm to have a rest and a snack and then I remembered about the wet skin kids sunscreen I got. I put it on him generously left it a little to soak in and off he went in the pool… He got out of the pool at 5 pm and his arms are bright red! Not at all happy with this product….. He has never been sunburnt in his life! Will not be recommending this to anyone, I have already let everyone I know with kids to not buy it.. Very upsetting to see him so burnt when I thought I was doing the right thing!

  4. As someone who has suffered from skin cancer, having an alternative like for the children is wonderful. I remember the horrible moments when my mother TRIED putting sunscreen on me and as soon as we went swimming… we had to do it all over again!

  5. I used this sunblock on myself while I was on vacation last month and loved it. In and out of the pool, sweating in the sun, and it still worked great.

  6. Thank you so much for writing this. I saw the commercials for this and I was really curious if it actually works. Now I know which sunscreen I’ll be buying this summer.


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