Lonely Planet Writer

These sunscreen-spraying booths could change your poolside experience forever

For many people, lounging poolside and soaking up some rays is their idea of an ideal holiday. And while it’s great to get that all important dose of Vitamin D, applying proper solar protection is crucial in hotter climates. With that in mind, one company is setting its sights on changing the sun-holiday experience all together, with the introduction of a brand new pool-side booth that has the ability to fully cover vacationers with the correct amount of sunscreen in just ten seconds.

The SnappyScreen can completely cover a user in sunscreen in just ten seconds.
The SnappyScreen can completely cover a user in sunscreen in just ten seconds. Image by SnappyScreen

Called the SnappyScreen, the booth is the world’s first touchless sunscreen application system, and allows users to select different options and sun protection factors according to their needs, with the choice between SPF 15, 30 and 40. Users make their selection before inputting their height into the machine (so that it knows exactly where to spray the sunscreen) before donning special glasses and stepping into the booth. The SnappyScreen booth then releases a light misting of sunscreen while a circular platform rotates the user, ensuring full coverage from head to toe in just ten seconds and without the need to rub it in.

The booths are completely weatherproof, designed to withstand extreme climates such as deserts and tropical locations, and uses a specially-developed high quality water-resistant sunscreen that does not damage or stain clothing, and is environmentally safe, as well as being paraben- and alcohol-free. Customers can pay with credit card, while the machines also have the ability to accept a SnappyScreen card that resorts and hotels can provide guests. So far the booths are available to use at ten locations across the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya in Mexico.
A SnappyScreen at the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya in Mexico. Image by SnappyScreen

“Not only does SnappyScreen provide you with protection, it’s also pretty cool because when you walk all you see is people taking videos of their kids spinning around in the machine and then they post it to the world on Facebook, so it helps to promote resorts as well”, said Brian Kramer, general manager of Hyatt Hotels, which has a booth at the Aruba Marriot Resort.

More information is available at the official SnappyScreen website.