When it comes to sunscreen safety, what’s this talk about the need to avoid spray-on sunscreens?
It’s hot outside and before you head out on the beach, the lake or outside, you want to make sure your skin and that of your kids’ are protected. But are you now compromising sunscreen safety if you use one of those spray-on sunscreens on your child?
In response to the The Food and Drug Administration announcement last month that it was investigating the potential risks of spray sunscreens–the possibility that kids might accidentally breathe in the ingredients–the advocacy group Consumer Reports recommended that such products should not be used on kids as a general rule.
Consumer Reports even “removed one sunscreen spray—Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50—from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen Ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.”
The recommendations now from the group now:
• Don’t use sprays on children, unless you have no other product available. In that case, spray the sunscreen onto your hands and rub it on. As with all sunscreens, be especially careful on the face, taking care to avoid the eyes and mouth.
• Adults can still use sprays—but don’t spray your face! Instead, spray on your hands and rub it on, making sure to avoid your eyes and mouth. And try to avoid inhaling it.
• Make sure you apply enough. Our tests have found that sprays can work well when used properly—but it is harder to make sure that you apply enough, especially when it’s windy. We recommend spraying as much as can be evenly applied, and then repeating, just to be safe. On windy days, you might want to spray the sunscreen on your hands and rub it on—or just choose one of our recommended lotions instead.