Consumer Reports: Don’t Use Spray Sunscreens on Kids (Or Anyone, Really)

Avoid the spray bottle and use this kind of sunscreen instead | Shutterstock

Avoid the spray bottle and use this kind of sunscreen instead | Shutterstock

The FDA released an announcement in June that they were investigating the health risks of spray sunscreens. For now, Consumer Reports is urging parents to steer clear of spray sunscreens completely, if possible. One spray sunscreen in particular, Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50, was even removed from their list of recommended sunscreens due to the fact that it is marketed specifically for children.

So, what’s the big deal when it comes to spray bottles? Well, the biggest concern is the possibility that people might accidentally breathe in harmful ingredients. And when you mix a squirmy kid and a bottle of spray sunscreen together, that risk clearly goes up. Although Consumer Reports isn’t quite as worried about adults using spray sunscreens, they do warn against anyone using it on their face. But maybe it’s best if everyone, adults and kids alike, stays far away from spray sunscreens until the FDA investigates further. Better safe than sorry, right?

For the full report, go here.

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