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Spraying sunscreen on your kids could be the worst thing you do this summer

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Consumer Reports is advising parents not to use spray sunscreen on their children until the Food and Drug Administration completes an investigation into its potential risks.  The FDA is concerned about the possibility that people might breathe in the ingredients and say children are at the greatest risk.

Consumer Reports now recommends the following:

  • 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.

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