Consumer Reports: Why spray sunscreens may be a bust
CONSUMER REPORTS -- There are plenty of important details to consider, when choosing a sunscreen. The ingredients,
the S-P- F, how much you use and even when you apply it –– all factor in, to ensure you and
your family are protected. But it turns out, the way you apply it can also be key –– and
Consumer Reports says unless they’re handled with care, spray sunscreens may be a bust!
The problem isn’t with the spray sunscreens themselves, it’s just that most people don’t apply
them correctly. You might think it’s convenient to do a quick zip-zip with a spray, but in fact, in
Consumer Reports’ tests of sunscreens, they found you actually need to take great care when
applying them, or you may shortchange your sun protection.
Start, by holding the nozzle close to your skin –– and spraying, until the skin glistens. Then rub
it in, for more even coverage. Also, make sure you don’t inhale the mist. It can cause lung
Which is why Consumer Reports recommends not using sprays on kids. If you do choose to use
it on your children, spray the sunscreen into your hands, first - then rub it into your child’s skin.
And, be prepared to spend more if you go with a spray. Because some of the product can escape
into the air, it’s smart to spray yourself twice. Which means a good chunk of your sunscreen
dollars could actually be gone, with the wind.