Warning: Don’t Use Spray Sunscreen on Kids

Photo: Prevention
Photo: Prevention

Despite the blotchy sunburn that sometimes results, spray-on sunscreen is a fast, easy alternative to the messy goup we’re usually stuck with. But Consumer Reports is advising parents to keep it away from kids, at least for now.

In 2011, the FDA announced it was investigating the potential risks of spray sunscreens. The verdict’s still out. So this week, Consumer Reports decided that until the FDA’s analysis is complete, the products should not be used on children. The issue is the nanoparticles found in the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in some sunscreens, which have caused developmental issues in animals. The FDA report will determine if these are more dangerous in spray form — a form that makes them much more easily inhaled.

Spray sunscreen can still be used on adults. But Consumer Reports instructs users to spray it on their hands before applying it on faces. In addition, CR indicates that spray screen is better than no sunscreen for kids.

As of right now, only one sunscreen, Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50, has been removed from Consumer Report’s top recommended sunscreens, and that’s because it’s marketed especially for children.

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