10 Easy Ways to Make Spray Sunscreens Safer for Kids

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Summer means beach trips, sprinklers, swimming pools … and oh yeah, pinning down your kids to slather them in sunscreen while they wriggle and whine. Many moms rejoiced when spray-on sunscreen came out ... only to hear numerous experts (including Consumer Reports) warning that the oh-so-convenient spray isn't all that safe for kids.

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It turns out spray sunscreens put kids at risk of inhaling what Sonya Lunder, senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group, calls "nano-particles" of zinc, alcohol and other harmful substances. In large enough quantities, these particles have been shown to cause developmental problems. Titanium dioxide, a popular component of many spray sunscreens, has even been listed as "possibly carcinogenic to humans," in a World Health Organization report.

But let's face it: spray sunscreen is often a mom's best shot at keeping her wriggling child safe from the sun's harmful rays -- which we all know also pose a cancer risk.

Fortunately there's plenty you can do to apply the sprays safely; heed this expert-approved advice to minimize the risks.   

Sunscreen Safety Tips for Moms

Did you know you don't have to wait 30 minutes before heading outside? Read more in #3! 

 

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