I don't know when spray sunscreen came along, but
I've been a user for years.
both for myself and for my kids.
It's less messy and easier to spray on as they run
out the door to play.
But, consumer reports and the fda warn tonight - not
only is the spray less effective - it can be dangerous.
FIRST, THE POTENTIAL DANGERS.
THE FDA HAS BEEN STUDYING SPRAY SUNSCREEN SINCE 2011.
SAYING IT COULD CAUSE ASTHMA OR ALLERGY ATTACKS IN
THEY HAVEN'T REACHED A CONCLUSION YET.
BUT, IT'S NOT HARD TO IMAGINE, IF YOU'VE EVER SPRAYED
IT ON AND FOUND YOURSELF IN A TOXIC FOG.
ASIDE FROM THAT, CONSUMER REPORTS FINDS - IT'S JUST
NOT ALL THAT EFFECTIVE.
IT'S HARD TO TELL IF YOU'RE REALLY COVERED.
ON A WINDY DAY, A LOT OF THAT SPRAY GETS AWAY BEFORE
IT GETS TO YOUR SKIN.
TO REALLY GET COVERED, STAY WITHIN 4-6 INCHES WHEN
BECAUSE THE SPRAY DISSIPATES, YOU ARE PROBABLY SPENDING
MORE MONEY ON SUNSCREEN IF YOU STICK TO THE SPRAY.
IF YOU ONLY HAVE THE SPRAY, SPRAY IT ON YOUR HANDS
FIRST, THEN APPLY TO YOURSELF OR YOUR KIDS.
THAT WILL REDUCE THE RISK OF INHALING THE MIST.
AND, BE AWARE THAT THE SPRAY SUNSCREENS MAY BE FLAMMABLE.
MORE THAN 20 BRANDS WERE RECALLED LAST YEAR BECAUSE
OF BURNS PEOPLE SUFFERED USING THE SPRAY NEAR A FLAME
LIKE A BARBECUE GRIL.
The bottom line.
if you have a choice, ditch the spray.
IT's probably not worth the risk and the cost.
But, if it's all you have, the experts say, it's still
better than nothing.
I'm Melissa Luck, kxly4 News.