Consumer Reports is warning parents to not use spray sunscreen on their children -- at least for now.
Their reasoning? The Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating potential risks of spray sunscreens. That research began in 2011 and is still continuing.
"Of particular concern to us is the possibility that people might accidentally breathe in the ingredients, a risk that’s greatest in children, who — as any parent knows — are more likely to squirm around when they’re being sprayed," Consumer Reports said.
As a result, Consumer Reports said they don't recommend using spray sunscreen on or by children.
The organization has released their list of best sunscreens for babies and kids. They've also offered the following tips, which can also be found on their website:
• 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.