Consumer Reports: How to apply spray sunscreen properly

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Consumer Reports and 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney teamed up for a report to let you know how to use spray sunscreen properly to ensure you and your family don't get burned. (KGO-TV)

Have you ever wondered if those spray sunscreens are worth it? If so, 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney partnered up with Consumer reports to let you know.
There are plenty of important details to consider when choosing a sunscreen, such as the ingredients, SPF, how much you use, and even when you apply it.

They 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.

If you use spray sunscreens, make sure to apply them properly or you may get burned. "The problem isn't with the spray sunscreens themselves, it's just that most people don't apply them correctly," Consumer Reports health editor Trisha Calvo said.

You may think it's convenient to do a quick zip-zip with a spray. However, Consumer Reports' tests of sunscreens found you actually need to take great care when applying them, or you may short change your sun protection.
Start by holding the nozzle close to your skin and spray until the skin glistens. Then, rub it in for more even coverage. "I"m sure everybody's seen a parent, running after their child at the beach or the pool, spraying behind them. But that's not an effective way to protect your skin," Calvo said.

Also, make sure you don't inhale the mist as it can cause lung irritation. This 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, and 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.

Consumer Reports also says that no one, kids or adult should ever spray any sunscreen directly into their face. It should always be sprayed into your hands first.

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