As we live in the age of comfort, we have grown accustomed to have made everything easy for us. When it comes to sunscreen lotions, we have a wide array of products to choose from. There are products recommended for adults and others for children. We have chemical and mineral sunscreens, products with low and high SPF. Diversity is the word of the day, including when it comes to the actual application process. Spray-on sunscreens have become more and more popular in the past few years, due to the comfortable application. But are they safe? Let’s find out more information on the subject!
According to the specialists in the field, spray-on sunscreen lotions present a high risk for side-effects. This is because, before the lotion actually reaches the skin, it is inhaled and reaches the lungs. You might think that it is a safe sunscreen to use but, no matter how much you try to protect yourself from it, a little part will reach the respiratory system and cause irritation. Doctors recommend that one covers both the nose and the mouth when applying spray-on sunscreen, so as to keep the risk of irritation down to a minimum.
The risk of side-effects is even higher when it comes to children. Most parents are concerned when it comes to the skin care of their kids, but they also want their beach experience to be as pleasant as it is possible. This is the reason they will use spray-on sunscreen, as it takes less time to apply it (and it is also more simple). Studies have demonstrated that some of the ingredients contained in sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, might have a more harmful effect when being used in the spray-on form. Moreover, kids present a higher sensitivity to such products, as their body is still growing (as well as the respiratory system).
If you do insist on using spray-on sunscreen, it is recommended that you spray it on your hands first and then spread it on the rest of the body. Most importantly, never spray it on your face, as you might expose yourself to the risk of inhalation. Specialists are trying at the moment to determine whether the safety of spray-on sunscreens is reduced due to the high content of harmful chemicals or because the inhaled substances have an irritating effect at the level of the lungs. In children, such products might actually trigger asthma attacks, so it is indicated to be avoided altogether.
There is one more aspect to consider when it comes to spray-on sunscreens. Many of these products contain alcohol, which increases the risk of burns, in the situation that they are applied near an open fire. There are a lot of people who apply spray-on sunscreens near open flames, without being aware of the risks they expose themselves to. Specialists draw attention to such risks, as they consider the risk of catching fire from a BBQ-grill or even a scented candle is high. So, the next time you plan on applying spray-on sunscreen, makes sure that you take the necessary caution measures.
Why are children more at risk when it comes to spray-on sunscreen? If you have kids, you probably know the answer to that question. If not, let us share some light on the subject. Children fidget a lot and they usually lack the patience to wait for their entire body to be covered in sunscreen. This is also the reason parents choose the spray-on lotion, as they consider it will be easier to apply it. However, all the fidgeting also means that the risk of inhaling the safe sunscreen is higher.
And don’t think that just because you are an adult, you are not exposed to such things. You might inhale the product while spraying it on someone else or, without knowing, you might be applying it incorrectly. The main idea behind sunscreen lotion was to protect yourself against the harmful action of the sun. So, the next time when you reach for the spray-on sunscreen on the shelf, thinks about your health. Choose a lotion or a cream, as these are better for your health and the one of the entire family.
To summarize, it cannot be said for certain how extensive the damage done by spray-on sunscreens might be. However, it is known that the risk of inhaling harmful nanoparticles is high, especially in children. Both adults and children, when exposed to such chemical substances, can develop allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Children present an especially high risk to such products, as they tend to fidget and inhale the spray-on sunscreen in larger quantities. If you do insist on using these products, respect the application guidelines and never spray the lotion near the mouth, nose or eyes.