Spray-on sunscreens may seem like a no-fuss way to cover your body, but the FDA has not yet deemed them effective or safe. The agency has been reviewing data submitted by spray-sunscreen manufacturers for the past few years, but until these products are given the green light, EWG strongly advises against them. For one thing, there’s no telling how much of the sunscreen actually reaches and sticks to your skin. There’s also a potential danger in inhaling the tiny aerosolized particles. They could irritate the lungs and enter the bloodstream, EWG warns, and the long-term effects of either aren’t well known at this point.
Look for instead: Always choose lotions, creams, or deodorant-like sticks.
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