Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, SD Alcohol 40, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mineral Oil.Sure, there are some "natural" ingredients in there, but the first 4 ingredients are sunblocks and not intended for inhalation.
The instructions on most bottles say to hold it 4-6 inches away from the skin and spray liberally. For the
face, they suggest spraying it on one hand and rubbing it onto the face. Aside from my concern for all the children being sprayed, directly, my most immediate concern is my daughter's asthmatic lungs being suddenly bombarded from all angles, as people pop up spraying their children left and right, when we walk near the lockers, or areas where people get ready to swim. It's like walking through a mine field. You're just walking along and suddenly *PSSSHHH* there is this huge cloud in your face and it's hard to avoid. We try to walk briskly out of the cloud and then *PSSSHHH* another person is spraying.
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So, I ask you to consider reevaluating your choice of sunscreen, for your own health, the health of your children, and for those around you. We want everyone to breathe easy, while having fun in the sun!1) No Spray SunscreensGiven the ease of applying them on squirming kids and hard-to-reach areas, these super-popular aerosolized sunscreens may seem like a dream come true. But there’s growing concern that these sprays pose serious inhalation risks. They also make it too easy to apply too little or to miss a spot, leaving bare skin exposed to harmful rays.Even though the Food and Drug Administration expressed concern in 2011 about the safety and efficacy of spray sunscreens, companies continue to turn them out.
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Great article. Not that it makes it any better but I hold a hat or towel over their face when I spray specifically for this reason. We don't use spray air freshener either. It just seems wrong to spray those chemicals into our air.ReplyDelete
Thanks - at least your kiddos have some filtering going on!Delete
Yes, it always boggles my mind when I see automatic fragrance dispensers/air fresheners at allergists' offices! Are they trying to create more patients? ;)