Thursday, June 7, 2012


Have you seen the news about a Massachusetts man who reportedly got second-degree while grilling? This after applying sunscreen.              

And what, exactly, is the risk that this will happen to you?
Consumer Reports does not test for flammability when we review sunscreens, but in general we recommend applying sunscreen about 20 minutes before you head outside so that it has time to soak in before you go out into the sun. Waiting that 20 minutes could also mean you avoid the scenario reported yesterday from Massachusetts.
According to CR, the problem was likely the result of "droplets from the spray" that hadn't been fully absorbed, and that were ignited when the would-be griller neared his Weber.

So what's the bottom line? CR recommends:
[T]hat you don't use any spray sunscreens on your children. The Food and Drug Administration is exploring the risks of inhaling spray sunscreens, which are greatest among children. Until the agency completes its analysis, we recommend that spray sunscreens not be used on or by children unless you have no other product available. If that's the case, spray it on your hands first, then rub it on your child. And as with all sunscreens, be especially careful when applying it to a child's face, taking care to avoid eyes and mouth.
They even provide a handy sunscreen buying guide.

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