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Apply spray-on sunscreen correctly to beat sunburn

Posted June 29

Summer means fun at the pool or beach, and a spray-on sunscreen makes application easier and faster.

The spray-on protectors only work if you put them on correctly, though. Otherwise, you could end up burned.

“The problem isn’t with the spray sunscreens themselves, it’s just that most people don’t apply them correctly," said Consumer Reports Health Editor Trisha Calvo.

The issue is that a quick spray does not get you covered.

To get proper coverage, you need to hold the nozzle close to your skin and spray until your skin glistens. Then rub it in.

Also, make sure you don’t inhale the mist. It can irritate your lungs. Consumer Reports recommends not using sprays on kids, but if you do, spray the sunscreen in your hands first then rub it onto your child.

Consumer Reports says to be prepared to spend more money if you go with a spray. Since some of the product usually escapes into the air, it's smart to spray yourself twice, which means proper protection costs extra.

Another reminder: no one should ever spray any sunscreen directly into their face. Always spray it into your hands first, then apply it.

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