The Dangers of Spray On Sunscreen


Published 08/01 2014 10:12PM

Updated 08/04 2014 08:32AM

Stacy Filler said she likes using spray bottle sun screen, but that’s exactly what the Surgeon General is warning Americans about. Spray-on sunscreens are great, but you can't see the areas you've missed so you're likely to end up with a striped sun burn.

The Surgeon General released a call to action this week to help Americans prevent melanoma.

Other tips are:

            1. Apply one ounce of sunscreen.

            2. Apply 15 minutes before going outdoors.

            3. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.

            4. Use broad-spectrum protection, SPF of 30 or greater.

            5. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin.

            6. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn.

            7. Apply on cloudy days since harmful rays can still harm skin.

Another concern of the Surgeon General and FDA is spray sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which they are currently testing to determine whether or not its harmful to your kids.

Filler who was at Buckner Park Friday explained the importance of sun screen.

Filler said, "I’ve forgotten and they get all burnt and red and I fell bad so I know when I put it on and they don’t get burnt I know it worked."

Dermatologists say a common sunscreen myth is assuming sunscreen is water proof.  Courtney Dressler knows that reapplying is key.

"It says it is but I think after a while you have to reapply," said Dressler.

Filler said that the sun is really harmful to your skin and it’s important to protect it.

“It’s important to protect yourself.”

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