Beautiful beach on Marco Island, Florida. My wife and myself are sitting in our chairs watching the calm water, enjoying this special atmosphere of total relaxation, an alternate reality where the world is free of worries and all beauty of life is in the moment.
A family came and settled not too far. The chairs, the umbrella and the usual beach stuff. And then our idyllic reality started to crumble. People took out the can and started to spray the sunscreen on each other. We started to choke. This bittersweet toxic smell brought us back to reality: even on Marco beach there is no escape from toxins that slowly kill humanity.
We looked at each other in panic – what do we do? We ran away to take a swim in hopes that the fumes will dissipate after a while. Well..not quite. These people went into the water also and of course they used the spray again after.
And I was wondering: we could not breathe from 30 feet away. How did they manage to stay alive? The stuff is awful! Just by the smell of it I figured it cannot be good for you. Even if people use sunscreen lotion nearby it smells bad. So I did some research.
Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreens for kids. JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Don’t spray your kids with sunscreen, at least for now, Consumer Reports says.http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/07/09/consumer-reports-spray-on-sunscreen-children/12438109/
On its website, the FDA has also warned of the potential for the spray sunscreen to catch on fire after it has been applied.
In fact, sunscreen can pose as much (or more) danger to your kid than the UV rays it’s protecting her from. Here’s a look at some of the hidden dangers, as well as tips to ensure your child has safe fun in the sun. http://www.education.com/magazine/article/is-sunscreen-safe/
Researchers have found that the chemicals and/or minerals in the vast majority of commercially available sunscreens — even the rub-in creamy or oily varieties — can cause health problems just from ordinary use; inhaling them only magnifies the risks. http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-safe-are-spray-sunscreens
As for spray varieties, EWG recommends avoiding them entirely: “These ingredients are not meant to be inhaled into the lungs.” With so little known about the effects of sunscreen chemicals on the body when rubbed into the skin, we may never know how much worse the effects may be when they are inhaled. But suffice it to say: When your neighbor at the beach is spraying down Junior, it’s in your best interest to turn away and cover your nose and mouth. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/avoiding-spray-sunscreens/
NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics, and body fragrances is highly toxic to corals. The team’s data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2, or BP-2, can quickly kill juvenile corals. BP-2 is an additive used in personal-care products since the 1960s to protect against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/feb14/sunscreen.html
Many years ago we decided not to use any sunscreen. No lotions, no sprays.
Umbrella works just fine. We are being careful not to spend too much time under direct sun. Maybe 15 minutes first day and slowly increase the exposure but never more than an hour a day. Usually we take a break after 3 or four days. There are other activities available. We did not get a sun burn in the last 10 years.
I am not saying that you should never use sun screens. When we go skiing in Colorado it is a must to put the sun block on your face, especially nose. The sun is brutal in the mountains and I would loose my nose without the sun block. Just use some common sense easy precautions to avoid the sun burn.
Sun made life possible on our planet. It cannot be bad for us. Just please use it in Moderation.