Because there's absolutely nothing worse than getting a serious sunburn on your back. But, getting sunscreen on your rear view isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world, especially if you're soaking in a few rays sans the BF or friends.
Sure, you could always ask that random dude in the banana hammock to help (and he'd most certainly oblige), or you can do it yourself with the ergonomically-designed My Cabana Boy ($14). According to the company, you just snap in your spray lotion bottle, tilt your arm back and spray until your heart's content. It works with many brands, including Banana Boat, Bullfrog, Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, Neutrogena, Ocean Potion, Panama Jack, Australian Gold and Sun Bum.
Really... it's so easy that it can be summed up in seven seconds.
So, it's easy... but there's been some drama recently about the safety of continuous-spray sunscreens.
"The Consumer Report that recently came out warning against spray sunscreens is a precaution," says Dr. David E. Bank, dermatologist and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York. "The FDA is currently studying possible health risks for spray sunscreens. Until the study is complete, it would be a wise choice to only use lotion sunscreens on children."
For us adults? Spray on.
"It's really more of a matter of preference than which option is better," adds Dr. Bank. "Sprays are less messy and are generally more lightweight than lotions, but lotions offer more even coverage and tend to be moisturizing."
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