WARNING FOR PARENTS! Consumer Reports telling parents to NOT USE spray-on sunscreen!

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An important alert this afternoon for parents!

According to a new report, spray-on sunscreens can put your child at risk for asthma or allergy attacks! Consumer Reports released the news after the Food and Drug Administration announced in 2011 that they are studying the product as to whether or not it can be harmful when inhaled by children. The FDA is still undecided.

“We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” Consumer Reports says. “We have also removed one sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.”

CR cautions only to use sprays on children if no other product is available at the time. If that is the case, CR recommends adults spray the sunscreen onto their hands and then rub it on their kids, avoiding the eyes and mouth.

However, some folks think the spray-on sunscreens have benefits. Spence Crimmins of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., protects his 8-year-old with spray-on sunscreen because it “goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a thick residue.” His son, Ryan Crimmins, likes the spray because it doesn’t take long to apply, leaving more time for water activities.

“It’s just quick and easy and it’s really smooth and it doesn’t hurt my skin,” Crimmins said.

Dr. Sunil Joshi, a family asthma and allergy specialist, says spray-on sunscreens and all aerosol products should never be used on kids with respiratory symptoms. Joshi says the sprays can trigger allergy or asthma attacks.

“If there is a child who tends to cough or wheeze or gets head colds and now you are spraying in their face, they are very likely to have those same symptoms and that can persist for hours at a time,” Joshi said. He recommends sunscreens without scents and hypo-allergenic lotions.

Crimmins says despite the warning from Consumer Reports, he will continue using sprays on his children.

“It doesn’t persuade me because this is my youngest and we’ve used it since he was little and we have a 21-year-old and they are both doing just fine,” Crimmins said. When WTLV-TV polled 10 families in Jacksonville Beach, the station found 7 out of 10 parents use spray-on sunscreens for their youngsters.

Good to know! I will use lotions from now on!

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Britney Spears Fantasy Stage Edition

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As you may have seen, Britney Spears just announced her newest fragrance on her Facebook page, fantasy BRITNEY SPEARS™ Stage Edition that’s launching this July.

Coming soon…Fantasy Stage Edition! Same amazing scent, special limited ed bottle inspired by my fave performances

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The fragrance was inspired by some of Britney’s most memorable moments on stage – no one can forget when Britney rocked the stage with a python draped over her shoulders, and the fragrance bottle reflects this very moment. The fragrance itself is the beloved fantasy scent.


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Bug Sprays – that DON’T STINK!!

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It’s that time of year again! Camping, swimming, hanging out on the beach. Who doesn’t love sitting by the pool and laying out – or sitting by the fire after a day of camping – and roasting marshmallows? We all love it, no? You know what I DON’T LOVE? Dealing with mosquito’s! Seems like mosquito’s and camping go hand in hand. Each year as I’m packing for my trips I have to stock up on bug spray, and I hate freaking bug spray. It smells awful, feels awful, and I find it a necessary evil. Don’t we all?

You know I swear Oregon has kamikaze mosquito’s that will bite THROUGH your clothes.

Anyway, this summer there’s no need to suffer! I’ll be stocking up on these bad boys as soon as I get off here! Several companies have come out with good, clean smelling bug sprays! Where have you been all my life!

ABOVE: This bug spray repels insects without clogging pores with harsh dyes, petrochemicals and pesticides. $12.99, Bedbathandbeyond.com

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Dab on the serum or combine it with the rosemary-scented perfume spray for a fragrant combination that keeps bugs at bay. $6.25 – $29, Intelligentnutrients.com

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Safe for kids and adults to use, this clean-smelling spray deters fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and flies. $13.59, Target.com

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In what can only be described as the “fanciest bug spray ever,” this product blends notes of cedarwood, vanilla and citrus into a luxe repellant. $65, Aromaflage.com

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Don’t forget to enter our Saturdate ready prize pack from Walgreens & P&G

I work from home so its really easy to end up going the whole week with my hair tied up and no makeup. But come the weekend I love to style my hair and add a little bold makeup to go have some fun. Whether your “Saturdate” is with girlfriends or your significant other it always feels good to go out looking your best.

The best part is you don’t have to spend a lot to head out the door looking like a million bucks. With a little CoverGirl Ink It eyeliner and Bombshell mascara I am shocked how much more awake and vibrant my eyes look. Add the perfect shadow and  touch of CoverGirl  Coverlicious Lip Gloss and I’m ready to go. And the end of the night can be just as easy, I am in love with the Olay Fresh Effects Wipes they easily wipe away all my makeup even mascara without rubbing and leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

This  weekend, make sure to stop in at your local Walgreens for a SaturDate® With Beauty from 10 – 5. This Saturday the event will feature Procter & Gamble brands Pantene, Olay Fresh Effects and COVERGIRL. Walgreens Beauty Advisors will be on hand to offer tips and answer any questions. You’ll find special discounts, too, including Buy one get one 50% off all COVERGIRL and Olay Fresh Effect products and Pantene will be 2 for $7!

From June 29th to July 5th, you can visit any Walgreens store to get the following offers:

  • Buy one get one 50% off across all CoverGirl & Olay products
  • Pantene products will be 2 for $7

 

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One lucky MakeHerUp reader is going to win a fabulous prize package that contains a variety of P&G beauty products from CoverGirl, Olay and Pantene including:

  • COVERGIRL Coverlicious Lip Gloss
  • Olay Fresh Effects Wipes
  • COVERGIRL Ink It Eyeliner
  • Pantene Rehab Cream
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Mascara
  • Olay Dew Over
  • Flamed Out Eyeshadow
  • $25 Walgreens Gift Card

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Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post. I was sent samples of the prizes mentioned, all opinions are my own.


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