PORTLAND-- With the week full of sunshine ahead, a warning about sunscreens. Not all of them are created equal.
The Oregon Environmental Council says when it comes to keeping you and your kids healthy in the sun there are just a few tips to follow:
1) Avoid those spray sunscreens. Although easy to use, sprays often contain chemicals that can easily be inhaled.
2) Stay away from sunscreens with super-high SPF's
The danger with the high SPF sunscreens over 50 is that people think that they re protected, so there s no guarantee it s going to work any better than 50, said Jen Coleman with the Oregon Environmental Council.
3) Don't use sunscreens containing oxybenzone.
While the chemical does help protect your skin from sun damage, it can also cause allergic reactions.
Dr. Sancy Leachman, chair of the Department of Dermatology at OHSU, said she prefers the mineral sunblocks.
I do stick with the physical blockers I stick with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and I have no other active ingredients... I don t use the chemicals sunscreens, she said.
Dr. Leachman says the best thing you can do is cover your skin with clothing, wear sunglasses, and make your kids wear them too. In fact, she says the younger the better.
But the experts agree that any sunscreen, even the kind with chemicals, is better than no sunscreen at all.