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Local dermatologist recommends being picky with sunscreen choices as the UV index climbs this week

Sunscreen available at big box stores are not always the most up to date formulas.
Sunscreen available at big box stores are not always the most up to date formulas.
Sunscreen available at big box stores are not always the most up to date formulas.(WCAX)
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 7:23 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Thursday the UV index reached 10, a very high read that could lead to sun damage or burns within minutes of being outside.

Dr. Michael Swann from Swan Dermatology says that when the index is high, it’s more important than ever to lather on sunscreen before you head out.

With so many choices on the market though, which do you choose?

“I use to be a subscriber to the idea that any amount of sunscreen is better than none,” Dr. Swann says. “But in truth, now I only recommend mineral-based sunscreens.”

These ray blockers reflect the sun off your skin like a mirror, protecting you from those harmful UVs.

As far as chemical sunscreen, it is effective but more and more studies are indicating that they can lead to some toxic chemicals in your bloodstream. Swann says you might want to avoid those if you can.

He says sunscreen has made major strides over the past five years when it comes to protection and usability for day to day use.

Mineral sunscreens have a reputation for being chalky and streaky, but now they come in tinted colors so they offer the same protection without looking obviously applied.

Dr. Swann also says that a lot of the better brands and formulas of sunscreen aren’t found at large department stores. While they have improved most haven’t made it to the mainstream market. His recommendation is to avoid those and instead reach out to your dermatologist or find a good mineral one online.

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