Dr. Doug Grossman from Huntsman Cancer Institute explains why mineral-based sunscreens work well and why they are worth the extra cost.

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Jun 13, 2017 — Not all sunscreens are created equal. In fact, some sunscreens are actually ineffective. On today's Health Minute, skin cancer expert, Dr. Doug Grossman from Huntsman Cancer Institute explains why mineral-based sunscreens work well and why they are worth the extra cost.

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Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Not all sunscreens are created equal. Dr. Doug Grossman is a skin cancer expert at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He says if you really want the best protection from cancer causing UV rays, you should use the mineral base type.

Dr. Grossman: And these work as a physical UV blocker. UV rays just bounce off these minerals, and they stay on the skin, so they're very long lasting.

Interviewer: So they're kind of like a mirror?

Dr. Grossman: Yeah, and they block the entire UV spectrum. The other class of products are the chemical sunscreens, and these work by absorbing the highest energy UV rays, so they prevent sunburn, but some of the low energy rays still get through and cause damage.

Interviewer: So next time you're in the store buying sunscreen, look for lotions with zinc oxide, and/or titanium dioxide. They'll be a little bit more expensive, but they'll give you the maximum protection.

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