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Tips for Buying Sunscreen: Best Value at Best Price

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LAS VEGAS -- The Fourth of July weekend is almost here and for many people, plans include a trip to the pool or the lake. If you're in that group, you'll need to buy some sunscreen soon.

The 8 On Your Side team has a warning before you go shopping; a higher price doesn't actually mean the sunscreen is effective. According to Consumer Reports, some sunscreens don't actually meet the SPF claims on the bottles which means they don't give people the protection they paid for.

The report also found some concerns about ingredients in sunscreens. Some may contain zinc or titanium oxide. Doctors say those ingredients may do more harm than good.

Dr. Martin Safko is a Las Vegas dermatologist with 30 years of experience.

"They can perhaps interfere with some hormones. It is also worth considering there are some issues with titanium dioxide being a possible carcinogen," he said.

Dr. Safko also said the studies should not discourage people from using sunscreen in southern Nevada. That's because skin cancer is a big problem and protection is your best and only way to prevent getting the disease.

"The best sunscreen is the one that you will use. Any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen," Dr. Safko said.

He also said to apply a large amount of sunscreen. Doctors recommend a golf ball-sized amount each time you reapply.

The 8 On Your Side team put together a list of sunscreens that offer the best protection at the best price:

  • Target's Up & Up Sport – SPF 50
  • WalMart Equate Ultra Protection – SPF 50
  • Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport – SPF 50
  • Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch – SPF 30
  • Coppertone Sport High Performance – SPF 30
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