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Skin Care Festival highlights dangers and ways to protect yourself from the sun

Dr. Oliver Wisco recommends mineral-based zinc or titanium sunscreens, instead of the chemical kinds, because they offer more protection. (KATU)

With summer coming, now is the time to protect yourself from the often dangerous and sometimes deadly effects of the sun from skin cancer.

That's where Saturday's Skin Care Festival at Oregon Health & Science University comes in.

“If we can reach out to the community and get them to be more aware of the risks they're incurring or their underlying risk, we can make a significant impact on this disease,” said Dr. Oliver Wisco, an OHSU melanoma specialist.

“What you should never be doing is laying directly out in the sun getting the sun,” he said.

The 7th annual event at the Collaborative Life Sciences building on the South Waterfront features skin care experts, free cancer screenings and plenty of sunscreen tips and samples.

"Don’t get the sun you don’t need,” Wisco said. “If you can avoid the midday sun, that’s great. That being said, if it’s a beautiful day out at the beach and you’re out there, go enjoy it. However, cover up with sunscreen.

Dr. Wisco recommends mineral-based zinc or titanium sunscreens, instead of the chemical kinds, because they offer more protection.

“If you look at the data for the most part they’re both safe, but we usually advocate for the zinc because it has slightly better data,” he said.

From OHSU:

Professionals from various skincare fields will be on-hand to offer free services, samples, tips and info.

Tables/services include:

Aestheticians/Cosmetologists: Mini facials, makeup application, parafin dips with hand massages, laser treatment consultations, mini exfoliations, brow threading, lip scrubs, 1 coat manicures & fake lash applications

Acupuncture: 10-minute acupuncture sessions

Men's Services: Men's shaving line-ups, beard treatments and hair cuts

Hair stylists: Mini styling sessions, scalp massage

Massage therapy: 10-minute chair massages

Retailers: Skin care products, sunscreens, SPF clothing, jewelry

Spray tan technicians: Spray tan, skin quench spray

NW Melanoma 5k Walk & Fun Run

Registration opens 8:30 a.m. — Walk begins 9:30 a.m.

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