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StyleBakeryTeen posted an eye-opening article today about the safety of sunscreen. We all know how essential it is to wear SPF every day — even when it’s cloudy, even in the winter. But did you know that there are some commonly used ingredients in your sunscreen that can actually cause skin cancer? Find out four things you need to know when shopping for sun care.

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Like most women hovering around age 40, we begin to see noticeable changes in our skin. Whether it’s fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation issues, loss of tone, sun damage or dry skin, it’s a fact that our skin just isn’t the same as it was when we were 20. Accordingly, it makes perfect sense that our skincare regime should evolve as we age — what works for a 20-year-old may not be enough for a 40-year-old. Here are some tips on how to tailor your skincare routine to your age.


Age 20

Sun Protection — The most important thing you can do for your skin at any age is to use sun protection. Any tanning or burning you do now will affect your skin later in life. So while a tan may make you look good for the moment, you’ll regret the sun exposure later in life, I promise you. Stick to sunless tanners and wear SPF 30 or more every single day — yes, even in the winter. Be sure to protect not only your face, but your neck, chest and hands.

Individualized Skincare — Depending on the needs of your skin, use products that address any issues you may face including acne and dry or oily skin. Cleansers, moisturizers, and acne treatments should be part of your daily routine.


Age 30

Continue to use your daily sun protection and acne products if needed. In addition, add the following:

Exfoliate & Cleanse — Choose an exfoliating cleanser or use a cleansing brush to exfoliate regularly. Be sure to use a gentle, non-drying cleanser.

Moisturizer — If you’re not already using a daytime and nighttime moisturizer, start now as skin begins to lose some of its natural moisture.

Eye Cream — Fine lines begin to form in our 30s, so begin adding an anti-aging eye cream to your morning and evening routine.

Anti-Aging Serums/Creams — It’s never too early to start tackling the aging process. Look for products that contain retinoids to improve skin’s texture and tone, and Vitamin C to fight free radicals.

Skin Brighteners — Pregnancy and sun damage can cause melasma, discoloration, or pigmentation issues, so look for a skin brightener if needed.


Age 40

Continue to use your daily sun protection and acne products or skin brighteners if needed, along with your exfoliator and gentle cleanser.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer — Women in their 40s will begin to see a loss of skin tone, increased dryness, and fine lines and/or wrinkles, so an anti-aging moisturizer is essential for day and night. Look for ingredients that build collagen (like peptides and retinoids) and retain moisture (like hyaluronic acid).

Anti-Aging Regime — In addition to moisturizers, anti-aging eye creams and serums are important.


Age 50+

Continue to use your daily sun protection, anti-aging regime, eye creams, and serums, and acne products or skin brighteners if needed, along with your exfoliator and gentle cleanser.

Moisturizers — Dry skin and sagging are our biggest concerns at this age. Avoid any products that tend to dry out skin and keep skin well hydrated day and night. A richer moisturizer and ingredients like hyaluronic acid can help.

Retinoids — Whether as a separate treatment or as an ingredient in moisturizers or serums, a retinoid like retinol will help stimulate collagen and improve skin’s tone and texture to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.



NewOlayLogo_BlackOnWhite.jpg.jpg.jpgAs a leader in skincare with an eye for emerging trends, Olay is bringing the first-ever mass market CC line of products to the United States {Canada} beginning in October 2012. CC, or Color & Correct, Creams have started to emerge in Asia as a new category and are designed for women who love BB Creams for their ability to provide a quick, flawless finish but are seeking skincare solutions that deliver long-term benefits.

The Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizers fight seven signs of aging, while also providing immediate color correction with tinted formulas that include UV protection and tone correction over time. The multiple, must-have instant and long-term benefits leave skin luminous and even-toned with the reduced appearance of discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles.


After-Sun-Cooling-Gels.jpgYou know what we hate? Putting on sunscreen (on both our face and our body), and still coming home with a sunburn. It’s just no fun, and it’s super painful … not to mention annoying when we try so hard to protect our skin! Luckily, these two cooling gels really work to make our skin feel soothed even when we’re in extreme agony.

First Aid Beauty Aloe Plus Soothing Gel
Aloe combines with acai and borage seed oil in this cream-gel to cool inflamed skin almost immediately. We’ve even worn it when we weren’t sunburned, just because it makes our skin feel so good! Plus, unlike most cooling gels we’ve come across, this one is unscented, so if you have a problem with scents, this one is perfect for you.
$20 at firstaidbeauty.com

Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel
Like the First Aid Beauty gel, this is enriched with aloe to cool your skin. And we have to say, it works on impact! The scent is slightly medicinal, thanks to the addition of menthol, but somehow calming and feminine at the same time since it’s formulated with rosewater. Plus, the pink gel is non-greasy and sinks into skin immediately, so it doesn’t feel greasy or wet.
$14 at mariobadescu.com
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Here are five of the best organic sunscreens on the market today.

Alba Botanica Natural Protection Sunscreen
Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Facial Scrub is so amazing that I know their sunscreen has to be spot on. They have a Natural Hawaiian Sunscreen as well as some Very Emollient formulas that come in spray and lotion form.
Find out more about Alba Botanica’s Natural Protection Sunscreen at albabotanica.com.

Coola Organic Suncare Collection
Coola Organic Suncare Collection comes in a myriad of SPFs and formulas. All of them are packed with emollients that are great for the skin and body. They also have spray and lotion versions of their sunscreens and they have yummy scented and completely unscented varieties. 
Find out more about Coola Organic Suncare Collection at coolasuncare.com.

Suntegrity Natural Sunscreens
The Environment Working Group gave this brand high marks for it’s low toxicity and highly effective formulas. While they aren’t cheap, they will do the job and won’t clog your skin up with chemicals.
Find out more about Suntegrity Natural Sunscreens at suntegrityskincare.com.

Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreens
Kiss My Face has become easy to find in most grocery stores and touts all natural ingredients in their sunscreens and skincare line. They also have a bunch of formulas and SPFs to choose from, and I’m a fan of their face stick for my nose and cheeks.
Find out more about Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreens at kissmyface.com.

Blue Lizard Sunscreen
Blue Lizard Sunscreen is not labeled as organic. But they do have in a paraben-free, chemical-free formula that is always top ranked for being easy to find and highly effective by the Environmental Working Group.
Find out more about Blue Lizard Sunscreen at crownlaboratories.com.

Best-Sunscreens-For-Body-2012.jpgLast week we brought you our 2012 installment of the best sunscreens for face. Do you really think we would leave body out of the equation? Check out the sunblocks and sunscreens we’re totally loving this year, which of course keep your body protected from the sun and looking its absolute best!

Avon ANEW Solar Advance Sunscreen Body Lotion
This lotion has quickly become one of our go-to sunscreens of the summer, thanks to its sweet yet not saccharine scent and the fact that it sinks into skin immediately. Plus the SPF 30 means we won’t burn on 97 degree days.
$24 at avon.com

Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Cream
With protectants against harmful UVA and UVB rays, this sunscreen already made the cut. Add in a rich formula (without any greasy residue) and a deliciously subtle vanilla scent and we’re hooked.
$38 at beauty.com

Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
We love a good SPF 50 for beach days (or laying out on the roof of a spectacular NYC apartment or gym). This one’s non-greasy formula—seriously, absolutely no evidence of it being on the skin only seconds after applying—plus the fact that a little goes a long way—makes it a sure standout.
$23 at kiehls.com

CoTZ Pure The Healthier Sunscreen
Formulated with ingredients like shea butter, this one almost melts into the skin. We love that it’s water-resistant, too.
$19.99 at ulta.com

Josie Maran SPF 30+ Argan Sun Protection for Body
Argan oil is good for pretty much anything, from shiny hair to restoring moisture to the skin. And, since our skin tends to get dried out pretty fast in the sun, we’re totally loving this sunscreen with natural ingredients and—you guessed it—argan oil.
$24 at sephora.com

Neutrogena SPF 70 Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock
Not a year goes by that we don’t include this in our favorite sunscreens of all time. For a mist, it really covers every inch of the body amazingly well, with absolutely no greasy residue left behind. Plus it rings in at under 10 bucks.
$9.89 at drugstore.com

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