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Though summer may be winding to an end, it’s important to remember that sunscreen is an essential part of your year round beauty maintenance. Daily exposure can cause irreversible damage, and sometimes just a few minutes is all it takes. Beauty Editor Mickey Williams addresses your most common ray blocking questions and rounds up the newest skin saving solutions.

1. What’s the easiest sunscreen to use?

If you’re like me, time and effort are everything when it comes to creating a daily ritual. With sunscreen lotions, gels and creams, just rubbing it in can work up quite a sweat. Grab a bottle of the new evolution of sunblocks and spray on an aerosol. These misters can be a bit pricey and you will use them up in a flash, but they feel great and protect better than most lotions.

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This sunblock is uber refreshing and sprays at any angle, so no need to wrangle the man in a bikini next to you to get your back. It’s great for sports and smells light and clean and now comes in SPF 70 for the ultra invisible sun blanket.

Aveeno Sunblock Spray, Continuous Protection, SPF 70
Another winner in the continuous spray SPF 70 gamut. An added perk for Aveeno is that it’s loaded with Vitamins A, C and E and contains natural soy proteins.

Peter Thomas Roth Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 PTR Continuous Sunscreen Mist is a bit more expensive than its rivals, but we just loved the scent and the way our skin glistened after a mist or two. Oh, and it served as a very long wearing sunscreen to boot!


2. Are there any natural sunscreens that actually work?

Burt’s Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil
Burt’s Bees utilizes titanium dioxide, an earth mineral that forms a barrier on skin and reflects UV rays. The formula is light-weight and slicked up with hemp seed oil for ultimate hydration.


3. What sunscreen will not cause breakouts?

Yes! Finally we can protect without the annoying pimples associated with slathering on yet another cream on our faces. I’ve found sensitive resolutions to keep skin calm and burn-free.global-health-face.jpg

The basic solution: Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SunBlock SPF 30 
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock 30 worked very well under our makeup and moisturizer. We applied it and waited a bit for it to absorb. No reported burning and we didn’t seem to get a lick of sun!

The two-in-one solution: Cosmedicine Global Health SPF 30 Face UVA/B Sunsceen with Antioxidants
Cosmedicine feels like you’re putting on a soft moisture balm. It doubles as a sunscreen and face cream, so no need to apply a moisturizer. And Cosmedicine is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, E and pomegranate extract to help recharge and replenish skin.


4. I get fever blisters when my lips are exposed. Is there any lip balm that shields and stays put?

Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+
Fever blister prone? It’s under cover with Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+. High SPF coverage works indoors as well as outdoors and with extended use, it can actually start to lighten melasma, dark spots and other hyper pigmentations. Also check out Armada Sport 70. It tested unbelievably in durability in and out of the water.


5. What’s the best moisturizer and SPF protection combo?

prd_dm_spf_lotion.jpgLubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 Lotion
Your smoothest sun shielding combo is by Lubriderm. Lubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 comes in a lightweight, non-greasy and fast absorbing lotion. The pump applicator makes it super easy to apply lotion and sunscreen right out of the shower. Perfect for the girl that needs to simplify!
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Survive the three H’s of summer with these heat- and humidity-proof products that will keep you looking and feeling cool as a cucumber:


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Biolage Cooling Mint Oil Control Treatment
Provides a sensorial solution to treat and nourish the scalp. It balances and invigorates a normal to oily scalp so the hair looks smooth and feels refreshed. Perfect for hot summer days when you don’t have time to wash your hair, just spray directly on the scalp to reduce and prevent oil. $16




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Peter Thomas Roth Uber Dry SPF 30
A revolutionary dry, lightweight sunscreen that provides SPF 30 protection while leaving the skin with a smooth, shine-free finish. This non-oily formula is virtually undetectable to the touch and ideal for oily and acne-prone skin. Enriched with Vitamins A, C, and E to help fight against free radical damage. For normal to oily skin types. $26


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Primer to Stay Shine-Free

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The must-have product of summer is a mattifying primer that dramatically reduces the appearance of oil, shine and large pores. This velvet touch primer controls and absorbs excess oil and minimizes the appearance of pores to act as a smooth and velvety base for more flawless makeup application. $20



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Lip and Cheek Stain that Stays Put
theBalm Stainiac
The perfect pop of color for your cheeks and lips, Stainiac hint of tint is perfect for all skin tones. Simply dab a touch onto your cheeks for a sheer wash of color or layer for added intensity. And the best part? Stainiac is formulated to give you more time before the stain sets, so it won’t streak and will stay on your pout or cheeks all day long. $14



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Melt-Proof Concealer
Mineral Wear® Talc-Free Mineral Concealer Stick with SPF 15
This sweat-proof oil-free mineral concealer stick features a minimalist, talc-free formula ideal for the most sensitive or break-out prone skin. Mineral Concealer Stick provides full, even coverage, while gently gliding onto skin. Formulated with 100% pure and gentle mineral extracts for added wear and a smoothing effect to help minimize the appearance of fine lines. This gentle, ultra-creamy concealer stick delivers natural flawless coverage throughout the day and won’t run or smudge in the summer’s heat. Available in 4 shades. $6.95




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bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation
Mineral-based foundations are ideal for summer. They offer flawless coverage without the heaviness of cream or liquid foundations. Made of only pure, crushed minerals from the earth, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation looks like a powder, feels like a cream, and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity while feeling as if you are not wearing any makeup at all. $25





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Vincent Longo Hydro Stick
Designed as a wet bronzer for the face—including lips and eyes. This cooling, moisturizing, and water-resistant new product shines with tiny micro particles. Formulated with a high water content, new Hydro Stick is refreshingly cool to the touch and leaves skin looking irresistibly sexy in glimmering, light-catching new hues. $25





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Make Up For Ever Pearly Waterproof Eyeshadow Pencil
Specially formulated waterproof pencils are richly pigmented and long lasting, even under the most extreme conditions. Line, define, or fill in your entire lid with dazzling color.


Peter Thomas Roth Ultralite Oil-free Sunscreen Mist SPF 15

Swix Dermatone Tube Z-Cote SPF36

June Jacobs Skin Amour Day Shield SPF 20

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