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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.

Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock, Body Mist SPF 70 31dfeZdrgQL._SS500_.jpg
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

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!
glycolics.jpgWhile visiting my dermatologist, he suggested I introduce a glycolic face wash into my daily regime. In the past, I read data on glycolic acids to excess, but found I wasn’t sure if all the information offered a fountain of youth or was just your usual beauty hype. With some recent help from a few leading fruit acid beauty brands, I’ve researched and tested everything from cleansers to eye pads, and found positively interesting results.

To begin, let me explain what a glycolic is. Glycolic is arguably the most effective form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. It is derived from the sugar cane plant and also can be obtained from citrus fruits, grapes and lactic acid (milk). Its purpose in the beauty arena is to refine the texture of skin by softening fine lines and wrinkles. Another benefit of glycolic is its ability to lighten discolorations and acne scars while shrinking the appearance of pores. This all occurs through the process of exfoliation, the shedding of dead skin cells from the top surface of the epidermis. Still, glycolic has yet another advantage as a rapid delivery system for any moisture or treatment based products you apply right after the use of a glycolic based product.

Sound too good to be true? I thought so too, but found some stand out products designed for use from head to toe that are worth your beauty dollar:

NS041-foam-glycol-wash.jpgNeoStrata is basically your no gimmick glycolic regimen. The NeoStrata Company has been around since the 1970s, knocking out one fine line and blemish banishing product after another. NeoStrata brand professional skin care products are recommended by Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons in over 42 countries and are the #1 recommended professional AHA skin care brand by physicians worldwide. Top Products:

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash
A soft cleansing foam that works wonders on blemishes.

NeoStrata Gel Plus
Not for the sensitive complexion, but an amazing difference when used on hands.

Exuviance by NeoStrata 
The patented Exuviance line of skincare products contains a unique combination of Alpha and Polyhydroxy acids, soothing botanicals and marine extracts to restore and moisturize the skin. Vitamins, antioxidants and sunscreens protect the skin against harmful environmental factors, free radicals and premature aging.

Morning_Bionic_Tonic.jpgExuviance SkinRise Morning Bionic Tonic 
An absolute favorite during our two week trials. Skin appears firmer almost immediately, and still remains moist and hydrated.

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads
A gentle way to soothe, treat and reverse the signs of aging below the delicate eye area without any irritation.

P201405_hero.jpgDDF - Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula
DDF founder, Dr. Howard Sobel has been a practicing New York City dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon for more than 25 years, combining modern technology with cosmetic skin care. Dr. Sobel created DDF as a union of cosmetic dermatology and topical skin care. These products deliver excellent results without a prescription.

Decelerate Professional Anti-Aging Protocol
The best approach to taking your first step toward a gentle glycolic regimen. Also, Decelerate is a great prep for skin before stronger glycolic treatments and products.

DDF 7-Day Radiance Peel Kit
The best at home peel kit we tested that delivered in just 7 days.

Murad City Skin Night Treatment with Anti-Pollution Complex & ActiMatrix
CitySkin Night Treatment delivered tighter, brighter skin after a two week trial. Since this is only a treatment, your skin may require a moisturizer to be used in conjunction.

Genie Instant Line Smoother

Bye-Bye Blemish Healing Minerals

Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer

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