Skin Care

By Yelena Moroz

Summer is right around the corner, and although New York has been afflicted with slightly manic depressive weather, it’s never a bad idea to incorporate sunscreen into your beauty routine, rain or shine. Fortunately, we have an option for every occasion.

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For the thrifty girl…
Sunshine feels lovely as the rays tickle the skin, but we all know that UVA and UVB rays damage the skin. Fortunately, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70 with Helioplex guards against both. By combining Avobenzone, one of the best UVA absorbers, with Oxybenzone, a UVB fighter, the sunscreen protects against burning and cellular damage that causes wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. Plus, the combination of the fresh scent and Dry Touch technology that uses silica powder to soak up oils and leaves skin incredibly soft and smooth, the sunscreen gives a refreshing clean feeling. Available at www.drugstore.com.

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For the natural girl …
An alternative to downing a liter of carrot juice to boost up Vitamin A and Beta Carotene consumption is slathering Bronzo Sensualé Carrot Lotion SPF 30 all over. The formula moisturizes and helps with intensifying a healthy tan. The carrots, antioxidants, neutralize environmental poisons and resist free radicals, Vitamin A plays a role in maintaining healthy skin, Vitamin C works to fortify sunscreen when exposed to the sun, Vitamin E boost skin elasticity and shea butter soothes burns and moisturizes. The Bronzo Sensualé line is animal friendly and contains extracts of carrots, olives and aloe vera making bunnies all over the world hop with joy. Available at www.bronzo.net.

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For the girly girl…
Roses are red, sunscreens are cool and Decléor Aroma Sun Protective Hydrating Spray SPF 30 will be your new obsession (also comes in SPF 20). The light spray infused with the essential oils of Rose Damascena, Roman Chamomile and Geranium not only perfumes your skin, it improves the skin’s natural defense system by reducing the appearance of sunburned cells. As a result, you’ll want to hydrate with this 100% natural protectant all day long. Spritz away and smell like the decadent flower that you are. Available at www.sephora.com.

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For the sporty girl…
Tested in the scorching sun of Puerto Rico, Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50 won’t phizz out. I can vouch that it withstands snorkeling and hiking for hours without leaving you lobster red. The clear, no rub formula sprays evenly at any angle, allowing you to get the most protection in those hard to reach areas. Girls on the go don’t need to worry about spills and leaks because the bottle has a convenient twist and lock cap. And even though Coppertone Sport is a spray, no need to worry about depleting the ozone layer, it’s CFC free. The only caveat, you no longer need to ask the cabana boy to lather you up. Available at www.drugstore.com.

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For the lazy girl…
Wash and go with Cor Silver Service Treatment for the Face. Your morning routine just got easier with this multitasker that cleanses, evens skin tone, fades sun spots, maintains moisture, minimizes wrinkles, replenishes collagen, and delivers SPF 15 protection for three hours. Need we say more?! Prepare to be pampered because the soap actually contains silver, a fantastic antibacterial agent, and sericin, a natural protein made from silk that may inhibit UV rays by binding to skin and forming a protective film that also locks moisture. Because the formula has a lower pH compared to other soaps, it works well with every skin type. Go get it at www.blissworld.com.

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For the girl who saves face…
You need protection…especially for your face and Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30 supplies a dose of antioxidants and sun protection with a helping of the hydrating complex. Once applied the microscopic sponge encapsulation system works with the formula to create a silky, matte feel uncommon to a lot of sunscreens on the market. The tinted formula goes on evenly for a bronze goddess look. Available at www.janmarini.com.

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For the powder girl…
Hot equals a greasy, sticky and shiny face, but not if you have a tube of Colorescience Sunforgettable Dispensing Brush SPF 30 in your purse. The translucent powder sells in clear and almost clear that gives skin a nice healthy color. Thanks to the micronized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide components, the formula feels weightless, but withstands up to 80 minutes in the water. No wonder Angelina Jolie, Tyra Banks and Mischa Barton use it as part of their beauty routine. And with The Skin Cancer Foundation backing up the product you definitely can’t go wrong. Available at www.colorescience.com.

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Sunscreen for nails? You betcha! UV rays have the power to yellow light colors, making nails look less than healthy. But with Orly Sunscreen for Nails, you needn’t worry about any color change. The top coat blocks damaging UV rays and builds a harder finish. Since it is quick drying, application is ‘Wham, Bam, thank you M’am’ and you’re out the door to enjoy summer.
Available at www.orlybeauty.com.

Originally published June 2007
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