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GEMs Of Beauty: Sunscreen Roundup

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GEMs Of Beauty:

Sunscreen Roundup

 

Welcome, everyone, to my annual Sunscreen Nag-a-Thon!

The dog days of summer aren’t just a misery for little pooches like mine, who loll around with their tongues hanging out (so attractive!) after a walk. Even the local squirrels can hardly bear the heat, lying splayed on the grass as they try to cool down—but at least their fur protects their skin from the sun’s powerful rays.

So what are you doing to protect your skin?

Hopefully, you’ll find these products not only useful shields against the destructive UV rays, but moisturizing must-haves that you’ll always remember to use every single day.

Now go have a nice cool drink under a nice dark umbrella with a nice pair of shades on your face and a nice big sunhat on your head, too. (Ha! Didn’t think the nag would end that quickly, did you?)

1. COVER FX CLEAR COVER INVISIBLE SUNSCREEN

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An absolutely genius new sunscreen, this one has a totally transparent and weightless texture yet still gives you an SPF of 30. It melts right into skin, and is especially good to use on those horribly hot days when you have to wear makeup and you don’t want anything thick or greasy on your face.

Buy it for $45 at CoverFX.com

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2. JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS SPF50 NATURAL MINERAL SUNSCREEN

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One of my fave hair-care companies, John Masters does not disappoint with this mineral-based natural sunscreen. It’s super-hydrating thanks to shea butter, jojoba oil, and green tea extracts, and gives you sun protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Buy it for $32 at JohnMasters.com

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3. SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL MATTE UV DEFENSE SPF50

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Another all-mineral sunscreen, this one is especially good for anyone who has oily skin or who tends to get shiny in the heat (like your teenagers who balk at putting sunscreen on their faces!). With a lovely mousse-like texture, it can absorb up to 15 times its weight in oil while keeping you from getting fried.

Buy it for $34 at SkinCeuticals.com

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4. COOLA CLASSIC FACE SPORT SPF50 WHITE TEA MOISTURIZER

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If, on the other hand, your skin is super-sensitive and you like to work out in the summer sun, this is the sunscreen for you. Not only does it smell yummy, but it’s highly protective, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, 70%+ certified organic, and super-hydrating without causing irritation.

Buy it for $32 at www.Sephora.com

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5. JACK BLACK SUN GUARD SUNSCREEN SPF45

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Weekend warriors—and everyday warriors!—rejoice, because this sunscreen from Jack Black is made for extreme sports and is a lot longer-lasting than some of the other sports-related brands. It absorbs quickly and is very sweat and water-resistant. It’s great for the entire family, especially the men and boys in your life. Yes, that is a HINT!

Buy it for $21 at www.GetJackBlack.com

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6. PETER THOMAS ROTH RADIANCE INSTANT MINERAL SPF30

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I wrote about ColoreScience’s divine mineral sunscreen powder in my June column, and am thrilled with two more brands that use the same neat technology—non-greasy, non-drying, super-effective powder sunscreen in a tube, applied with a soft, attached brush. PTR’s sunscreen and bronzing powders are not only nourishing and give you a healthy glow, but have chemical-free UV protection.

Buy it for $35 at PeterThomasRoth.com

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7. EMINENCE ORGANIC SKIN CARE SUN DEFENSE MINERALS  

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Eminence knocks it out of the park with this all-in-one powder brush that comes in six tones from very light to very dark. (No excuses, everyone!) Throw one in your purse for touchups at the office, and use it at the beach as it really lasts while it keeps you protected with natural minerals without clogging your pores.

Buy it for $58 at BuyNaturalSkincare.com

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8. ALTERNA HAIRCARE BAMBOO BEACH BB BEAUTY BALM

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Let’s not forget what summer sun does to your hair. My hair is always dry and even worse in the summer, and I love using this multi-tasking and lightweight de-frizzing cream that protects my scalp and hair from the sun while adding moisture and shine. You can apply it to wet or dry hair.

Buy it for $22 at Alternahaircare.com

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9. ALBA BOTANICA COOLING ALOE BURN RELIEF SPRAY

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Last but not least…it can happen to anyone, even those nagging moms like yours truly. Yes, you’ve gotten fried. No, it will never happen again. If so, relieve the pain and redness with this instantly soothing and cooling spray, loaded with allantoin, aloe, and menthol. And it’s pretty effective for pulled muscles and aching joints, too.

Buy it for $15.99 at www.AlbaBotanica.com

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Remember—UV radiation comes in two primary forms of harmful rays. UVA is A for Aging (the kind of skin-cell damage that accumulates over the years and can cause cancer). UVB is B for Burning (the kind of skin damage that leaves you red, raw, peeling, and at risk for cancer, too). A broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect against UVA and UVB rays, but SPF is only for UVB. Even if you don’t get a burn, unprotected skin will always get a beating. Take good care of it, please!

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