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Head-to-Toe Summer Skincare

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Fight Sun Damage

Keep Skin Hydrated

Moisture is the key to radiant, younger-looking skin. Dennis Gross, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, recommends moisturizing twice a day, even when the weather's warm. To get your RDA: Suds up with a creamy body wash. Lock in moisture immediately after your shower with a rich lotion; try Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion, $4.99, drugstores.

Protect, Then Play

Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before you go outside, says Dr. Gross. This will give the ingredients a chance to sink into your skin and create a better protective barrier. And remember areas that are often overlooked, such as your hairline, your part, and the tops of your ears, as well as your lips, which are especially vulnerable to sun damage, since the skin there is very thin, adds Dr. Gross. Shield them with a balm like MD Skincare Power Sun Protection SPF 25 Lip Balm.

Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Workout

Dr. Sadick, an avid marathoner, likes Coppertone Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF 30, $9.69,, because the waterproof formula stands up to a long run (be sure to reapply every two hours and after toweling off sweat). A speedy spray-on option: Banana Boat Sport Performance Dri-Blok Continuous Spray SPF 30, $9.99, drugstores.

See Spot Leave

You weren't diligent with the sunscreen in past summers and now your chest, hands, and arms are paying the price. Sun or age spots, called solar lentigines, crop up because UV rays kick-start melanin production under the skin's surface, says Dr. Halaas. In-office laser resurfacing or glycolic peels will lighten dark spots. At home, try MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Body Peel.

Get a Glow Safely

For goof-proof color, choose a self-tanner that builds up gradually, like Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Daily Body Moisturizer, $8, Or try one that instantly bronzes, such as Rodial Instant Glow Self Tan Gel.


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JessicaBt wrote:

Hey Heather! Thanks for your great tips. I started to follow the steps and already see results. Can't wait to show my friends. Thanks so much! Jess

3/19/2013 04:19:48 AM Report Abuse
heather_j1 wrote:

Cellulite was a big problem for me, but I managed to get rid of it in 2 months with coffee grind body wraps, done daily and special foods. Creams had no effect on me. Read my full story on

3/2/2013 05:35:48 AM Report Abuse
swhatley1 wrote:

Jergens firming lotin...not $46 either I noticed a differnce in 2 days use it nightly before going to bed and in the morning before getting dressed...i should have stocks in this product i ran out of it for awhile and could tell. I won't be without it anymore!!

5/11/2010 12:03:34 PM Report Abuse

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