Head-to-Toe Summer Skincare
Fight Sun DamageKeep 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.
Dr. Sadick, an avid marathoner, likes Coppertone Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF 30, $9.69, drugstore.com, 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.
For goof-proof color, choose a self-tanner that builds up gradually, like Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Daily Body Moisturizer, $8, avon.com. Or try one that instantly bronzes, such as Rodial Instant Glow Self Tan Gel.
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