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Derm-Approved Products You Need for a Beach Weekend

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    Sunscreen

    I know, no one is shocked, but using a good broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher is essential. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, reapplication every two hours is the way to ensure complete protection. Remember not to be fooled by the number, though: A product labeled 100 does not block out 100 percent of the rays. It's more like 98 to 99 percent. Using an SPF 30 will protect you from 95 to 97 percent if applied correctly. Seek the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.—I promise the beach looks just as fabulous from under a palm tree. Splurge on a pair of trendy sunglasses to shield your eyes and invest in a hat. A favorite product that gets consistent praise among dermatologists is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk ($36; dermstore.com). It combines antioxidants and the ultimate broad-spectrum coverage. If creams are not your thing, I highly recommend Colorescience Sunforgettable Sunscreen Powder ($64; colorscience.com). Dust two times around the face for both a bronzy finish and solid protection.

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    An Antioxidant Serum

    Ultraviolet (UV) light creates free radicals. These pesky little chemical particles bind to collagen and elastin to create wrinkles, sags, and brown spots on the skin. Before your feet hit the sand, use an antioxidant serum to prevent this process from occurring. Serums are highly concentrated, cosmetically elegant, and easy to layer. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($163; skinceuticals.com) is a cult classic among derms. Like a LBD, if you put it on, you can almost bet that it will make you feel and look good.

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    Protective Lip Balm

    Protect your pout from everything from mouth wrinkles to lip cancer. Grab Coola Liplux SPF 30 ($12; sephora.com). It's infused with antioxidants, so it nourishes and moisturizes all at the same time. Another tip: Don't sip that piña colada through a straw—the pucker can lead to lines.

  • Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

    Blotting Papers

    The only shine at the beach should be coming from the sun. That sheen from excessive perspiration or increased sebum production shouldn't be part of your weekend look. The solution is easy: Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers ($20; bobbibrowncosmetics.com). These are a major find. They're powder-free and absorb excess oil from the skin, and the cute little case they come in is a fun bonus.

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    Self-Tanner

    It's no secret that a tan from a booth or from lying out in the sun equals skin damage. But there's no disputing the cosmetic appeal of a bronzed glow. Thankfully, you can try products like St. Tropez Original Self Tan Bronzing Mousse ($32; sephora.com). Perfect for tanning on the go, it's streak-free, natural looking, and easy to apply. Definitely on my list of musts.

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    Water Spray

    Heat and UV rays can cause facial flushing, especially in those who are prone to rosacea. The body's internal temperature regulators respond to rising ambient temps by making the small vessels in the face dilate, causing an influx of blood. The result is pink cheeks that look like they're saying "I'm embarrassed" when you're not. To calm down this flushing, try a spritz of Avène Thermal Spring Water ($14; dermstore.com). The pH-neutral product is rich in trace elements that help to sooth the skin while restoring the epidermal barrier.

  • Sephora.com

    A Hydrating Mask

    Long summer days can lead to water loss. Revitalize overnight with a hydrating mask. By reinfusing missing H20, the skin regains its vitality and you even get a little plumping. Made of a unique botanical blend, Boscia Tsubaki Hydration Sleeping Mask ($30; sephora.com) should be considered the perfect post-beach digestif.

 

Mona Gohara, MD

Oberlin-bred feminist, Yale-trained dermatologist, mother, Virgo, and lover of all things Broadway, tulle, and 80's. Favorite TV show: the Mindy Project because beauty and brains are a wonderful thing. 

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