With the country in the midst of a heat wave, everyone is hitting the beach in search of some relief. It’s a great time to share 6 fabulous sunscreens with you, so that you can stay protected, indoors or out. Read on for more….

Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40:  What I love about this sunscreen is that offers triple protection against UVA-UVB rays, free radicals and pollution in a very lightweight lotion.  It’s also the first and only sunscreen I’ve used on my face with a true matte finish.  For gals with oily or combination skin, look for this one!  Available at Sephora, $38.

SkinMedica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 + is another new favorite.  This excellent sunscreen has everything you’d want:  it’s oil-free, fragrance-and-PABA-free, photostable and water-resistant, so it’s great for outdoor activities.  SkinMedica products are available through a network of licensed physicians and medically supervised spas. Visit www.skinmedica.com to purchase ($45) or for retailer locations.


DNA Defense SPF 30+ is  a sunscreen developed by Dr. Ronald Moy, who has done extensive research on the effects of photo damage on the skin.  DNA Defense SPF 30+ is a light lotion that uses micro-fine Zinc Oxide along with Vitamin E and Vitamin A to provide UVA, UVB and from free radical protection.  Retails at $45 and can be purchased at www.dnaegfrenewal.com.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 combines the hydrating benefits of the legendary Eight Hour Cream, UVA-UVB sun protection and the convenience and portability of a stick. I keep one my beach bag and one in my purse. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 retails at $20 and is available at Elizabeth Arden counters and online at elizabetharden.com.


A perennial summer favorite, Australian Gold® has come out with new Sheer Coverage Sunscreen with unique InvisiDry technology. This formula offers UVA-UVB protection, dries and absorbs quickly, is very water- and sweat-resistant and has the signature fragrance…the smell of summer.  Australian Gold® Sheer Coverage Sunscreen comes in SPF 8, 15 and 30 and retails at $9.99.  You can find it at drug, discount and grocery stores nationwide.


You never want to be without lip protection with sunscreen in the summer and JĀSÖN Naturals Lip Balm SPF 25 is as portable and convenient as it gets. This mint-flavored balm retails at $4.95 and is available in natural/health food stores and at Whole Foods.

The 411:  I recently asked Dr. David Colbert, Director of the New York Dermatology Groups if all SPFs are created equally or if are there certain ingredients to look for in a sunscreen.  He recommends looking for a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, because that is both antiaging and protective. The one you choose should feel good on your skin and not oily. If you’re on the beach, use water resistant sunscreen and always reapply every 3 to 4 hours.


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