Sun Care Must-Haves for Summer

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Sun Care Must-Haves for Summer
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It's a fact: You should take measures year-round to protect yourself from the sun. "As long as the sun is shining, potential for harm is still there," notes Marina Peredo, dermatologist and founder of Marina I. Peredo, M.D., P.C., Dermatology and Spatique Medical Spa in Smithtown, N.Y. "It's important to always wear [sun protection]." And since you're more likely to spend hours in the sun come summer, there are extra precautions you can, and should, take during the warmer months.

High Sun Protection Factor Sunscreen
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High Sun Protection Factor Sunscreen

Actress Christina Hendricks knows how to rock a fair complexion. Keep your skin in similar condition by using a sunscreen with higher SPF during the summer, advises Peredo. Additionally, apply that high SPF sunscreen more often than you would in the winter since you're more likely to sweat it off. "Use a moisturizer with SPF on your face and hands and any other area that might be exposed," she says.

Sunless Tanner
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Sunless Tanner

Instead of lounging around without any protection -- which causes premature aging and puts you at risk for skin cancer -- opt for a faux tan. Celebrities such as actress Jennifer Aniston have mastered the sunless tanner glow. Professional spray tans have improved over the years and take only a few minutes to complete. Alternatively, buy a self-tanner and have a friend help you apply it.

Lip Product With Sun Protection Factor
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Lip Product With Sun Protection Factor

"I love any lip balm or lipstick that has SPF," Peredo says. "We often forget to protect our lips, so any brand that carries something like this is great." Keep things simple like actress Rachel Bilson does with a basic lip balm or gloss, or opt for a tinted lip product if you want to add a bit of color to your pucker.

Marina Peredo; Dermatologist, Founder of Marina I. Peredo, M.D., P.C., Dermatology and Spatique Medical Spa; Smithtown, N.Y.

Cooling Lotion
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Cooling Lotion

Singer Solange Knowles keeps things cool when out in the sun, but if you get a little too hot -- or sun burnt -- take action immediately. Following a tepid shower, apply a cooling lotion or aloe vera gel to the affected areas. The lotion or gel will soothe, hydrate and cool your skin.

Makeup With Sun Protection Factor
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Makeup With Sun Protection Factor

Look beautiful and stay protected, like actress Caroline Sunshine, with cosmetics that pack a protective punch of SPF. Primers, foundations (powder, cream and liquid), tinted moisturizers, concealers and setting sprays or powders all come with SPF, depending on the brand and product. Peredo is partial to mineral makeup with SPF.

Hair Care Products
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Hair Care Products

"Although we may love the lightness the sun brings to our hair, too much exposure can cause our hair to turn brittle and lose its shine," Peredo says. For hair as gorgeous as singer Jennifer Lopez's, Peredo recommends products that contain words like "anti-breakage" on the packaging. "Also look for ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E, as these will protect from free radicals."

Hat, Head Scarf or Sun Umbrella
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Hat, Head Scarf or Sun Umbrella

In addition to moisturizing hair products that reverse the sun's damage, also use items that keep your hair out of the sun to begin with, like actress Leven Rambin does. A sun umbrella, head scarf or hat should do the trick. These items are "a foolproof way to protect your hair from the sun," while making a great fashion statement, Peredo says.

Sunglasses
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Sunglasses

Just as the sun's rays can damage your skin and hair, it can also take a toll on your eyes. Additionally, squinting into the sun can cause premature wrinkling around the eyes and give you a headache. To prevent this, wear sunglasses like Connie Britton does. Choose sunglasses that completely cover your eyes and check for a sticker that says they shield against ultraviolet rays.

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