• Like man, all sunscreens were created equal, right? Wrong. The packaging may be enticing and the newest formulas might smell yummy, but don't be fooled by smoke and mirrors when it comes to your sunscreen this summer. There are a few things your bottle should have to protect and treat your skin right all summer long. Before you hit the beach this summer, make sure your SPF has the following.

    Safe Sun Tip #1
    : Pick an SPF with UVA and UVB

    You've been warned to protect yourself from UVB rays because they are the ones that cause direct damage to the skin's surface (i.e. sunburn), but you need to protect yourself from UVA rays as well. UVA rays make up almost 90 percent of the ultraviolet radiation that makes up the atmosphere and causes long-term effects to your skin, like wrinkles and aging sun spots. To protect your skin from both, pick a formula that says "broad spectrum" or states protection from both on the bottle. Our pick? Ocean Potion Broad Spectrum Sunblock SPF 30.

    Safe Sun Tip

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  • If you want to be like supermodel Christie Brinkley who looks half her age of 56, you need to start taking measures instantly before you head outdoors for another summer weekend.

    Here's new creams and strategies that work, according to top NYC dermatologist, Dr. Bruce Katz.
    • THE MOST IMPORTANT AGE-PROOF STRATEGY: -- stay out of the sun & when you can't, then wear the right sunscreen ALL THE TIME!
    • Wear an SPF of 30 or over: it will be effective as long as it contains one of these three ingredients -- avobenzone, zinc oxide or titanium oxide.
    • TRY ONE OF THE NEW COSMECEUTICAL CREAMS -- that has been shown to rejuvenate skin, slow down the aging of skin or stimulate the production of collagen -- which plumps up your skin.
    • Dr. Katz recommends using Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment in the am, and NEOCUTIS Hyalis Bio-Restorative Skin Cream before you go to bed.
    • Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment: This skin cream contains idebenones -- which are anti-oxidents and have been
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  • Denise Spanek, founder of Air Repair Skincare, tells us what we need for great looking skin even after a long flight.

    We Pick The Best Foundations For Dry Skin

    As June approaches, so does summer vacation season. And as we jet around (hopefully!) from place to place, our skin suffers from the dry airplane air - not exactly arriving as fresh and gorgeous as we planned.

    We spoke with Denise Spanek, the founder of Air Repair Skincare, a skincare system created to combat the effects of flying to get the best en route beauty tips.

    StyleCaster: Why did you decide to start Air Repair?

    Denise Spanek: Basically, it was for selfish reasons. I was doing a lot of international traveling and felt like I was landing looking like a shar pei! I realized that out of all the beauty brands to choose from, none of them addressed the issue of flight fatigue and environmental stresses that take a toll on the skin.

    So, I went on to create a line of comprehensive and streamlined skincare

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  • Want to cop a glowing complexion and ward off age-related issues - like fine lines and wrinkles? Don't wait until you have 40 candles on the cake. Act now!

    PLUS: Find out why celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompeo, and J Lo still look so amazing.

    Your Age: 18-25

    Your skin's characteristics: Because your oil glands are working at full speed, your skin is supple and naturally well moisturized. Your cells regenerate regularly, giving you an even texture and a pretty, rosy glow. But as you probably also know, there's a downside: Excess oil production sometimes causes breakouts and a shiny look.

    Your skin strategy should be:

    • Suds up with a mild cleanser to remove makeup, oil and dirt without stripping your skin. A good pick: Dior Rinse-Off Cleansing Foam, $28. If you have greasy skin, use a foaming oil-free face wash. Try Noxzema Continuous Clean Foaming Cleanser, $4.
    • Go for an oil-free moisturizer (with SPF during the day). Pick one that has
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  • Prepare to look gorgeous because we have a slew of spa-inspired moves that'll leave your skin smooth and glowing all over. Plus, find out the products celebs can't live without.

    Revitalizing Face and Eye Massage
    Most spa facials involve some kind of face massage to boost blood flow and help the products absorb better. Here's how to get results on your own: Take a warm shower to soften your pores, then cut a chilled seedless red or green grape in half. "Grapes contain hydrating glucose and powerful antioxidants that fight skin-damaging free radicals," says Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, in NYC. Slide the flat side of the cut grape over your skin, starting between your brows and moving out toward your temples. Sweep up to your forehead, then down your nose and over your cheeks. Check out Cosmo's Sexy Beauty Secrets Blog.

    Glowing Face Scrub
    It takes two buffing techniques - physical and chemical - to look noticeably luminous, says celeb facialist

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  • Summer is time to rethink your skin-care regimen so you can greet the heat and stay zit-free. We asked New York City dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel how to keep your skin under control.

    Dry Skin
    If you have dry skin, it can still get oily during the summer. Try a neutral cleanser like Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, which cleanses your skin without stripping away essential oils, advises Dr. Sobel. Always follow up with a moisturizing sunscreen, and be sure to reapply often throughout the day if you are outdoors.

    Normal Skin

    For normal skin, wash your face twice a day, morning and night. Use a mild facial cleanser with salicylic acid to cleanse and exfoliate the skin gently. Try the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser; it's mild, but will definitely keep your skin less oily without overdrying it. Always follow with sunscreen. For pesky breakthrough blemishes, try a sulfur mask treatment or spot treatment overnight.

    Combination Skin

    For combination skin, make sure you don't use products

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  • Making headlines this week: A report from non-profit organization Environmental Working Group saying that a number of sunscreens increase our risk of developing skin cancer (see #5 at the link) because they contain vitamin A.

    But before you start tossing your SPFs, here's dermatologist and skin cancer specialist Darrell Rigel's take: there is little merit to the claims. "They're arguing that, because vitamin A thins the skin, it makes us more susceptible to skin cancers, but there is no evidence that even suggests that," says Rigel.

    Related: The 9 Biggest Sun-Protection Mistakes

    To the contrary, vitamin A and its derivatives are used by dermatologists to effectively treat visible signs of sun damage, as well as cancerous and precancerous skin cells. "Tens of millions of Americans use these sunscreens every weekend, and we have not seen any problems," he says. "This is very disappointing. I'm scared that people are going to go outside this weekend, think sunscreens are dangerous, and

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  • Flickr photo by Tom PurvesFlickr photo by Tom PurvesAfter reading the Environmental Working Group's 2010 Sunscreen Review released this week, I did what millions of others probably did -- I panicked. According to the EWG, only a few dozen of hundreds of sunscreens on the market are both safe to use and protect us like they should. After plugging in the two products I use regularly on myself and my kids, only one made the cut. The other was on the "avoid" list because it contained "harmful chemicals" and supposedly didn't live up to its claims of screening out harmful UVA rays.

    More from The Stir: EWG's Children's Sunscreen Review -- 5 Top Picks

    Five hundred sunscreens on the market with some of the latest sun-blocking and skin-care innovations and only 39 are okay to use. Really?

    Dermatologist Dr. Zoe Draelos, a consulting professor at the Duke University School of Medicine and spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, who also tests sunscreen products in her laboratory, applauds the EWG for looking at the

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  • Skin care tips and products for keeping shine at a minimum

    Matte SkinMatte Skin

    A fringe benefit of breaking a sweat at the gym? Besides cooling and detoxifying the body, sweat cleanses pores of dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil. (Just be sure that a towel is within arm's reach; allowing these released toxins to sit on your face too long can result in reclogging and breakouts.) But what happens when your sweaty brow is due to hot weather-and not a hot workout? Here, five ways to keep shine in check.

    1. Maintain a Balanced Complexion
    It's only natural that you want to splash your face with cool water and cleanser more often during summer. But too much suds and H20 can strip skin of moisture and cause sebaceous glands to work overtime, resulting in a rebound effect (read shinier, oilier skin). Stick to deep cleansing twice daily and for midday touch-ups use a gentle toner like Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic or pre-moistened facial wipes.

    Other skin care don'ts that can cause irritation and

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  • Everyone's looking for the formula to a healthy glow, but the secret is in the phrase itself: healthy. Glowing skin is a sign of healthy skin, which starts from the inside. You can slather on all the creams and serums you want, but a key component to radiance comes from the nutrients you consume. Here, a few foods you should eat every day to maintain good health and great skin.

    Get Your Greens
    Dark green veggies (think spinach, broccoli, or kale) are rich in minerals and vitamin A-they combat dry skin and wrinkles. Try to ingest something green daily. (The green M&Ms don't count!)

    Don't Be Afraid of All Fats
    By now we all know that fat is not something we have to avoid altogether. In fact, "healthy fats" are essential for sexy skin and can even help you lose weight. Good things to go for include olive oil and flaxseed oil, or fatty fish like salmon.

    Jump on the Juice Train
    There's a lot of commotion behind the juicing trend, and while we don't advocate an all-liquid diet, some of

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