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July 8, 2011

Summer Skin Beauty Countdown

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SUN DAY SCHOOL

Snooki, take note: A staggering 71 percent of tanning salon patrons are women ages 16 to 29, and The Skin Cancer Foundation says melanoma has become the most common form of cancer in adults under 30. Scary — but brilliant new options make it easy to take cover. Just don't forget your annual skin cancer check: Go to skincancer.org to see when Aveeno and Rite Aid's Road to Healthy Skin Tour RV stops in your town for a free screening.

One Week: To amp up your skin's ability to protect itself from UV rays, try taking antioxidant supplements like BioAstin or Murad Pomphenol Sunguard. "But these pills only afford a bit of protection, so always follow up with a topical sunblock," warns NYC dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler. Double-duty alert: Try Neova's DNA repair sunblock, which uses plant-based growth factors to combat free-radicals and protect against UV damage.

30 Minutes: No slacking off: You must apply sunscreen a half hour before heading outdoors, then reapply every three hours. Need a reminder? La Roche-Posay My UV Check app for the iPhone has a built-in alarm for reapplication and convenient local UV indexes.

60 Seconds: Sprays are ideal for touch-ups if you've been swimming or sweating. Neutrogena and Aveeno just debuted new water-repelling formulas — the latter borrows a barrier-forming wax extract from the naturally waterproof lotus flower — and unlike older formulas, they can even be misted directly onto wet skin.


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