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USE YOUR HEAD
“Lauren is a Laguna Beach girl who lives in Hollywood,” says colorist Kaz Amor of Warren-Tricomi Los Angeles, who gives the Hills star her signature sun-kissed highlights. But even if you grew up on the beach, there’s no need to risk getting a burnt scalp. Follow Lauren’s lead and style your hair into a protective updo to avoid frying your head. “Don’t do a straight part,” Kaz explains. “Use your fingers to separate and then pull it back.” Or just keep your regular style and “direct a spray-on sunscreen only at your roots.”
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Don’t have the time or patience for multiple products to make you look as beach ready as ? Look for multi-use products like Rodial’s Skinny Beach SPF 15, $49, which not only has broad-spectrum SPF, but is also tinted with a light bronze color and infused with ingredients that immediately lift and tone skin.
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Waterproof sunscreens that keep skin gorgeous long-term can sometimes congest complexions in the short-term. “Waterproof SPFs are made with an adhesive,” says Dr. Ellen Marmur, chief dermatologist at NYC’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, “[and removing them with] an exfoliator helps to transition skin from day to night and get rid of that sticky feeling.” Just don’t overdo it on tender summer skin. “You don’t have to use a lot of harsh soaps to get rid of that feeling on your skin.” she says. “Instead, you can exfoliate with something gentle like Terralina’s Facial Exfoliator, $24, and finish up with a creamy moisturizer.”
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BASE TAN MYTH
Think you’re protecting your skin before hitting the beach by getting a “base tan” at the tanning salon? The concept is a myth, explains Beatrice Secretan, PhD, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. “The base tan doesn’t protect you. It’s similar to a sunscreen protection factor of 2 to 4, which is nothing.” And according to a recent meta-analysis of tanning bed studies conducted by IARC, using a tanning bed for any purpose has serious health risks. “Your risk [of skin cancer] increases by 75% if you are exposed [to a tanning bed] under the age of 30.” So take a cue from and hit the beach with your natural skin color – and plenty of SPF.
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GRADUAL TANNER TIMETABLE
“With most gradual tanners, you should start applying them a week before you head to the beach to build up color,” recommends Dera Enochson, self-tanning expert and founder of Xen-Tan. But if you haven’t planned ahead and want to look as golden as Kristin Cavallari when you hit the sand that day, you can try their new Transform Luxe, $30, which kicks in as soon as three hours after you apply it.
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“PLEASE HELP ME! I am so sunburned!” Tweeted after she sizzled – literally – during a Mexican vacation. And according to Dr. Patricia Wexler, she’s right – especially if skin peels! “Skin cells’ death is what causes peeling,” Dr. Wexler explains. “People who burn are doing a great disservice to their skin.” If you find yourself with peeling skin, Dr. Wexler recommends taking aspirin to reduce inflammation and soothing the sunburn with an ice-cold skim milk compress.
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CHICKEN SKIN CURE
Flaunting your arms like might not be an option if you’re among the 50% of women with dry, flaky patches and “chicken skin” bumps caused by keratosis pilaris. DERMAdoctor’s dermalogically developed KP Duty body scrub, $44, and moisturizing therapy, $36, exfoliate, reduce inflammation and hydrate skin – no wonder the brand counts stars like Audrina and as fans.
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CATCH A BEACHY WAVE
Everyone’s hair looks great at the beach, and keeping tousled waves like ‘s all summer-long is easy, says her hairstylist David Babaii. Just tuck a mini-size spray bottle filled with a product like WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray, $10, in your beach bag and spritz your hair when you arrive seaside – then let the wind and sea mist do the rest of the work. To get more voluminous waves, wrap your spritzed hair into a messy ponytail bun at the base of your neck. “The tighter your wrap your hair, the more definition you will create,” says Babaii. “When you are ready to leave the beach, untie your ponytail and allow hair to loosen naturally.”
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GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST
Plagued by tiny white bumps that appear on your chest with the summer heat? Getting a flawless bikini-ready top like ‘s is easy when you know how to treat them. Chest bumps are resistant to standard acne creams because they aren’t ordinary acne. “You can prevent them by applying a mild anti-fungal cream or lotion once a week,” reveals Dr. Fredric Brandt. “You can find [the cream or lotion] on drugstore shelves.”
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SUNSCREEN EASY AS 1-2-3
Keeping yourself slathered in sunscreen is easy when you have a sexy husband like Mel B’s to provide regular touch-ups. But even when a partner is nowhere in sight, you’re more likely to reapply every three hours if you make the process easy. Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Wipes are as simple to use as baby wipes, while brands like Banana Boat offer water-resistant mist-on sunscreens that hit even the most hard-to-reach spots – including your back – with the push of a button.
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Faking a long-lasting golden glow is all about following sunless tanning’s golden rules, says Lisa Fulton, Fake Bake celebrity tanning expert, whose fans include stars like . After you’ve buffed your way to a blank canvas with an oil-free scrub (focusing on your elbows, knees, hands and feet) and perfected your color, it’s all about keeping the glow going. The key? “Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize again!, ” Fulton says. “The more hydrated the skin is the longer the tan will last.”
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For most summer-loving blondes, the threat of green hair isn’t enough to skip a dip in the pool. But if you find yourself with tresses that have turned from platinum perfection like Holly Madison’s to a less-than-lovely shade of green, it’s time to put your locks on detox. Fekkai’s Marine Clean Detox Shampoo, $23, uses the seas’s own botanicals to clean and remove chlorine build-up and get back your signature blonde.
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To ensure a longer-lasting pedicure when you go barefoot in the sand like , use a non-yellowing top coat, like Essie Good to Go! Top coat, $10, suggests Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie Cosmetics. Not only will it keep polish from chipping in the sand, but “this product acts as a sunblock – it protects polish from oxidizing from harmful UVA/UVB sun rays and helps prevent color from changing,” says Weingarten.
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Getting a beach-ready bikini line like ‘s shouldn’t give you flashbacks to the waxing scene from 40 Year Old Virgin. Topical anesthetics like Numb IT can take the pain out of hair removal. “When applied 20 minutes prior to waxing,” explains the product’s developer Ottmar Stubler, “Numb IT deadens the nerve endings and makes the whole waxing experience much more comfortable.”
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HAIR COLOR SHIELD
If you’re anything like , you know that summer’s not the season to avoid the H2O. But a cool dip can wreak havoc on color-treated hair – with plain old water turning out to be hair color’s surprising number one nemesis. Nexxus’s Dualiste color-protection shampoo and conditioner, $15 each, shield hair from fading and provide 40% better color retention than ordinary hair-care products, according to the brand.
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LASER HAIR REMOVAL – AT HOME!
Getting permanently hair-free legs that rival Kristin Cavallari’s flawless stems no longer requires dropping thousands on in-office visits. The newest hair removal innovation brings laser hair removal home. The Silk’n SensEpil offers what some dermatologists have described as clinic-quality results at home – at a fraction of the price ($499).
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keeps her beach bag close at hand while she explores the shore. Stuff yours with all your beach-beauty must-haves, including sunscreen and SPF lip balm, like Nivea Kiss of Protection SPF 30, $3 – and stash other essentials, like your cell phone and iPod, in your brightest cosmetic bag repurposed to protect them from the surf’s spray.
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MAKE SUNSCREEN STICK
“When you’re going to go beach, don’t exfoliate for a couple days before,” says Dr. Brandt. While sloughing off dead skin cells with a product like his star-loved Microdermabrasion Body has major benefits to skin, when you’re as exposed as you have to be extra careful. “Exfoliation removes some of the protective layer of the skin that the sunscreen bonds to,” he explains.
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BANISH RAZOR BUMPS
“When new hair growth becomes trapped under the skin’s surface, bacteria in the hair follicle may result in red, painful bumps,” explains Tony Sosnick, founder/president of Anthony For Men and Shaveworks. Many of Hollywood’s hottest star’s like have turned to Shaveworks The Cool Fix to prevent them. “Its trio of active ingredients – Glycolic, Phytic Acid and Salicylic Acid – exfoliate away dead skin cells so trapped hairs are released and can be removed,” says Sosnick.
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Shielding yourself against the sun is about more than just that just protecting your skin. “Damage to the eyes is one of the most important reasons to be careful in the sun,” says Kenneth Beer, MD, clinical instructor in dermatology at Duke University. “Invest in good sunglasses and make sure they are polarized to protect your eyes,” he emphasizes. And follow ‘s lead by getting even more protection poolside by pairing your stylish shades with an equally cute hat.