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FORECAST: HOT AND SUNNY
1. Pick the proper sunscreen. The SPF should be no lower than 15. Pay special attention to spots that are easily forgotten - your nose, lips and ears.
2. Don't forget a wide-brimmed hat - and one of those chic striped umbrellas. Keep in mind, the water and sand reflect onto exposed skin, so you still need to cover up. Loose-fitting clothing is preferable.
3. Go for a fake glow. Self-tanners are the only way to get the look of a tan without the risk of wrinkles, skin cancers and the like. (UV radiation from the sun causes about 80% of wrinkles!)
4. Don't forget your eyes. Protect this especially delicate area with sunglasses that filter UV rays. They will also help keep squinting (another wrinkle-creator) at a minimum.
5. Pimp your ride. UVA rays pass right through windows. If you spend a lot of time driving, you may want to consider tinted windows or protective screens - a quick-and-easy fix.
6. Warm weather can lead to sweat and grime. Keep skin and pores extra clean to prevent breakouts.
7. Outdoor pastimes and gardening can rough up the skin. Exfoliate for a smooth and polished appearance.
8. Consider a spritzer. A refreshing mist of cold green tea will keep skin cool. It's loaded with anti-inflammatory polyphenols to calm heat-induced redness.
9. Change your moisturizer with the season. Heavy winter moisturizers run the risk of suffocating summer skin.
FORECAST: COLD AND SNOWY
1. Wind-whipped, chilled, downright dry? Long, hot showers can strip the skin of its natural oils. Shower with warm water and moisturizer while skin is still damp - it will help your skin hang on to much-needed moisture (and thank you later.)
2. Beat the dry heat. Indoor heating can dehydrate the skin. Stay hydrated and add a humidifier to the mix.
3. Just when you thought daily application was on hiatus, it turns out that sunscreen is a wintertime must. Skiers take note: snow reflects up to 80% of the sun's rays.
4. Who knew that the repeat rubbing of a hat on your forehead could lead to breakouts? Clean the area with a mild, non-irritating cleanser.
5. Dry, cold weather escalates lip chapping - and cracking, too. Keep lips soft and supple with a petroleum-based balm.
6. Pamper from top to toe. Opt for a lotion with petroleum and glycerin to keep your feet their softest.
7. Look alive. Dry, dead surface cells tend to stand out more in the winter, when skin loses moisture. Exfoliate and moisturize to combat this lackluster effect.
8. Skin changes with the weather - so should your moisturizer. If it's light enough for summer, it might not be rich enough for cooler months.
9. Don't skip the moisturizer. Dry winter weather zaps moisture from the skin, making wrinkles particularly prominent.