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Comments () | Published July 1, 2009

Protecting Your Peepers

In summer you’ll want an eye cream with sunscreen. We liked Prescriptives Anti-Age Advanced Protection Eye Cream SPF 25 ($48 at Nordstrom) and Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care Ultra Protection 30 SPF ($28 at Nordstrom), the only eye cream we found with a whopping 30 SPF that also feels and smells good. Alster suggests using eye cream morning and night—many think it’s only for bedtime, but she says it’s not.

Consider sunglasses with polarized lenses, which not only protect corneas but reduce glare and squinting, helping to prevent crow’s-feet. Our favorites were the black/red/gray Oakley polarized “Dangerous” shades ($215 at or by special order at Voorthuis Opticians), which also look chic. But, says Alster, “many others, including cheapos from Target, have polarized lenses.”

Serums for Sun Damage

After cleansing, Walia applies SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF ($150 at to her face, neck, and chest. The antioxidant serum with vitamin C corrects and prevents sun damage and hydrates the skin. “I love it because there’s medical research behind it,” she says.

We loved two others that claim to prevent or repair sun damage: Cor Silver Wrinkle Serum ($120 at and the newly formulated Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ($47.50 to $74.50 at Macy’s).

Yes, Still Moisturize

Sure, the moisture in skin rises in the summer and faces get oilier with humidity, but the biggest mistake people make, experts say, is skipping moisturizing.

“It’s important to hydrate your face,” Walia says. “I like products that are light and fast-absorbing, like gels.” For dry skin, she recommends SkinCeuticals HB5 Gel ($65 at

“You have to properly prep skin to hold makeup all day,” says DC makeup artist Victoria Stiles, who loves Sisley Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 ($155 at Neiman Marcus). “If you use the right products, like oil-control moisturizers,” Stiles says, “you won’t become oily throughout the day.”

Alster uses Journée Bio-restorative Day Cream With PSP, SPF 30+ ($75 to $120), which is sold through doctors. We tried some and also found it fabulous.

SPF can change the feel and smell of products—the higher the SPF, the thicker and stickier they tend to be—but the best new formulations are light: Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 ($35 at; Boscia Illuminating UVA/UVB SPF 30 ($30 at, which made our skin luminous; and an Alster favorite that does double duty, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42 at Neiman Marcus). Walia likes Neutrogena’s Helioplex line (around $7 to around $19 at drugstores); the active ingredients don’t break down as quickly, so you can go up to four hours without reapplying at the pool or beach.

“There is no difference in the efficacy of SPF in a moisturizer versus a sunscreen,” Alster says. “It can be in either order, but I prefer patients to layer SPF over moisturizer.”

Many good moisturizers don’t contain SPF, so if you use them for daytime, plan on layering. We tried Cor Silver Anytime Moisturiser ($115 at, which feels light and lovely, and the amazing Thinny Thin Chin Neck Firming Cream by Bliss ($48 at, which smoothes skin from chest to chin. 


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