The bees knees

It’s officially summertime. I know this because everyone on Facebook seems much more relaxed. If you’ve been reading my beauty column for the last year or so, you probably know I’m going to kick off summer with a skin protection recommendation.

You’ve heard it all before: sun block, sun screen, SPF, big hats, shade, move to that rainy town in Seattle where the Cullen family lives so that no sunlight ever touches your skin... The reality is we can’t entirely avoid the sun rays (plus we need the vitamin D), but we can protect our largest organ from the damaging ones.

SkinCeuticals makes some of the most outstanding products. Per recommendation of my sister’s dermatologist (I was too cheap to make my own appointment), I purchased PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF 50. This groundbreaking formula is weightless and has color-infused sunscreen technology to give your face a radiant glow. Complete with broad-spectrum physical filters: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and enhanced with a plankton extract, this SPF increases the skin’s defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress.

My sister’s dermatologist also informed me that any sunscreen without zinc is crap, only he didn’t say crap. He may have said worthless. My sister and I carry around SkinCeuticals SPF and apply it throughout the day. Light and airy, it doesn’t clog pores, and most important - it shields your face from harmful rays. At a price point of $30 this sunscreen is worth every penny. http://www.skinceuticals.com/_us/_en/catalog/protect/Physical-Fusion-UV-Defense-SPF-50.htm

Aging is inevitable. Exposure to the sun accelerates this process. We can be smarter than our younger selves and protect our precious skin for the years to come.

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simone headshotOver the past two decades, Simone has worked in the country's top creative advertising agencies, observing trends in popular culture. She has worked with the cream of the crop, cultivating brands and selling products to mainstream America. Simone began writing at the age of eight and went on to publish novellas, write movie scripts and produce music. She also has a sassy and fiery blog "Simone Says..." where she shares her brutally honest observations on life. She is a cynic who has not yet given up hope. Simone graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Communications, and a minor in English.

Website: www.simonesaysblog.com/

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