WhoWHATWhereWhy: Beauty products that protect that summer skin


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Hot time, summer in the city. Summer anywhere, in fact, calls for a change in the arsenal of beauty weapons. A host of new ones has been introduced to counter the ravages of fun in the sun as the cosmetics industry increasingly shifts its emphasis to treatment. Here's a round-up of the latest innovations:

Learn your BBs and CCs

These are the darlings of industry, a step up from tinted moisturizers. A BB, or beauty balm, cream generally acts as a primer to provide a smooth surface for makeup as it evens skin tone and hides imperfections. It also moisturizes, and some protect from the sun with variable SPF strengths. A CC, or color correcting, cream does the work of a BB but is heavier and generally more luminous so it provides more color and coverage while remaining lighter than a foundation.

Beauty balms

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is one of the best for the money ($12). It leaves a smooth but light finish on the face that can go it alone and has antioxidants including vitamins C and E. The only con is no sunscreen component.

Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream from Garnier comes in two versions -- for normal to dry skin or oil-free -- and contains mineral pigments as well as SPF 15 or 20 ($12).

Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector with SPF 30 is a lightweight corrector that hydrates, smooths flaws, covers and protects ($12).

Color correcting cream

PUR Minerals CC Cream with SPF 40 ($38) corrects, protects and perfects with plant-based ingredients. It promises to brighten skin and moisturize as it conceals with a foundation-like finish.

Clinique's Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35) is a thicker cream that takes a second to blend but leaves a youthful, luminous finish.

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream contains 30 times the vitamin C of an orange and is an anti-aging complexion corrector that comes in three shades ($50).

Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream targets seven signs of aging and fights more with SPF 15 ($23).

Bumpy thighs

Clarins says it has found a cure for the dreaded dimple skin that plagues many women. Its new Body Lift Cellulite Control ($68) is a slimming treatment that claims to prevent and correct cellulite in as little as four weeks. It also hydrates, lifts and tones skin using natural ingredients. It also works great as a daily lotion with slight tightening effect.

Natural wonders

Serums are the secret to a good beauty regimen. They go on clean skin before the moisturizer and generally contain more potent, targeted ingredients to fight aging. The newest serums draw from proprietary formulas from two cutting-edge companies.

Restorsea has a patent pending for its Vibransea Complex, which uses an enzyme released during salmon hatching along with vitamin C and brown algae to strengthen skin. Its Renormalizing Serum ($195) uses Vibransea complex to brighten and hydrate skin and has the same exfoliating properties as glycolic acid without the side effects. It improves elasticity, attacks brown spots and evens skin tone with natural ingredients. Follow the serum with Restorsea Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($150), which contains zinc oxide for sun protection. At Restorsea.com

Algenist's Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum ($98) uses its patented alguronic acid, extracted from microalgae, along with retinol to deliver accelerated results. The serum gently exfoliates the skin surface to smooth texture and imperfections. It also promises to firm and tone skin, visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and impart a radiant glow. Follow with Algenist moisturizer, a light but rich formula that is quickly absorbed and leaves a nice finish. (At Sephora and Algenist.com.)

Magic oils

Exotic oils are having a big moment, with Moroccan argan and marula oil from South Africa joining a host of other botanical beauty oils. Now comes squalane, which our bodies produce naturally but can also be extracted from olives in a form that is nearly identical to human sebum. Indie Lee Squalane facial oil ($32) is part of the Indie Lee Anti-Aging Collection and is odorless, colorless and easily absorbed. It adds moisture and luminosity to the skin and claims to be ideal for sensitive skin, eczema, dermatitis and other skin conditions as it helps to prevent age spots and the formation of wrinkles. (Through Indielee.com.)

The legs have it

Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 offers a relatively new concept; think of it as BB cream for the legs. It comes in three shades: Bronze, a light tan that won't rub off but washes off with one shower; Glow, which leaves an iridescent sheen; and Sheer, a lotion that disguises imperfections including scars and veins and smooths blotchy skin. It's $34 at Sephora or at miracleskintransformer.com

The party's over

And the next day you look like you've been through the wringer. Repechage Eye Rescue Pads ($38 for 60 pads or $9 for the travel size) are infused with black and green tea and the anti-aging power of seaweed to provide cooling relief for tired, puffy eyes.

Hello sunshine

Kiss My Face is one of the more natural, oxybenzone-free skin care lines, and for summer it has a host of sun protection products with hydresia, a moisturizer that comes from sunflower seeds. Among the products is Sport Spray SPF 50 ($17), a clear sweat-resistant spray that dries quickly and blocks UVA and UVB rays. Face Factor with SPF 30 ($10) is fragrance free, water-resistant and loaded with peptides, green tea and licorice extracts to fight free radicals and stimulate collagen. (At Whole Foods and Kissmyface.com.)

Yon-Ka Paris is a luxury French skincare line focused on phyto-aromatherapeutic treatments. It's paraben-free Solar Care line provides optimal UV protection, but it also treats skin with hydrating fruit and plant extracts, grain germ oils, olive and tea polyphenois and other natural ingredients. Among the products is an SPF 50 High Protection Cream ($55), an SPF 25 Medium Protection Cream ($49) and a light textured SPF 20 Medium Protection Spray for face and body ($69). (At yonkausa.com or, locally, Jeffrey Smith Studio, Dena White Studio, Verve Wellness and Salon Vivace.)

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