Nautical Fashion for Every Day

Nothing says summertime quite like freshly squeezed lemonade, ocean breezes, sun-kissed skin, and of course, any and everything nautical. Don't live by the coast? Not a problem. Beth Parker of s e e r s u c k e r + s a d d l e s shares these nautical inspired looks that are wearable even if you live inland!

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Sunscreens You'll Actually Look Forward to Applying

We all know we're supposed to wear sunscreen, but sometimes its sticky, greasy residue makes hiding indoors almost seem worthwhile. Fear not: These smooth-sailing sunscreens are a breeze to apply, and their barely-there formulas won't turn your beach day into a major bummer. Find your perfect match here!

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Anti-Aging Tips for Summer

Anti-aging gets even tougher when summer months hit and the sun┬┐s rays take a toll on your skin. We show you anti-aging tips designed for warmer weather so your skin stays smooth, soft, and youthful all season long.

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New Beauty Ingredients and Trends, Explained

If you've ever left the beauty aisle scratching your head at some of the latest cosmetic catchphrases (growth factors!?! sleep masks!?!), this story is for you. Here, top beauty experts break down the latest buzzwords in skin care and makeup. Consider this handy guide to some of the coolest new products and trends.

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Goof-Proof Self-Tanners

If you like the look of a deep tan or even just a subtle, sun-kissed glow, sunless tanner is the only way to go (no skin-damaging UV rays!). But we all know application can be tricky. One false move and you can be left with an obvious streak that lasts for days. Fortunately, the latest crop of glow getters makes a faux tan faux pas free.

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How to Get Shine-Free Skin

Oily skin can ruin your look, especially in the summer months. Learn the right types of makeup for oily skin, and how to apply makeup for a shine-free, matte face.

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12 Beach Bag Must-Haves

Summer days are meant to be carefree, but that doesn't mean you can drop the, um, beach ball with your beauty routine. Here are our favorite warm-weather essentials to keep you feeling and looking cool, chic, and well protected.

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The Sleep/Skin Connection

You know what a series of sleepless nights does to your complexion -- increases dullness, dryness, and dark circles. Now you know why: New research shows that the body's biological clock plays a big role in how skin functions -- and ages. Find out how to help your skin stick to the proper schedule so you don't wake up one day to lines and wrinkles.

More proof that beauty sleep is not a myth: A recent study conducted on mice shows that when the body's circadian rhythm (aka our biological clock responsible for sleeping and waking within a 24-hour period) is disrupted by, say, skimping on shut-eye, stem cell function is also disrupted. When stem cells follow normal circadian patterns, they know to defend our DNA against UV rays during the day and repair damage at night. When this balance is thrown off, skin is more susceptible to DNA damage and premature aging. What's more? A separate study done by MIT found that circadian rhythms in mice naturally decrease with age. Researchers prevented the slowing clock by boosting a gene called SIRT1.

While no skin care treatment can boost this gene, cosmetic brands have been using these recent findings to come up with new, topical ways to compensate when your circadian rhythm has gone rouge. But can they help? "I think we're just beginning to scratch the surface here," says David E. Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY. "But I don't think anything you're going to get in an over-the-counter cream is going to make much of an impact on resetting skin's circadian rhythm." 

So what will help? Aside from getting adequate sleep, Bank says, "add the usual list of good guy ingredients -- retinoids, peptides, antioxidants, and sunscreen to your daily routine." During the day, aid skin's natural defenses by using broad-spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 30) and antioxidants, which neutralize skin-damaging free radical damage. Try Neutrogena Age Shield Anti-Oxidant Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($11; neutrogena.com). At night, boost skin's repair process with topical retinoids and/or peptides, which speed up cell turnover and boost collagen production. Try Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum + Moisturizer ($17; ulta.com), which contains pro-retinol.

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