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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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The Ultimate Guide to Beauty Oils

They're the current beauty craze, and for good reason -- oils offer a plethora of benefits for your face, hair, nails, and everything in between. But if you're confused by the many options, or just aren't sure how (or why) to use one, we've got answers. Read on to learn all about eight slick superstars, and how you can work them into your regimen.

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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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6 Ways to Minimize Oily Skin

Some may think it's only teenagers who get an oily T-zone. Not the case! "Oil production in the skin is primarily controlled by hormones, cortisol (stress hormone), and androgens (male-type hormones)," says New York City dermatologist Jessica Weiser, M.D. "Oily skin in adult women, especially those over 30, is the result of overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands in the skin." Here's how to reduce the extra shine (without stripping your skin dry).

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    • Scrub the Right Way

      Use a physical scrub like Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish ($32; sephora.com), which is made out of microbeads that purify oily skin. If you have sensitive skin, a chemical exfoliator infused with alpha hydroxy or salicylic acids can be used to dissolve pore-clogging dead cells from the uppermost layer of skin to reveal fresher skin underneath.

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    • Add a Retinoid to Your Regimen

      Adding a retinol -- or prescription-strength Retin-A -- is helpful in reducing sebum production and increasing cell turnover to prevent blockage of hair follicles and increase oil drainage, Dr. Weiser says. Retin-A and retinol (its weaker-but-still-effective OTC counterpart) also make existing blackheads less sticky so blocked oil, dirt, and grime can reach the surface of your skin and be washed away. 


      Find it in: Vichy Laboratories LiftActiv Retinol Ha Day SPF 18 Sunscreen 1.35 fl oz (40 ml) ($47.50, drugstore.com)

    • Skip the Sugar

      Scientists have found that cutting back on sugary snacks helps reduce breakouts. How so? Noshing on foods with a high glycemic index (think: cake, candy, and cookies) absorb into the bloodstream more quickly and cause a spike in hormone levels, which may boost sebum production. The obvious culprits are sweets like cake, candy and cookies. But, you should also be wary of other surprising “High GI” foods like white rice and pasta, potatoes, corn and bran flakes, and melons. 

    • Embrace Some Oil

      Sea buckthorn oil is one of the new, promising ingredients in facial oil control. One study found that a cream infused with the extract was able to reduce sebum production by nearly 45 percent. The oil (try Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, $35, Whole Foods), which can be purchased at a health food store and added to your face lotion, balances your skin, reduces inflammation, and kills acne causing bacteria.

    • Read the Labels

      If you are prone to greasy skin and breakouts, choose lightweight, oil-free moisturizers for your skin, says celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau. "Avoid the ingredients mineral oil, petroleum, and petrolatum in your moisturizer, as these may suffocate the skin and clog the pores." If these comedogenic ingredients are listed as one of the first five ingredients, consider steering clear. If they are listed at the bottom of the label they may be included in small, safe-for-skin doses.

    • Don't Skimp on H2O

      Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to reduce oily skin. "The amount of oil your skin produces is directly tied to the hydration levels in your skin," Rouleau says. "When the skin doesn't have the water it needs, the skin attempts to balance itself by producing more oil (by stimulating the nerve endings) to compensate for the lack of water."


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