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Summer Skin: Our Guide to Matching Your Sunscreen to Your Vacation Plans

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Unless you're planning to spend all summer locked in a windowless room, you're going to need some kind of sun protection. Here's our guide to matching your sunscreen to your summer outing.

Wine tasting:
If you're a hardcore wine geek, you won't want any flavors, scents, or dyes possibly interfering with your tastings. So an unscented sunscreen like Philosophy's Here Comes the Sun ought to do the trick - without offending your scent glands. And just like the booze, it's natural.

Snorkeling:
The best way to protect your scalp from sun damage is to wear a hat. But if you're going to be swimming, snorkeling, or spending lots of time in the water, a hat doesn't really make sense. But weighing down your hair with goopy sunscreen isn't a good option either. The solution: spray-in sunscreen, like this one from Neutrogena. Since it's good for wet skin, you don't have to worry about it all sliding off your skin as soon as you hit the water.

Tanning:
Okay, if you really want to get your JWoww on this summer, at least be smart about it. Not only should you wear sunscreen, follow up with an apres-sun product like Clarins' After Sun Moisturizer to even out skin and stay hydrated.

Lounging Poolside:
Summer is a perfect excuse to pick up some cute new sunglasses. But since the skin around the eyes is thinner and more prone to lines and wrinkles, it couldn't hurt to use a sunscreen designed specifically for the eye area, like Lancome's Bienfait.

Hiking:
If you're already wearing a base sunscreen but are doing something like hiking, tote some of these Supergoop "sunscreen swipes" along as a backup. They're light and easily portable, but they're great for midday touchups. Most importantly, they don't get your fingers all gooey.

Skiing:
You're rebellious, and you're willing to go to the other side of the world if it means you can hit the slopes year round. Chanel's UV Essential sunscreen costs fifty bucks for one ounce, so you'll want to use it sparingly. A time when your entire body is covered except for your face is a good occasion.

Hiding indoors as much as possible:
As a super pale girl, I feel you on this one. I like Neutrogena's products (such as this Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen) because they contain helioplex, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. They also go up as high as 110 SPF. So now you have no excuse.

Exactly what you do the rest of the year:
If you're already taking care of your skin, odds are good that sunscreen is part of your year-round arsenal. Good for you! If you want to make sure you're getting maximum bang for your beauty buck, we like Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector sunscreen. Not only does it protect you from UV rays, it has anti-aging properties and contains antioxidants. We like to call that a full-scale attack.
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