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New sunscreen products help block harmful rays



Published: Sat, July 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



SCRIPPS HOWARD

When it comes to healthy skin, prevention and maintenance are always better than intervention and remedy.

During the summer, take vitamins, keep your skin moist and drink lots of natural fluids, especially water. After-sun gels and creams are soothing, moisturizing and refreshing and feel even better when applied right out of the fridge.

If you get badly sunburned, see a physician or dermatologist immediately. They can recommend remedies that quickly ease swelling, redness and pain.

Here are some of the newest sunscreen and after-sun products that may be worth a try:

Coppertone Continuous Spray and Sports Continuous Spray, sweat-proof and waterproof with SPF 30 and no-spill twist-lock caps.

Clarins UV Plus Protective Day Screen SPF 40, oil-free with mineral filters, white tea and titanium dioxide for year-round face protection in shade and sun.

Nature's Gate Giggleberry Kid's Block lotion with SPF 30 is mild and water-resistant with skin-nourishing vitamin E, organic lavender, cucumber and rosemary.

Good Skin All Firm Rebuilding Serum and All Hydrated Body Cream soothe and repair skin after prolonged sun exposure.

Blue Lizard Australian Suncream with SPF 30+, developed by Del-Ray Dermatologicals. Its micronized zinc oxide deflects light away from the skin.

Black Diamond Formula Sun Protection by Jack Black contains key UV-blocker Parsol 1789 and is nongreasy and odorless. The line's Intense Therapy Lip Balm with green tea, mint, avocado oil and shea butter has an SPF of 25 and the After Sun Salvation Cool Comfort Gel soothes with aloe, willowherb and cucumber extract.

Body Guard Exquisitely Light SPF 30 by DERMAdoctor is a broad-spectrum face-and-body lotion with antioxidants, botanicals and a matte finish.

Panama Jack Baby Sunblock Spray Lotion offers full protection with an SPF of 50 and sprays on dry and smooth.

Verbena Soothing Body Ice Gel by L'Occitane freshens and moisturizes with verbena extract.

Doctor's Dermatologic Formula (DDF) Organic Sunblock SPF 30 claims to refract almost 98 percent of the sun's damaging rays.

Murad's Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 To Go contains pomegranate antioxidants and a patented collagen-strengthening formula.




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