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The Lowdown on Summer Skincare

May 4, 2010 at 11:35AM by Gennifer Delman |

SKN beverly hills Safe Tan

She's treated Britney Spears and Demi Moore, and now she's sharing her tips with CG! readers! Dr. Vicki Rapaport has launched a skincare line called SKN beverly hills that contains all natural products to keep your skin fresh during the summer. CG! is digging the Safe Tan in a bottle for beach days. Here, she shares her summer skincare tips:

CosmoGIRL!: What is the best SPF for teens?

Dr. Vicki Rapaport: The best SPFs are 30 or higher. You don't need to go too crazy and go so high (say 70 and up). I really think that's too much chemical on the skin. So make it SPF 30 or a little higher and make it chemical free if possible.

CG!: How does the sun affect acne?

VR: The real scientific answer is that the sun is an immunosuppresant. It does help acne in the first few exposures but over time, that reaction becomes less effective and you can continue breaking out just as before. It dries up the oil glands but they're also basically calming down our immune system. Your body realizes, "I won't let the rays suppress me anymore," so your acne returns.

CG!: Besides wearing SPF at all times, what else do teens need to know about protecting their skin during the summer?

VR: They need to know that when they're young, that's when damage occurs. This is the time to protect your skin. Eighty percent of damage we get from the sun we get before we turn 18 years old! To be safe, stay away from sunburns or getting tan. There's no such thing as a gradual, safe, tanning from the sun. I love swim shirts and hats for the beach.

CG!: What SPF is needed for the whole body even when it isn't sunny?

VR: SPF means sun protection factor. So think of it this way: If somebody burns in an hour, SPF 30 will protect you 30 times that time it takes you to burn. So, don't be fooled by overcast days — You can still get lots of UV ray exposure. I would still recommend an SPF of 30 or higher. You won't need to reapply unless you're swimming or sweating a lot.

CG!: How can teens maintain their healthy skin?

VR: During the summer, it means a couple of things. Obviously more sun exposure, humidity, sweating, and likely breakouts. To help curb breakouts you should switch around your cleanser and try a strong benzoyl peroxide wash and facial scrub to help with the oil and sweat buildup. Also, wear a hat — It's the best sunscreen out there!

Which summer skincare products do you use?

xoxo,

Gennifer

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