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Portable Protection

Many women, this beauty enthusiast included, cannot be convinced to add another layer of product to their faces. The beauty industry makes a mint off marketing another layer of products to us that we don't need. That said, the one layer that is essential in any woman's regime is SPF. Each day we're exposed to the sun's harmful rays and within minutes irreversible damage can be done to our skin if it's left unprotected. We're not just talking about the SPF found in your moisturizer or foundation. Within a matter of minutes, that "adequate" sun protection can fade away and be rendered ineffective after a minimum amount of sun exposure or sweat. The best method of protection is periodic reapplication throughout the day and, fortunately, companies have begun to realize the need for portable SPF protection.

One spritz of Camille Cosmeceuticals NY's Oil Free Sunblock SPF 30 offers oil free sun protection in a cooling spray. The lightweight formula utilizes apricot kernel oil and vitamin E for moisturizing and titanium dioxide for it's natural sun protection qualities. Perfect for dry to normal skin types, this spray is best used poolside or for those sweaty summer activities.

Peter Thomas Roth's Instant Mineral SPF 30 offers mineral SPF protection in a convenient matte powder with brush applicator. Using this product as your touch up powder this Summer ensures your skin will be well protected from any potential sun damage. Network Partners Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains and She Finds recently also sang the praises of this innovative product.

Whether in spray, lotion, or powder form, keeping some SPF in your makeup bag is a wise choice. We realize the smell of Coppertone on one's face isn't exactly an attractive quality, but we are far beyond those days. The new fad, we say, is looking like you're thirty five when your fifty--no plastic surgery needed. Check out our other picks of portable sunblock below.

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