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posted: 7/14/2011 1:00 AM

Show off your skin this summer: Tips for a clear complexion

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  • To maintain a clear complexion, be sure to cleanse and moisturize daily, even if you have oily skin.

    To maintain a clear complexion, be sure to cleanse and moisturize daily, even if you have oily skin.


Everyone loves the sunshine, but summertime can wreak havoc on your skin. From the damaging sun rays to the pore-clogging sweat from your favorite outdoor activities, it's tough to feel confident with skin imperfections holding you back.

Don't hide your skin this summer -- get a flawless complexion by following a few simple skincare steps. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Karen offers the following easy tips to keep you looking and feeling great all summer long:

Always wear sunscreen: You've heard it a hundred times, but surprisingly very few people wear sunscreen every day, even during the summer months. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 -- preferably 30 -- every day year-round, but make sure to reapply frequently during the summer when you are more exposed to sun damage.

Remove makeup before being active: What's worse than sweat clogging your pores? Sweat and makeup. Remove your makeup with a convenient and easy to use cleansing wipe like Proactiv Makeup Removing Cloths. The cloths can be used on the go so you never have to worry about getting stuck in a sticky (and sweaty) situation.

Stay shine-free: Carry a small pack of oil-blotting sheets with you in your bag or pocket. Simply blot your face when you feel an oil slick to help you remain grease-free. And, treat yourself to an oil absorbing mask.

Get bathing suit ready: Acne doesn't discriminate -- it will show up on your face, back, and even in unexpected places. Keep your whole body clear this summer with an acne-fighting body scrub containing at least 2 percent salicylic acid. Top it off with a light moisturizer that also contains a dose of this key acne-clearing ingredient to fight acne from head to toe.

Achieving clear skin is about prevention. So, in addition to these tips, make sure to cleanse and moisturize on a daily basis (even if you have oily skin) to maintain a healthy balance. Exfoliation is key to keeping pores from clogging with oil and dead skin, which can be caused by tanning and other outdoor activities. Make sure to use a sunless self tanner instead for a gorgeous and safe glow.