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Put your best face forward while enjoying sun’s warm, damaging rays

Finally. It’s warm and sunny. You’re heading to the park, raking your yard, going for walks without the aid of a treadmill. And you’re wearing sunscreen every day, right? Just because you’re not spending the day under the blazing sun at the beach doesn’t mean you’re safe from the damage its soothing rays can cause.

Actually, you should be wearing sunblock year-round. After all, the sun isn’t gone in the winter. It’s easy enough to find a product to use on most parts of your body, there are entire aisles devoted to them nearly every where you shop. But the delicate skin of your face is another matter. And it’s a part of your body that is always exposed.

To get you the scoop on the latest in face-worthy sunscreens, I headed to Lotions-n-Potions on Main Street in Concord, where I was treated to a primer on products that are gentle enough for daily use and strong enough to offer plenty of protection. I chose three products to test that are perfect for women and men (yeah, guys, you need protection from wrinkles and skin cancer, too).

Here are the three I tried and what I thought of them. And these aren’t your only options. Lotions-n-Potions has products to suit any preference, including mineral-based makeup that does double duty as sunscreen, and several product lines designed just for babies.

HydroPeptide

This is like magic in a bottle. Really. Not only does it offer an SPF of 30, but it contains green tea and acai, which are anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, and color-correcting agents that help even out redness and minor imperfections. It’s also a moisturizer.

Pros: Makes your skin look amazing while protecting it.

Price: $40 for 1.2 fl. oz.

Coola Cucumber

This mineral-based sun protectant goes on liquid but dries instantly to a powdery soft, matte finish. It’s made with organic rose hip oil, which is rich in Vitamin C. Organic calming evening primrose and linseed oils improve elasticity and help skin retain moisture.

Pros: Goes on light as air, so it won’t feel heavy in the summer heat. Contains no nano-sized particles, which means its active ingredients will not penetrate the skin.

Price: $32 for 1.2 fl. oz.

Coola Plant UV

Filled with naturally protective plant cells that offer the benefits of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, Coola Plant UV is preservative-free. It’s also fortified with olive oil and Omega-3 enriched linseed oil to moisturize your skin while protecting it.

Pros: A fantastic moisturizer for those with skin that tends to be on the drier side. Contains no nano-sized particles, which means its active ingredients will not penetrate the skin.

Price: $32 for 1.2 fl. oz.

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