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Summer sun care + a giveaway!

We all know that sunscreen should be an essential part of your year-round skincare routine, but with summer coming up, many of us will be spending a lot more time outside, on the beach, and lying in the sun.

One product we're loving for summer is PHYTOPLAGE to protect our hair from the sun. We spoke with Phyto Expert & National Educator Christyn Nawrot about why it's important to protect our hair, especially during the summer months.

"During the summer, people notice their hair is more dry, loses color more quickly, and shows signs of friction damage from windy, salty air. But the truth is environmental damage impacts our hair every day of the year. The great thing is that there are easy ways to protect your hair every day. For the best hair (and skin!) protection-you can never go wrong by simply wearing a hat. However, there are also lightweight broad spectrum sprays to protect your tresses. I tell my clients to keep a bottle of PHYTOPLAGE Protective Sun Veil by their keys and spray it right over their finished style before they walk out the door. It's greaseless, weightless UV protection and it creates great shine," shares Phyto Expert & National Educator, Christyn Nawrot.

As we look forward to warmer weather, we're looking for new sunscreens and sun care products -- and the perfect travel bag -- that can make a relaxing day on the beach, whether you're getting ready for a cool spring break or a hot summer day.

Click through the gallery above to check out great new sunscreen and sun care products we're loving to make this summer in the sun the best!

To get ready for the summer sun, we're giving away 5 La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 XL Melt-In Milk, 5 Aubrey Natural Sun SPF 30 Green Tea Antioxidant, 5 Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers, and a Modella 10-piece Bold Floral Getaway Travel Set to carry it all in with a total approximate retail value of over $300.00 to one lucky reader!

All you have to do is follow @AOL on Twitter and retweet 1 of 9 promotional tweets for a chance to win!

Full rules:
• Open to legal residents of 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
• To enter, retweet (true retweet, quoted retweets will not be counted) 1 of our 9 tweets stating "Retweet for a chance to win 15 sunscreens from @LaRochePosayUSA, @AubreyOrganics & more! Rules: http://aol.it/1fCU1Xa #AOLGiveaway".
• Contest begins on March 30th, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time and ends on March 31st, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
• You may enter up to 9 times.
• 1 winner will be selected in a random drawing at the end of the contest.
• 1 winner will win (5) 5 fl. oz. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 XL Melt-In Milk, (5) 4 fl. oz. Aubrey Natural Sun SPF 30 Green Tea Antioxidant, (5) 8 fl. oz. Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers, and (1) Modella 10-piece Bold Floral Getaway Travel Set with a total approximate retail value of $324.60!
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ae12wrangell March 30 2014 at 2:07 PM

Wearing a hat is not an answer. It helps, but not a lot. In 1962 I was with my Mom and Dad at Jones Beach, and spent the entire day with a hat on, and most of the time under a beach umbrella (I was only 3 at the time). When I got back home, my face was scorched red from the reflection of the ocean. I have been on fishing trips and got fried. As for Jones Beach, I ended up with second degree burns on each ear.

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StarGazer ae12wrangell March 30 2014 at 3:18 PM

Wow you have a good memory

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ae12wrangell StarGazer March 30 2014 at 5:03 PM

That's what I was told by my Mom and Dad. Being Irish, I always fry easily.

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seacord ae12wrangell March 30 2014 at 3:25 PM

Had any more excitement since that day in 62'..?

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Lucille March 31 2014 at 10:04 AM

I used this product years ago..didn't know it was still around! It was good - but still does not totally armour your hair from the total effects of damaging rays and environment. I wear UV protection all year, not just the summer - winter's sun rays are plenty powerful, too! I live in an arid climate so - hint: try using either coconut oil -a dollop, at night, this will not weigh your tresses down, but revitalize some of the damage. Remember, hair is already dead when it is on your head, it's folliciles are the ones that must remain moist! We can make hair look shiny - but to restore true balance it comes from within where the hair grows!!!

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generalsnafu March 30 2014 at 9:07 PM

Forget all this BS. Go to your local health food store and ask for PBA in 1000 mg dose. PBA is Para-Aminobenzoic Acid. I have used this item for more years than I care to count. I am fair skinned and I burn easily. For years I worked the boat shows all day in the sun. and used this item to prevent sunburn. I still use it today if I'm going to spend a prolonged period in the sun.

The night before going out on an all day session in the sun, I take 1000mg. I take the same in the morning, and again around 2:00PM. All day in the sun without applying sunscreen and I will not get burnt. This naturally produced item is found in foods we eat and is used in the manufacture of sunscreen. It is possible to take too much but, you would have to get really carried away.

I hate slathering on sunscreen and this approach also covers those places where we might forget to apply sunscreen. I love this stuff and you will too.

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cedlakec March 30 2014 at 6:47 PM

Please, do heed the warnings about skin cancer. For many years I had great looking skin with a natural blush. This went on even in my sixties. I thought that this was something I would always have and took it for granted. Then one day I developed a growth on my forehead and it was malignant. I have only a small scar from this . However, the second event left me with a large scar on my wrist. Please, wear your hat and use sunscreen. I have very light skin and this may make a difference. Don't be as smug as I was!

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daxcess2 cedlakec March 31 2014 at 8:09 AM

You are right. I don't have light skin, but I developed skin cancer too. Since then I have stayed out of the sun except for normal exposure. I miss the beach, but I value my life more.

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My Darling March 30 2014 at 6:21 PM

I live in Minnesota and I wear sun screen 12 months a year! My skin looks fabulous! People think that I am 10 years younger than I am, so that is great. My advise is to use sun screen correctly....apply it as soon as you get out of the shower....at least 30 or more minutes BEFORE you go outside. It takes that long to soak deep into your skin. If you apply it when you are at the beach...it is too late! I think that sun screen should be called "Tan Enhancer" because that is what it really does!

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wcdaley6754 My Darling March 31 2014 at 5:38 AM

So you'll look YOUNG when you get diagnosed with liver or kidney disease (or skin cancer from one of the lotions that actually CAUSE cancer.) Well, to each their own I guess.

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terry March 30 2014 at 5:48 PM

it seems the american public will beleive anything and everything, since your hair is dead, no matter what you do it is still dead!!!!!!!!!!!!

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cat5400 March 30 2014 at 4:36 PM

Right...keep slathering on the chemicals. Keeping eating them and breathing them in. Keep eating processed food that isn't food at all. Keep ingesting artificial sweetners and overly prescribed medications. Wonder where so many diseases and organ failures come from...we shouldn't.

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wcdaley6754 March 30 2014 at 3:51 PM

Since sunscreen has started being pushed so much there is MORE skin cancer. Secondly, these lotions don't just evaporate into the air. They are absorbed into your body to be broken down by the kidneys and liver. ALL these man made chemicals going into the liver - NOT good.
People these days are more vitamin D deficient than EVER before - sunscreen and not letting the sun on bare skin prevents the aborbstion of vitamin D.

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crazy ray wcdaley6754 March 30 2014 at 4:52 PM

More nuts a poppin'. By and large, sunscreens contain inert (look up words you don't understand) material that washes off quite easily. And while you're at it, a little help with spelling and English wouldn't hurt.

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wcdaley6754 crazy ray March 30 2014 at 6:28 PM

I'm a carpenter, not a typist. And if you are out in the sun all day you aren't washing away your sunscreen! It is being absorbed into your body.

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crazy ray Janice March 30 2014 at 4:54 PM

I guess it is now a requirement to be mentally unbalanced in order to have your comments included in this article. I also guess that dementia has already kicked in for you and you haven't the sense to come in out of the sun OR rain.

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Joan crazy ray March 30 2014 at 7:08 PM

Not necessary to be so condescending of someone's opinion, even if it contradicts your own. Let us know when your own "dementia kicks in", Ray.

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Jeff Janice March 30 2014 at 4:55 PM

you probably smoke too and think its fine

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wcdaley6754 Jeff April 01 2014 at 5:01 PM

She's AGAINST chemicals, can't you read? NO sunscreen, so I'd imagine no smoking either.

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Holly Pc March 30 2014 at 2:27 PM

If you are the type of person who burns easily, Do not go to the beach. But if are afraid of burning the best way to prevent from Burning is to actually spend time out side and stay outside for a period of time instead in front of the T.V. And thjis is not for a day or so.

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Janice Holly Pc March 30 2014 at 3:17 PM


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