Sunscreen is essential – we all know that. But did you ever stop at assuming that your suntan lotion could only serve one all-important purpose? In 2011, it’s entirely possible to reimagine the scope of what your sunscreen can do.

The battle lines have been drawn in the war against aging, and it’s looking as though the ladies of today are hedging their bets on antioxidants. The classic antidote to the damaging effects of free radicals in the air, this healthful ingredient is the surest match against premature signs of aging.

Try as we might to delay the signs of aging, it’s hard to maintain the best line of defense without a few expert face-saving strategies. Striving for youthful-looking eyes is especially important to aging women, and it may just get a bit easier with these few simple tips and tricks.

There are many different ways you can shine in the summer, but not all of them are necessarily desirable. This season, make sure you’ve got all the right tools handy to keep oiliness to a minimum – and your natural brilliance at an all-time high.

In case you thought that professional makeup artists had secrets up their sleeves that the rest of us could barely fathom, think again – sometimes, the most amazing beauty solutions are so simple, it’s hard to believe we didn’t think of them ourselves.

Beauty mogul Tom Ford has been making the headlines as of late – reason being he’s got a full line of makeup and beauty products that’s soon to hit the shelves.

We know you’ve got other things on your mind this season (such as the crashing waves in front of you and the warm, white sand below you), but being out and about in the sun requires you to be extra attentive when taking care of your body’s largest organ.

If you ever doubted the merits of following basic beauty sense, take it from Penelope Cruz – being one of the world’s most beautiful women doesn’t exactly come from the use of many complicated, overwrought procedures.

Among the many other countless reasons ladies everywhere are loving the change of seasons, we’re here to highlight all of the reasons why you look beautiful in the summertime – and what you can do to bring out your best during this season of warm, breezy nights and balmy afternoons.

We know it’s tempting to assume that your aesthetician will take care of everything for you, but there are certain ways you should (and shouldn’t) prepare for your appointment that may make the difference between great results and a waste of your hard-earned dollars.

Now that it’s warm, it’s prime time for presenting your freshest face to the world, not for appearing oily or shiny because you put on sunscreen to, you know, take care of your body. If you’re wondering whether there’s a happy medium between exposing yourself to the elements and looking like a reflective surface all summer long, rest assured that there are ways to look gorgeous and stay healthy all at the same time.

Not all mornings will necessarily grace you with the necessary amount of time you need to prepare unhurriedly and wake up fully before you rush out the door. For days when you’ve got about 15 minutes or less to pull yourself together, here are a few tricks to get you out of bed and awake in no time.