If you’re compiling a list of New Year’s resolutions, you may want to think for a minute about what changes your beauty routine could use.

Summertime means sweat – a lot of it. If you’re the kind of gal who breaks out in perspiration after walking up a flight of stairs during the dog days of summer, the thought of applying greasy sunscreen on top of your already fragile complexion might be less than appealing.

If you’re a serious runner, running mile after mile in compression shorts, a tight sports bra or a scratchy jersey can leave your skin red, raw and irritated.

Let’s face it – bug bites, razor burn and other imperfections may have you feeling self-conscious.

If you can’t spend a day in the sun without winding up with a bright red sunburn, you might be wondering how you can keep you skin healthy even when the temperature soars in the summertime.

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.

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.

There’s nothing better for your beauty routine than a day (or a few) at the beach, but not every consequence of having some fun in the sun will necessarily be a welcome addition to your sun-kissed veneer.

Unless you’re lucky enough to be spending all day lounging beach or poolside, chances are you may run across the small (yet circumstantial) dilemma of when to apply sunscreen to your face.

When you were a little kid, before you could go frolic in the waves or in the park, your mother probably held you down while slathering you in sunscreen.

Most of you know that you should always wear sunscreen (whether or not you actually do is another matter entirely). But there are other things to keep in mind as you apply before heading out the door, and they could make the difference in your overall sun protection.

It’s one thing to want to look like the queen of the jungle with an enviable Amazonian tan, but no one wants to emulate the zebras or tigers who make such a stunning addition to the landscape otherwise. So what’s a gal to do?