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?

Everyone grows up with the sunscreen mantra, so much so that it is an ingrained practice in our culture to always lather up when poolside or beachside. But how many of us are aware of all those other moments we spend in the sun?

By now, it’s probably ingrained in everyone that sunscreen is the name of the game. Since day one, we’re lectured to never go to the beach without it, and some particularly health-conscious folks won’t even get the mail without a touch of SPF.

By now many of us are aware of the dangers of tanning, and often opt for safer methods of achieving the same sun-kissed glow. Self-tanners and spray tanning products are now being endorsed by professionals, who want us all to know that we’ll look that much sexier for taking care of our bodies.

While summer may be slowly coming to a close, there are still more than a few fabulous beach days left. However, while many women may think they have a foolproof skincare system for sun protection, some ladies may be making a few mistakes that can damage their skin.

While it may be common to hear women with fair skin profess their need for sunblock products that boast a high SPF to protect their complexion, it seems that women with darker skin should also stock up on sunscreen.

Many women fret over what makeup is most appropriate for the summer months. Some feel uncomfortable wearing less than foundation, lipstick and mascara, while others are good to go after a swipe of tinted lip balm and a dusting of loose powder.