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We all know that salt water, chlorine and fun in the sun can leave skin feeling a little less than dewy. Good news is, we also know how to take cover (with shades, hats, and trees) and how to fight back with good skin care products. Click through the gallery for some local buys that help keep summer skin looking and feeling great.
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Funscreen: This sunscreen is so lightweight and so sweet-smelling that even the kids might look forward to that necessary reapplication later in the day. This formula has an SPF of 30 and is also non-comedogenic, so it’s a safe bet for teen use. No parabens and oxybenzone either, in keeping with the everything-is-awesome theme of this cool new product. $24, Soft Shell, 18 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 18 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707-773-4950, softshellpetaluma.com. Photo courtesy of Hint).
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Soap Savvy: This beautifully fragrant Santa Rosa Plum Soap is meticulously handmade by Healdsburg-based Three Sisters Apothecary using only natural ingredients. Crafted in the tradition of early soap-making guilds, this product, unlike most soap made today, retains its naturally occurring glycerin resulting in a highly moisturizing soap. $6, Circle of Hands, 6780 McKinley St. #120, Sebastopol, 707-634-6140, circleofhandswaldorfshop.com. (Photo courtesy of Soap Cauldron)
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Sweet Exfoliation: This extra gentle sugar scrub has a soft impact on your skin, sloughing off dead cells to reveal the freshness beneath. Kissed with a lavender scent, this Bay Area-made creation by Sumbody is a treat for your skin. $19.95 (small), Sumbody, North Main St., Sebastopol, 707-823-2053, sumbody.com. (Photo courtesy of Sumbody)
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Multitasking While Masking: This mask by Morihata is made from Binchotan charcoal, long revered in Japan for its purifying qualities. Charcoal’s absorbency allows it to be detoxifying without the addition of harsh chemicals, making this product work as a cleanser, purifying mask and moisturizer all in one bottle. $50, 14 Feet, 229 North Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-6379, 14feet.net (Photo courtesy of Morihata International)
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Buttery Balm: Body butters provide the ultimate in moisturizing effects, and this version made from The Olive Press’s award-winning olive oil is beautifully fragrant. Use on super dry areas like knees and elbows or all over for a richly hydrating experience. Stay dewey, Sonoma. $20, The Olive Press, 24724 Highway 121 (Arnold Drive), Sonoma, 707-939-8900, theolivepress.com. (Photo courtesy of The Olive Press)