From the Editor

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Summer is here, and for many, that means slathering on the sunscreen and seeking out shady spots to protect ourselves from the sun’s relentless rays. For me, growing up in the 1970s and 80s meant doing, or not doing, things to catch the perfect tan or get that healthy “glow.” We did things that would make dermatologists and skin care professionals today shudder, usually involved basting ourselves with baby oil or cocoa butter, or just running about completely unprotected all summer long. My summer vacation always ended up smelling like aloe vera sunburn lotion.

We now know how damaging the effects of the sun can be on skin of all types, and that putting your best face forward can change as you grow older. In this issue we’ve got you covered with all the best skincare advice, tips, tricks and products that will give your skin a refreshing glow – in a truly healthy way.

Summer, for many, also means turning off the stove and oven to seek out dining options that don’t involve cranking up the A/C. We turn to some of our favorite chefs to find out where they go when they are out of the kitchen, and what favorite neighborhood spots are always on their personal family menus.

Summer is all about taking things a little more slowly, treating yourself to some self-care, if possible and finding ways to stay cool and comfortable through the heat and humidity. From cocktails to backyard barbecue ideas, travel tips and more, we’ve got you covered.

So, sit back and relax with our July summer guide. We recommend you find your favorite relaxation spot, shake up a refreshing beverage and order in some cool treats. And be sure to skip the baby oil. Your skin will thank you later.

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