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I dread the summertime for no reason other than I hate the heat. I can'??t stand being hot and stifled by humidity. Oh, and the mosquitoes. Nasty little suckers ruin a nice evening outside. And sweating. I hate sweating. I mean, who likes sweating?

Apparently there are a few reasons I dislike the summertime. And it'??s on the horizon. I'm no meteorologist, but I'm guessing that since this winter wasn'??t exactly a snowstorm of chilly temps, this summer is probably going to be hot hot hot.

On top of everything summer-related is one necessary evil'?¦sunscreen on my face. The greasy feel. The way it pales your complexion out. How you feel like your pores are just stuffed to the brim with the sticky stuff. It'??s like putting a wet blanket onto your face.

I have to share with you a miracle in a space-age bottle I was recently introduced to. The Shiseido's new Urban Environment Oil-free UV Protector. It doesn'??t even feel like a sunscreen or a moisturizer. It'??s as light as air. Instead it'??s like a milk. One more way milk does a body good.

You have to shake it before putting it on. Then this oil-free daily protector goes to work against the three major causes of skin cell damage'??UV Rays, oxidation and over production of sebum (yes, oily faces, rejoice'?¦this is for you too). It has 42SPF. How this is possible in such a light formula, I don'??t understand. It'??s also water- and sweat-resistant. This just keeps getting better.

This ultra-light formulation spreads smoothly and contains mineral powders and herbal extracts to maintain a pore-free and shine-free finish.

This will make my summer a little less stifling. Now if only we can do something about those mosquitoes.

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-free UV Protector is available at Nordstorms, Saks, and Macy'??s or online at for $30.

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Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own

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