My reverence for my skin was increased almost a decade ago when I was diagnosed with not one, but two dangerous cancers –- in the same day! After being diagnosed with melanoma, I can assure you, dear readers, that tanning is not an activity I engage in.
However, for those of us who wish to have a glowing, dewy complexion, there are products that can offer up a flattering sun-kissed look without putting your skin’s very health at risk.
A bronzed complexion may be all the rage now, but that was not always the case. As you may know, during the 19th century, pale skin was the accessory de rigueur of wealthy fashionistas. One style legend credits Coco Chanel with reversing the no-tanning trend after accidentally acquiring a sunny glow while cruising to Cannes in the 1920s.
But for those of us who want to protect our skin, no matter the current beauty trends, I’ve gathered a list of the best bronzers so that you too can appear as bronzed as a vacationing socialite, minus the very real risk of skin cancer!
Best Water Resistant Bronzer for Women After 50
Jemma Kidd’s Water Resistant Show Stopper Bronzer imparts a beautiful glow without smudging or streaking. The bronzer is packaged in an oversized container that makes application with a large blush brush simple. And, while the color appears dark in the container, when applied sparingly, it imparts a perfect, natural-looking glow; get it for just over $27 at most Walmart locations.
Best Mineral Bronzer
Bronzed FX Bronzer from Cover FX may just be my favorite new bronzer. This mineral pressed powder bronzer is missing a lot, including oil, fragrances and parabens; all skin irritants that are mainstays in many other bronzers. What you do get with Bronzed FX is rich, believable color in a variety of shades such as Pink Topaz, Golden Peach and our pick, Garnet. Get ‘em for just $28 here!
Best Drugstore Bronzer
Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Bronzer serves up protection from the sun alongside a generous helping of that sun-kissed look. Oil-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free, Healthy Wear Bronzer offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection – meaning you are well protected from sun damage – paired with the skin brightening effects of tomato and licorice extract. Get it for $14.95 at local drugstores such as Walgreens.
Best Boutique Beauty Bronzer
You may not be familiar with Face Atelier, an up and coming beauty brand that offers top-notch products with high end ingredients at reasonable prices, but you should be. The line’s Ultra Bronzer, available for $36 here, calls upon micronized pigments that appear to float on the surface of skin, never sinking into fine lines or wrinkles… not that we have any of those, right darlings?
And what’s better, Face Atelier’s animal testing policies are approved by PETA, meaning they refuse to purchase ingredients from vendors who test on animals. Face Atelier is also endorsed on PETA’s CaringConsumer.org site, a directory of cruelty-free products and companies. Shop the collection online at faceatelier.com.
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