Summer Bronze: Your Guide to Bronzers, Part 2

If you’re living in a naturally warmer climate (cough, California!), it’s easy to confuse spring with the beginning of summer as blue skies dominate and the sun shimmers down. But whether you’re jonesing for a touch of summer in your life or are already breaking out your booty shorts, bronzers are often turned towards for a subtle, sunkissed glow that is an earmark of summer and fun.

Estée Lauder ‘Bronze Goddess’ Soft Matte Bronzer ($29.50) is part of their summer Bronze Goddess launch. It’s a smooth, silky bronzing powder that minimizes oil to keep skin looking more matte throughout the day. The compact comes with a contoured brush, which I adore. I don’t love sponge applicators, and usually, that’s what you get in a compact. Instead, you can tote this easily transportable compact with a fabulous little brush inside for last minute touch-ups.

Dior Essential Bronzing Powder ($40.00) is very much like your typical bronzer, though I will say it goes on like velvet and feels like silk. It also blends incredibly well with my natural skin tone so that it really does create a subtle bronzed look without being too heavy or unnatural.

GlowFusion Micro-Tech Intuitive Active Bronzer GlowFusion ($39.00) is Fusion Beauty’s answer to giving you glowing skin. It is supposed to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles to help give the appearance of healthier skin that glows. There are “soft-focus luminzers” to help give you that bronze color by their InvisiSkin complex. With all their techy and patent-speak, it makes me skeptical. I actually happened to get this when I attended a Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show a season ago, and while it is deliciously smooth and feels like silk on skin… I can’t say that I would ever splurge $39 on it.

MAC Bronzing Powder ($20.00) come in three shades that have a touch of shimmer (very fine, very subtle!) to help highlight and color naturally. I only own one bronzer by MAC, and it will probably last me a lifetime. I think the shade I own is Golden Bronze or something like that. Each summer, MAC launches their summer skin/bronze line, and that’s usually a great place to pick up a bronzer.

Stay tuned for part three (did you miss part one?)!

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Summer Sun Care – Introduction to UVA, UVB, UVC and Fitzpatrick Classification

As spring fades away and summer starts to roll in, we want you to have fun and take care of yourself with the additional sun exposure. Over the next several weeks, we will be giving you the low down on sunscreens, self-tanners, and after-sun products from Shiseido to Olay. Today, I want to introduce you to what you should be looking for in a good sunscreen and show you how understand more about your skin, its type, and how dermatologists classify it.

Fitzpatrick Classification of Skin Types:

  • Type I Always burns and never tans (extremely sensitive)
  • Type II Always burns but sometimes tans (very sensitive)
  • Type III Sometimes tans but sometimes burns (sensitive)
  • Type IV Always tans but sometimes burns (minimally sensitive)
  • Type V Always tans and never burns (not sensitive)
  • Type VI Darkly pigmented brown or black skin (not sensitive to sunlight)

The sunlight is most concentrated between late morning to early afternoon (10am to 3pm), so exposure during these hours should be limited and protected. The rays you receive are made up of UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC is considered harmless as it rarely reaches us (tends to be absorbed by the atmosphere).

An effective sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB. Additionally, ingredients such as avobenzone, ecamsule, and zinc oxide are good against UVA; titanium dioxide is good, but it does not cover the entire UVA spectrum. Para-aminobenzoic acid, Para-aminobenzoic acid esters, salicylates, anthranilates, and benzophenones are good for sunscreening (Source).

You can get a full list of FDA approved active ingredients in sunscreens here.