What a wonderful feeling to wake up to sunshine! Like many of you, I love to see sunny skies and to feel the warmth on my skin. Gone are the carefree days, though, when we were ignorant about the dangers of UV exposure. UV exposure leads to increased risk of skin cancer. Period. With skin cancer on the rise (The Skin Cancer Foundation says more than two million people are diagnosed in the U.S. annually) it is more important than ever to be sun savvy and to stay out of the tanning beds. I do not care if the darling 16-year-old working in the tanning parlor tells you their beds are safe. They are NOT!!! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, than those who have never tanned indoors.” 74 percent! And, “People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.”
Keeping all that in mind, I know that we still want to play outside, and I know we still want to look amazing in (or out of) our spring and summer clothes. There are a ton of options that give you the ability to protect your skin and bronze it up at the same time. Thankfully! There are great products available which provide a sheer to moderate tint, some of which also include sun protection.
Most of he following are from Jane Iredale – the skin care makeup:
I talk a lot about Jane Iredale’s beautiful self-tanner, Tantasia. I still cannot get over the fact that it smells pleasant and citrusy, isn’t streaky, looks slightly bronzy immediately upon application, and then allows the wearer to build and maintain as much of a natural-looking tan as desired. When I apply it, I go ahead and apply a regular lotion to my elbows and feet so they don’t soak up extra tint, and it is recommended to wash your hands afterward so your palms don’t get a tan (that’d be weird). While it is still good to exfoliate your skin regularly, you don’t have to worry about scrubbing down before each Tantasia application. I’ve noticed the product doesn’t seem to collect in crease lines, like those on the back of the ankles, and that fading is gradual, not that weird flaking-off look that some self-tanners get. Tantasia works with the individual’s chemistry to produce a natural-looking tan. Remember that you will still need sun protection.
Dream Tint is a great Iredale product that offers a sheer coverage and SPF 15. This product helps to hold moisture in the skin and reduces the look of enlarged pores. When used on its own, Dream Tint is like a tinted moisturizer (though dryer or more mature skin will want to use their favorite moisturizer underneath). When used underneath one of Jane Iredale’s powderized mineral foundations, Dream Tint acts as a primer, smoothing the look of the skin, and allowing the foundation to provide more coverage. Dream Tint is available in 8 shades, from light to dark, including one called Warm Bronze that adds a little sun-kissed effect!
Jane Iredale also has a myriad of bronzing products that can be brushed on so you can bronze yourself to your heart’s content! The So Bronze collection is great to use on those areas where the sun would hit, like the cheeks and nose, for example. Those who experience redness in the cheek area may enjoy using bronzer instead of blush. You can also do a little contouring with So Bronze and a fan brush.
And, if you have read my blog before, you may already know that I really like Jane Iredale’s Powder Me SPF 30. It comes in Translucent, Tanned, and Golden. Tanned and Golden contribute to a slightly suntanned look, and all three offer a dry and chemical-free sun protection. Perfect for travel, this product will not spoil after baking in your hot car or your beach bag all day! Easy to put on squirmy kids and men 😉 , and easy to reapply your SPF without ruining your makeup, this is one SPF that’s a real crowd pleaser!
It’s great when SPF contains a tint. Skin Ceuticals has an SPF 50 with a universally flattering, sheer, and matte finish. Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is appropriate for all skin types, including very sensitive skin.
iS Clinical has two tinted sunscreens, SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen comes in regular and tinted (Perfect Tint), and moisturizes, protects, and hydrates; and SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen comes in Translucent and Medium, and is applied with a built-in brush, that’s handy! The Treatment Sunscreen is one that I have really enjoyed, and I like the Perfect Tint a lot. I do hope they will make a mid-tint someday, though! The Perfect Tint comes out quite dark, and for my face and neck I almost always am mixing it with the regular version. But! For my legs and arms, I blend it in full-strength for a temporary tanned look plus SPF all in one!
When it comes to looking tanned and being protected, there are so many options! Please check out SkinCancer.org for more statistics and for more ways to protect yourself There is no need to compromise your health in order to look good, so please, rock the self-tanner, sun protection, and bronzers like the superstar you are!