Solar Sanctuary: Get a sun-kissed glow without sacrificing your skin.
As much as you might covet a deep tan during spring and summer, spending too much time in the sun can have severe effects on your skin. But don’t fret — there are ways to maintain your radiance without sacrificing your health!
First, you’ll need to find an SPF-containing sunscreen lotion that you actually like (so you’ll wear it every day). If you have dry or combination skin, look for sunscreen with a light moisturizer. If you’re acne-prone, reach for a formula that includes zinc oxide; it’s a natural bacteria fighter that can calm breakouts.
Once your skin is protected, invest in a powder, cream, gel or spray bronzer to provide the glow you’re looking for. Some brands, like Physicians Formula and Stila Cosmetics, offer bronzers that contain SPF — so your products can do double duty. Powder bronzers are easier to apply, while cream- or gel-based bronzers can help hydrate dry skin.
Here are two skin-saving sunscreens and one beautiful bronzer to put the perfect finishing touches on your summer makeup. Glow get ’em!
COOLA Suncare SPF 30 Plant UV Moisturizer
COOLA is known for its commitment to sustainable luxury skincare products, and its Plant UV line is no exception. Made with organic beeswax and reef-friendly zinc oxide to protect and nourish skin, it contains anti-inflammatory lilac leaf and beetroot extracts. $42 for 1.7 ounces, coolasuncare.com
Badger SPF 20 Damascus Rose Tinted Face Sunscreen
With a light tint to even out skin tone, this certified 100-percent natural sunscreen is made with rose, chamomile and lavender for an especially soothing layer of protection. It also includes reef-friendly zinc oxide for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. $25 for 1.6 ounces, badgerbalm.com
Tarte Colored Clay Bronzer Blush
This pressed-powder compact comes in Pink Bronze and Peach Bronze, so you can choose the shade that works best for your skin tone. With less sparkle than many other bronzers, its sheer pigment is perfect for those trying out bronzer for the first time. $30 for .31-ounce palette, tartecosmetics.com