Who doesn’t love summer? It’s the time to kick back at the beach or beside the pool, and get that beautiful bronze tan you’ve been waiting for—for let’s say, the past 9 months. Summer after summer, I engage in this fantasy, and each time I am painfully reminded: pale girls like you do not get tan, they burn. Whether you share my pale girl woes, or you are able to naturally get that glow that I envy, it is important to remember the dangers we expose ourselves to when having fun in the sun: Skin lesions, benign tumors, wrinkles, freckles, discoloration, sallowness (a yellow discoloration of the skin), telangiectasia (a dilation of small blood vessels under the skin), elastosis (destruction of elastic tissue) and skin cancer. These scary scientific terms are real-life threats to those of us who put ourselves at risk. How, then, are you supposed to get the golden tan you’ve been dreaming of, you ask? Celebrity makeup artist and professional cosmetic creator, Jennifer Bradley, offers 3 summer skin care tips and also answers the big question: How can we protect our skin and still exude a healthy summer glow?
1. Cover up. We’ve all heard that we should cover up when in the sun, but Bradley means this in a way we are more willing to accept: wear cover up that is loaded with titanium dioxide. “Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring ingredient that acts as a physical barrier against the sun’s harmful rays,” she explains. Bradley’s 4-in-1 Camera Ready Foundation also acts as this crucial barrier, while simultaneously perfecting skin tone and texture. (Bonus: it never causes break-outs!)
2. Fake it ’till you make it. We’ve all taken a gander at self-tanner—some turn us oompa-loompa orange, some leave us resembling human disco-balls, but Bradley’s Best Bronzer gives all skin tones “a warm glow without the shine or cake look.” Just ask President Obama—Bradley used this product on the U.S. prez right before he was elected.
3. Moisturize. Forgot to re-appply that SPF and wound up with a sunburn? Follow up with a non-scented, natural moisturizer to cool and calm the skin and decrease redness. Try Bradley’s Cooling Moisture Serum—it’s like a grown-up version of Aloe Vera.