From bronzers to sunscreen (and everything in-between), these prove a safe tan isn’t an oxymoron.
This story first appeared in the March 13, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Bronze Goddess Sunblush Illuminator
Nothing looks quite so right in warm weather as golden-touched skin. This soft powder offers a punch of color in rose and bronze hues and a luminous highlighting glow in one chic compact. $32 (Estée Lauder counters, esteelauder.com)
Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs Shave Minimizing Gradual Tan Moisturizer
A safe tan and less frequent hair removal requirements? Nivea provides both in this lotion, which deepens skin to a bronzed finish and contains ingredients to inhibit hair growth. It’s available in two shades for lighter and darker skin tones. $9.99 (Mass retailers)
Bare Minerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen
This 100 percent natural formula is an effective alternative to chemical sun protection. Meant for face and body, the fast-absorbing powder physically blocks the sun’s rays with micronized titanium dioxide that won’t leave a white residue, plus skin-repairing vitamins A, C and E. $28 (Bare Escentuals, select Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, sephora.com)
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La Baleine Blanche Face
Add an understated shimmery glow with this blend of soft gold, pinkish-nude and delicate cream pearlescent powders that somehow highlight and mattify simultaneously. The best part is that five percent of proceeds will be donated to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. $98 (Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Frédéric Fekkai, Jeffrey New York, Neiman Marcus, select Saks, Space NK)
Terracotta Eau Sous Le Vent
Even a sun-free tan can sometimes dry out the skin. This hydrating mist adds gradual color and helps prolong the life span of self-bronzers. In addition, its vegetable protein extracts help boost moisture content in parched skin with every use. $55 (Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, select Saks, Sephora, sephora.com)
The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid
More than a simple sunscreen, this light fluid protects the skin against UVA and UVB light. It contains La Mer’s exclusive hollow photonic spheres to redirect the sun’s rays, plus antioxidant-boosting tourmaline and malachite extracts and moisture-attracting red and brown algae. $65 (Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, select Saks, lamer.com)