June 27th, 2012

Kate McCarthy guest post - “Bronzy” and the Beast

Beast in this case is not Prince Charming but rather harmful UV rays and ‘Bronzy’ is you. It always shocks me to see that in this day and age people still have not learned that taking an extra 3 minutes per day can save your skin from harmful and sometimes deadly UV damage (not to mention signs of aging!). I say 3 minutes because you should reapply protection AT LEAST three times a day and it really only takes one minute to get yourself covered from head to toe! Let’s Practice Safe Sun… we can even make it cool by abbreviating that saying #LPSS (everyone on Facebook and Twitter will want to know what it means… we could start a revolution!!!)

The products I have in my arsenal for protection are as follows:
glo therapeutics 15% Vitamin C Serum
glo therapeutics Oil Free SPF 40+
glo therapeutics SPF 40 Facial Moisturizer
glo minerals Protective Liquid Foundation - Satin II (I wear honey fair)
glo minerals Protecting Powder SPF 30

The products I have in my arsenal to fool any on looker into believing I worship the sun:
glo minerals Shimmer Brick in luster
glo minerals Bronze
glo minerals Body Bronzer
glo minerals Body Glisten in sunlight
glo minerals Gloss in bronze

I always start with 15% Vitamin C Serum on my face, neck and chest as it offers protection from free radicals and helps heal current damage. Then I apply SPF. If I need extra moisture I use SPF 40 Facial Moisturizer, if not I stick with my Oil Free SPF 40+. Most of us do not want to re-apply sunscreen on top of our make up during the day, so I use Protecting Powder SPF 30. You can use it on your body too, if you want a bronze look, choose the bronze shade, or opt for translucent (your choice.) The best thing about the Protecting Powder SPF 30 in bronze is that you can do a little body contouring as well… (No one needs to know that those abs you created were NOT by doing sit ups.)

As far as faking a tan goes, it is so much easier than sitting in the hot sun or paying to sit in a tanning bed and smelling like burnt skin for the rest of the day… Try a body bronzer that washes off at the end of the day and a powder bronzer for your face. If you want that all over bronze look don’t worry about “where to place the bronzer” just put an even amount all over your face using a fluffy powder brush, same goes for the body bronzer.

Skin cancer is “a tale as old as time” BUT with these products you can make your tale a healthy bronze one. I promise no one will know the difference, except you…and if you’re me, my cats know that my sun kissed skin and six pack are fake, but who are they going to tell?

Until next time!

Kate McCarthy is the National Makeup Artist for glo minerals.
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